5 Great Places to Have a Picnic in Philadelphia, PA

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 Philadelphia.

Fairmount Park

An historic park that covers both sides of the Schuylkill River with the East Park Reservoir at the center of East Fairmount Park. The park is known for its spaciousness with plenty of room to play, picnic, and wander in nature. Cherry trees line the river and the reservoir. Belmont Plateau on the West side of the river sits atop a hill and is fantastic for picnicking. You can see downtown Philadelphia in the distance but still feel as though you’ve escaped the city. And, if you’re picnicking with family, there are plenty of playgrounds, including the historic Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse.

Rittenhouse Square

One of several iconic public squares/green spaces in Downtown Philadelphia. Rittenhouse Square is populated with waking paths, benches, large trees, and grassy expanses. It is surrounded by views of Philadelphia skyscrapers and at night, the trees and walkways are lit up with string of lights. A picnic in Rittenhouse Square feels historic and classic; it feels like a quiet, still moment in a bustling city.

Bartram’s Garden

Bartram’s Garden is a National Historical Landmark and an absolute must-see. Not only are there expansive trails of gardens, but beautiful views over the Skuylkill River and a community farm you can visit as well. It is also secretly one of the best places to see the Philadelphia skyline. They have a large designated picnic area.

Wissahickon Valley Park

One of the largest parks in the Philadelphia area with more than 50 miles of trails to explore and enjoy. The park sits on both sides of Wissahickon Creek, a popular spot for trout fishing. There are natural waterfalls throughout the park that make for excellent picnic sites if you’re up for exploring the trails first and then setting your lunch out along the water’s edge. The park is so large it feels as though you can return to it again and again and still find new places to stop for a picnic. Wissahickon is highly recommended as both an outing in nature and a place for picnicking.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

A super fun park on the Delaware River, just south of Old City Philadelphia. Vendors around the park sell food, cocktails, and craft beers. But what really makes Spruce Street Harbor a Top 5 Park is their unique picnic table amenities. They have traditional benches and colorful tables with chairs, but they also have hammocks of every color throughout the entire park. Take a rest under the trees and look out at the Delaware River after eating to your heart’s content and then take a nap in one of the hammocks. 

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