Top 5 Picnic Spots Near Carnegie Hill

When the weather cooperates, we all love to get outside and explore the world around us. There is nothing more refreshing and soothing to the soul than a picnic in the sun, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Every city in the United States has incredible locations for picnicking. Below are 5 Great Places to Picnic near Carnegie Hill in New York City.

Ruppert Park

An excellent park for picnicking with young kids. There are playgrounds and water features during the summer to keep everyone cool from the NYC heat. Ruppert Park is a charming park and is typically only frequented by locals. Its best feature is the amount of shade in the park. There are so many trees (so you can enjoy a field of greenery in the middle of the city), escape the heat of the summer while you eat, and feel like you have a bit of privacy.

Monterey Public Garden

A tiny, perfect haven hidden between two large buildings. Trees outline the majority of the park, silhouetting the space in green rather than brick. Benches are nestled among shrubs and large planters of flowers and bushes cover the center of the garden, providing a peaceful view while eating lunch. On one side of the park there are also several picnic tables. Part of Monterey Public Garden’s charm is that you don’t expect it to be there and then, suddenly, you’ve stopped to eat and enjoy the beautiful landscaping. 

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Outside of the Historic Townhouse (home to the Smithsonian’s design collection and other rotating exhibits) is a charming garden and open lawn perfect for picnicking. The garden is sheltered from the busy NYC streets by a tall, elegant fence. Tables and chairs under umbrellas are available as well as plenty of green grass. Picnics in the shade of this Historic Townhouse feel elegant and timeless. It is a unique and relatively unknown way to spend the afternoon in Carnegie Hill.

East Pinetum (Central Park)

Central Park has been one of the best places to picnic in New York City for so long, it seems unnecessary to list it as a Top 5 picnic location. However, there are two great locations for picnic spots in Central Park (just West of the Carnegie Hill neighborhood) that are worth mentioning. The first is East Pinetum, a gorgeous grove of Pine Trees that offers plenty of shade and picnic tables. East Pinetum is South of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, but is past the crowds on the Great Lawn and in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is a great place for picnicking in the shade and enjoying the feel of being surrounded by lush trees.

East Meadow (Central Park)

East Meadow is the second fabulous picnic space in Central Park worth adding to this list. From Carnegie Hill, all you have to do is cross 5th Avenue and head a few blocks North to the 97th Street Transverse of Central Park. East Meadow, much like the more famous Sheep Meadow or Great Lawn, is a vast expanse of grassy lawn where picnickers can spread out, run around, play games, practice Yoga, or sunbathe. The meadow is surrounded by trees, so it is also an ideal location for any picnickers who like a little more shade. 

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