5 Great Places to Have a Picnic in Newark, NJ

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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 Newark.

Branch Brook Park

360 acres of breathtaking nature. Branch Brook Park boasts gorgeous nature trails with bridges over rivers and lakes. In the Spring, Cherry Trees fill the park with bright colors and a feeling of joy. Picnicking under the Cherry Trees along the lake is a truly breathtaking experience. Prudential Concert Grove is a well-landscaped area of the park with lion statues, a gazebo, and fountains in the lake. I suggest visiting this grove if you’re looking for a more dramatic, classical view.

West Hudson Park

This park is a great combination of land and water. There is a large fishing, a water park, sport facilities, and several paths to follow over hills and under trees. It is a true escape from the havoc of city and a great place to picnic because no matter where you wander, you are sure to find a gorgeous place to sit and enjoy a good meal.

Weequahic Park

Everything you’d want for a day out picnicking is in Weequahic Park. There are playgrounds, hidden groves with plenty of shade for a wooded picnic, a golf course, baseball fields, and a track. In the middle of the park sits Weequahic Lake, a large lake with benches along the paths that follow it with fantastic water views. For a fun adventure, I recommend climbing to the large stone pavilion on Divident Hill. 

Essex County Riverfront Park

Situated on the Passaic River, this park is made for play. The two playgrounds are fairly new and each quite different from the other. There are also several athletics fields and courts to enjoy before eating your picnic. However, if you’re looking for a peaceful day out in nature, the park also offers large open green spaces where you can spread out a blanket and look out on the river. 

Independence Park

A beloved community park for Southern Newark. Head to Independence Park with the family for a combination of play and relaxation. There are softball diamonds and soccer fields, playgrounds, and a charming gazebo. Kids particularly love picnicking in Independence Park and adults will love the Cherry Trees that bloom in the Springtime.

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