Picnic Dining

In April 2020, Do, Web Exclusive by Lauren Kruchten

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WEB EXCLUSIVE After being cooped up in our houses for so long, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as getting outside. This National Picnic Day (April 23) we encourage you to pack a picnic, or grab takeout from a locally-owned restaurant, and head out to one of Raleigh’s gorgeous parks for a leisurely outdoor meal. Just be sure to stay six feet away from fellow picnickers, and keep in mind that park facilities, including bathrooms, are closed.

Dorothea Dix Park
2105 Umstead Drive
Dix Park’s hill overlooking Raleigh’s skyline is the ideal place for a picnic with a stellar view. Plus, with its close location to Downtown Raleigh, you can easily swing by one of your favorite local eateries for takeout on the way there.

Ford Fletcher Park
820 Clay Street
Set out a blanket at Fletcher Park’s grassy amphitheater to enjoy a tranquil picnic away from home. 

NCMA Park
2110 Blue Ridge Road
The art museum’s park has a plethora of great picnic spots, all of which are surrounded by beautiful works of art. Spread out in the sunny field near the gyre rings, underneath the shade of trees along the trails, or at a table near the park’s entrance. 

UPDATE 4/24 – The NCMA is no longer allowing picnics at the park. Only walking, running and biking is allowed.

Pullen Park
520 Ashe Avenue
Choose a grassy spot underneath one of the many trees lining Pullen Park’s pond to reminisce on days spent pedal boating, riding the carousel or attending a program at Theatre in the Park. 

Moore Square
226 E Martin Street
If you can’t go into any of your favorite businesses in Downtown Raleigh, surrounding yourself with them is the next best thing. Moore Square’s large grassy field is perfect for laying out with a takeout meal and pretending you’re eating at your favorite restaurant.

Raleigh Rose Garden
2703 Everett Avenue
Stop and smell the roses while enjoying a classy picnic of wine, charcuterie and cheese (date night anyone?). With the abundance of beautiful flowers and other foliage, there’s no bad spot to lay out!

Lake Johnson Nature Park
4601 Avent Ferry Road
Pack some snacks to enjoy on Lake Johnson’s sandy beach—the grassy area behind the dam is also a popular spot for laying out—after a leisurely walk around the park.

Nash Square
200 S McDowell Street
An abundance of shady trees make Nash Square the perfect spot for picnicking on a hot day. Stroll through the park with a sandwich from a nearby takeout restaurant or take a seat on one of the benches.

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