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 near Times Square in New York City.
The most famous New York City Park, by far, but for good reason, which is why Central Park makes this list. It is iconic. It is also extremely large and centrally located, making it ideal for picnics. There are several places in Central Park where you will run into more tourists and crowds. Bethesda Fountain is one of those places. Although it is gorgeous, it is hard to picnic near the fountain. The area surrounding the Zoo and Wollman Rink is also usually crowded.
Sheep Meadow and The Great Lawn are famous picnic locations. They can be crowded but have amazing views of the Park and the NYC Skyline. It’s worth a shot to attempt a picnic here, and if you can find a spot for yourself the picnic will be perfect. You can also head to Arthur Ross Pinetum for a quieter spot with picnic tables or wander even further to the North Meadow or East Meadow (vast expanses perfect for picnics).
Bryant Park is the closest park to Times Square. It is also a beloved, historic New York City Park. Bryant Park is home to the NY Public Library’s main branch (a stunningly beautiful building worth visiting). But behind the library is the reason this park makes the Top 5 list – 4 acres of open green space perfect for a picnic on the grass. However, if you don’t feel like taking a picnic blanket along, there are also plenty of small tables and chairs on the walkways at the edges of the park. No matter what picnicking mood you’re in, Bryant Park has you covered. And I always recommend stopping in the library first for some excellent reading material while you lounge in the sun.
Lorraine Hansberry Park
A few blocks West of Times Square is the charming, little park perfect for afternoon picnics with the kids. There is a large playground as well as basketball and handball courts. You can enjoy the shade under dozens of trees as well as the semi-privacy they provide. This park is not designed for picnic blankets and baskets, but there are benches and picnic tables everywhere. It is a fabulous spot for spending an afternoon at the park with the family and is rarely crowded.
Picnicking in Rockefeller Center/Plaza is an entirely unique experience. Stopping here for a bite to eat is not your typical picnic, because this is not a park with grassy lawns or picnic pavilions under large oak trees. Rockefeller Center is a bustling tourist attraction in NYC, but if you enjoy the excitement, then picnicking at one of the small tables in the Center or on a bench in the Plaza is a wonderful experience. And you never know if someone famous might walk by.
745 Plaza (Public Plaza)
A few blocks North of Times Square is this fabulous haven. This little nook was clearly designed to be enjoyed as a picnic spot. Tables and chairs fill this plaza where shade is provided by the nearby skyscrapers and the trees amid beds of flowers. Benches line the outside of the plaza for additional seating. It is typically easy to find a place to sit. Picnicking at 745 Plaza feels like enjoying a popular outdoor café but with more greenery and less crowds.
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