Looking for a prime picnic area for a nibble alongside your significant other? There are excellent picnic spots all throughout Georgia.
Here are five of our favorite choices.
1. Cobb Park
You’ll find many picnic area options at Cobb Park in Smyrna. Among the park’s nearly six acres, visitors discover a baseball field, a pair of playgrounds—one specifically for toddlers—and a picnic pavilion for special events. If you forget the picnic basket, several restaurants whip up delicacies in the nearby Smyrna Market Village. Grab to-go orders at Atkins Park Tavern, Village Sushi and Gourmet, Zucca Bar & Pizzeria, or elsewhere for an impromptu outdoor meal.
2. Stone Mountain Park
Need a picnic area in Stone Mountain Park? Countless live amid the 3,200 acres of picturesque beauty. The sprawling Memorial Lawn provides one of the best picnic locales in the park, complete with the backdrop of the face of Stone Mountain, which features a Civil War-inspired carving. Head to the lawn for a picnic dinner just before the nighttime seasonal Lasershow Spectacular with its bold flashes of light, blazing fireballs, and fireworks bursting above.
Picnic pavilions can be found throughout the park’s grounds, or simply stake out a natural picnic spot along a gorgeous walking trail. When you’re done eating, consider investing in an Adventure Pass so you can burn off calories by partaking in the oodles of attractions.
3. River Street
This tourist district in downtown Savannah teems with shops, restaurants, watering holes, and more. Not only can travelers save a few bucks by bringing their own prepared meal in a basket, but it certainly adds something different and unique to simply dining out while on vacation. Unveil a romantic picnic on a bench or even atop a small wall facing the Savannah River along River Street. As industrial ships and dinner cruise boats float by, picnicking pairs can nosh while soaking up the view.
4. Gateway Park
Have a musical meal at Gateway Park. The trailhead of the Ocmulgee River Heritage Trail, Gateway lays claim to a life-size statue of Macon-born soul singer, the late Otis Redding. Bring a portable speaker, and you’ll have a solid soundtrack to a fantastic themed picnic. Its grassy hillside has plenty of room for stretching out on a blanket. Want to catch something for your next meal? Feel free to cast a line into the river.
5. Bogan Park
Before or after a picnic, this 83-acre park has plenty to keep you busy. An indoor aquatic center, sand volleyball courts, and two miles of trails make up just a portion of what Bogan Park has to offer. Set up shop in a picnic pavilion or make your meal on a grill. Or leave the heavy lifting to Rico Cunnington, owner of Rico’s World Kitchen. Grab some take-out from this acclaimed eatery. Think chicken Cuban sandwiches, fried green tomato and portobello mushroom sammies, and more. Park hours are sunrise to sunset, unless noted.
From the sandy coast to landlocked suburbia, the Peach State has more than enough places to park a blanket and a basket.