5 Great Place to Have a Picnic in Columbus, OH

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 in Columbus.

Topiary Park

There is no more whimsical, picturesque park. Topiary Park is appropriately named as its best known features are its sculpted bushes. Scattered through the park, along the lagoon or nestled in small gardens, are topiaries shaped like people and dogs. They are extremely charming and finding them all makes for a fun scavenger hunt. Spread a blanket on the open lawn next to the lagoon, and marvel at the view of the water with a shrub sculpted to look like a man rowing a canoe. 

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

Walking and running trails that wind over rivers and lagoons, through shady trees and over open fields, Scioto Audubon has everything you would want in a classic, city park, but with some exciting additions. This is an excellent park to take the whole family. Kids and adults will enjoy the large Climbing Wall or the large playgrounds throughout the park. There are shaded picnic tables near the Climbing Wall and benches along the Scioto Greenway (with views of the river and modern sculptures). Or you can wander along the trails to find a nice, open clearing just waiting for a picnic basket and blanket.

Whetstone Community Recreation

This park is a unique combination of open prairies, nature trails, and carefully landscaped gardens. It is over 130 acres nestled in North Columbus, making it one of the best places to explore and to have a picnic. Set yourself next to Whetstone Pond and enjoy the birdlife and the calm waters or have a romantic moment in Whetstone Park Gazebo after strolling through the Columbus Park of Roses. Any path you choose will lead to an enjoyable day outdoors.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

For a more aesthetic park where human artistry mingles with nature, visit Franklin Park. The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are free to the public. There are indoor and outdoor installations to explore, and large areas designed for picnicking. The grounds are very well taken care of year-round, so you never have to worry about litter ruining a beautiful day out.

Schiller Park

A historic park in the German Village of Columbus that is home to Actor’s Theatre Columbus’ open air stage. The Western part of the park features a large fishing pond, while scattered through the rest of the park are open, grassy expanses spectacled with the occasional fountain surrounded by trees and benches. Whether you prefer to picnic on the edge of a fountain, on a bench, or on an open field nestled under a large tree, Schiller Park is the place for you.

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