5 Great Place to Have a Picnic in Raleigh/Durham, NC

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 Raleigh or Durham.

Raleigh Rose Garden

A beautiful, traditionally landscaped garden with a wide variety of roses. Stone pathways traipse through the garden, fountains provide elegant focal points in the center of the garden, and vine-wrapped pergolas make for some shade as you walk around. This garden is tranquil and not so overcrowded with flowers or landscaping that you feel overwhelmed by it. Pause for a picnic on the steps of the Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre which overlooks the garden.

JC Raulston Arboretum

Arboretums are usually phenomenal places to picnic because they are well-designed and full of greenery. This living museum has plant life from nearly every climate in the world, but the best parts are the benches and picnic tables scattered along the paths of the Arboretum. There are even plenty of fields for an open picnic where you can play catch with the frisbee or football.

Dorothea Dix Park

There is no other park so classically setup for picnics as Dorothea Dix Park. The majority of the park is a vast, open lawn with the occasional tree for shade. The space is perfect for picnics in the sun, with lawn games and more than enough room to spread out and enjoy oneself. In the summer, Dorothea Dix Park becomes extra special when the field of sunflowers blooms. 

William B. Umstead State Park

This park boasts over 5,000 acres of woodlands with three manmade fishing lakes. There is so much to explore that visiting the park can feel overwhelming but is hard to go wrong. Picnic Pavilions are located nearly everywhere, and benches can be found along the trails. The lakes have walking trails and open grass areas to stop, sit and eat. Or you can follow Sycamore Trail and choose to picnic on the large rocks along Sycamore Creek, watching the water rush by you.

Eno River State Park

Much like William Umstead Park, Eno River State Park is vast. It is filled with woodland trails, bridges, and many rocks over the river to climb on. Many people opt to canoe along Eno River, stopping for lunch when they find a landing site along the way. You can also picnic on the lawn near the historic Piper-Cox House. Be sure not to miss the suspension bridge (also known as the Eno River Pedestrian Bridge) for a fun start to your hike. 

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