Great Picnic Spots for Groups or Couples

This week Patch Picks lists five places for picnicking.

It's the time of year to take advantage and prepare picnics. The parks and museum listed below are all great places for a picnic. Some have children's parks nearby, and others are casual in their picnic offering and offer shade, socializing and a great view -  all are gifts of the great outdoors (and the organizations that tend to it).

One of the most beautiful and lush strips of the parks along the Charles River, this area has parking a plenty, porta-potties, some picnic benches and plenty of open space or hidden and shaded spots for laying out blankets. It is located here.

The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum welcomes families and friends to bring blankets, camping chairs and food for picnics on their wooded 35-acre campus. Enjoy half-off admission through May 28 or bike to the museum and get free admission. The park is located at 51 Sandy Pond Road. 

Hopkinton State Park has extensive facilities for picnicking, barbecue and beyond. There are 300 picnic tables and 165 charcoal cooking spots available on a first-come first-served basis. Also available at the park are boat rentals, swimming, stocked fishing, restroom access and many trails. The park is located at 268 Cedar St. 

A beloved park which has picnic and barbecue sites given by permit on a first-come first-serve basis. Each site has one stationary picnic table and one charcoal grill and can accommodate up to eight people. In the 64-acre park are views of downtown Boston, a love temple, an allee, and an enclosed children's park. It is located on Goddard Avenue.

The Greenways Conservation Area, previously the Paine Estate, was one of the last open parcels of land in Wayland when the Sudbury Valley Trustees and the Town of Wayland purchased it in 1995. Now, the land is 63 acres of fields, woods, wetlands and recreational areas including picnic tables and 1/2 mile of shoreline with the Sudbury River. For directions to the park, click here.  

Heidi Zizza May 12, 2011 at 07:08 PM
Callahan state park also!
Caroline Luis May 12, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Hey Heidi, Thanks for commenting! I've never been there. Another park, while I'm at it, is of Cochituate State Park, which I didn't mentioned since I figure most people have already been there.
Robert Fucci May 12, 2011 at 08:58 PM
There are also some nice spots near the ice rink and baseball fields in Framingham.


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