5 Great Places to Have a Picnic in Denver, CO

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 Denver.

City Park

With views of the city and the mountains in the distance, and plenty of open green space, City Park is definitely one of the best places for a picnic in Denver. The park is home to two large lakes (Ferrill Lake and Duck Lake) as well as the Denver Zoo. There are trails throughout the park, an open meadow on the East Side, and several designated Picnic Sites. 

Cheesman Park

A stone pavilion of classic architectural design (likely Roman inspired), fountains, large meadows of open space for laying down a picnic blanket, and paths lined with trees and benches. Cheesman Park is made for relaxing in the sun, enjoying the company of family and friends, and for sandwiches that always taste better when they come from a picnic basket. Cheesman Park is also home to the Denver Botanic Gardens, a great place to explore and marvel at nature when visiting this park.

Hudson Gardens

Located just south of Denver is this oasis made of tranquil waterways, bridges, lush foliage, and blooming flowers. There are several places to explore in Hudson Gardens (free to the public) and plenty of spots to take a break for a picnic lunch. Concerts are often held in the evenings as well. 

Washington Park

If you’re looking for a picnic with stunning mountain views in the distance, Washington Park is the place to be. Settle on a bench along the lake, looking out of the water to the trees and the mountains in the distance. There are several playgrounds and well-kept picnic sites throughout the park as well as groves of trees that light up like magic during a sunset when the rays of the sun peer through the leaves.

Alamo Placita Park

Alamo Placita Park is a beautifully, carefully designed park with gardens of vibrant flowers and paths shaded by trees of every kind. It is also one of the smaller, quieter parks in Denver, but with just as much space for lounging on a picnic blanket or tossing the ball around with your dog. 

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