Pack a Lunch and Enjoy the Best Picnic Spots in Atlanta

It's picnic time; here are some perfect spots to dine out-of-doors in Atlanta.
  • Piedmont Park boasts 180 acres of green space. (Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    Piedmont Park boasts 180 acres of green space. (Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
  • Bring the fam, fam! Chastain Park has great accommodations for kids. (James Duckworth, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    Bring the fam, fam! Chastain Park has great accommodations for kids. (James Duckworth, AtlantaPhotos.com)
  • Stone Mountain Park has a lot to explore. (Stone Mountain Park.)
    Stone Mountain Park has a lot to explore. (Stone Mountain Park.)

Hey Boo Boo. Atlanta is warming up, and it’s time to stuff your basket with goodies and spend an afternoon at one of the city’s best picnic locations.

  • Candler Park: Located near Little Five Points, Candler Park is the perfect neighborhood park for spending an afternoon on a picnic blanket.

  • Chastain Park: Not only does this Buckhead park have large expanses of sprawling, hilly lawns for relaxing, Chastain Park also offers  golf, baseball, horseback riding, and walking and running the trails. You can even bring your picnic to the Chastain Park Ampitheatre while attending a concert under the stars.

  • Grant Park: This tranquil, popular in-town park is filled with tall oak trees, providing perfect shade from Atlanta’s sun.

  • Historic Fourth Ward Park: This beautiful new park is functional (with a two-acre retention pond) as well as beautiful, featuring open lawns, a playground, a splash pad, an outdoor theater and a skate park.

  • Piedmont Park: One of Atlanta’s most historic and most popular parks occupies more than 180 acres of green space, so you’re sure to find the perfect spot for a picnic.

  • Stone Mountain Park: A few minutes outside of the city is a small price to pay to be in 3,200 acres of greenery and scenery. 

  • Woodruff Park: Photo ops abound at this scenic and historic spot, from the Atlanta from the Ashes statue, to the giant "ATL" playground. And don't forget the nice backdrop of a curved water fountain setting a relaxing background noise for your picnic.

Still looking? See our guide to Atlanta's parks and gardens and find your next picnic destination.

Beth Clark is a writer and foodie who loves to roam around Atlanta, uncovering the city's quirky, glam, upscale and down-home character. Curiosity is her compass, and you'll find her writing on www.thecitydweller.me.

 

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