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7 Best Places for a Spring Picnic in Raleigh

Spring is in the air in Raleigh and the flowers are in full bloom, so it only makes sense that this Sunday (April 23) is National Picnic Day! Celebrate this weekend with an old-fashioned picnic complete with great food, cold drinks and the company of your favorite people. Raleigh is home to plenty of lush greenery and fantastic parks and gardens that provide the perfect setting for a spring picnic. Here are the seven best places to have a picnic in and around the city.

The Rose Garden

This beautiful garden is famous for its array of over 1,000 stunning roses. The Rose Garden is perfect for an intimate, romantic picnic. Enjoy the stunning views and sweet fragrance of the flowers as you spend time with the one you love. In the warmer months, musicians play in a small outdoor amphitheater, making for the perfect accompaniment to your relaxing day out.

Lassiter Mill Park

Want a more secluded picnic spot? This hidden gem gets very little traffic, and so it is a great choice for an intimate picnic. Eat in the open fields or, if you prefer picnic tables, there are a few available. Unwind while you listen to the water babble as it falls from the beautiful dam. The rustic scenery includes remnants of the old working mill on the far side of the creek. The more adventurous can shimmy down the rocky stairs for a closer view of the water.

Nash Square Park

Don’t think that you have to leave the city to find a perfect picnic spot. Nash Square Park is located in downtown Raleigh and it is one of the last remaining historical outdoor areas in Raleigh. Nash Square covers four acres and is located across McDowell Street from the News & Observer office. Inside the park, you will find a larger-than-life statue of the paper’s publisher, Josephus Daniels, standing watch over the green space. With plenty of parking and its central location, Nash Square Park is a great place to take the family or meet up with friends.

Pullen Park

Visit Pullen Park and imagine what a picnic was like in the late 1800s. The park, established in 1887, was the first public park established in North Carolina. Located next to North Carolina State University, the park offers more than 60 acres of outdoor spaces that are perfect for a warm spring afternoon. The park also offers an arts center, a community center, and a number of amusements perfect for the entire family. There are plenty of more secluded areas that are perfect for a more romantic picnic.

Lake Raleigh

Lay your blanket down for a picnic right behind Hunt Library on NCSU Centennial Campus and take in the beautiful panoramic view of the lake and campus. The park is a favorite for joggers, bikers, walkers, college students, and cheerful puppies in the springtime. The best time to visit Lake Raleigh is around sunset for a gorgeous view of the scenery.

Lake Wheeler

We’ve saved the best for last! Lake Wheeler is the favorite picnic spot among locals. It boasts much more than beautiful lakeside views and open green spaces. You can rent boats, watch as your children romp on the playground, and enjoy the wide open spaces. If you’re planning a family reunion or graduation party, Lake Wheeler is a wonderful place to bring your loved ones together.

Pick your favorite spot on this list, grab a blanket, some food and beverages, and you’re all set for an unforgettable spring picnic in Raleigh. If you find yourself in Midtown, be sure to stop by and say hello! We’re always more than happy to show you around. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 800.528.1282.

Hope to see you soon!