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Picnic Spots NYC

New York City has some of the most beautiful, lush parks. Whether you want to spend the day DIY picnicking and getting lost inside Central Park, or retreat from the urban jungle to a secret oasis under the shade of the trees – we’ve got you covered with the loveliest green spaces across the five boroughs’. Happy picnicking!

Sheep’s Meadow in Central Park is one of the most notorious places to picnic, sunbathe, and enjoy a beautiful summer day with friends. It is one of the largest patches of greenery on the island and attracts hundreds of New Yorkers every day.

Spring and summer are prime times to enjoy the sunshine laying on the grass in Bryant Park. With plenty of spots to grab a bite around the park it makes for an excellent place to spend your afternoon/evening. The park also offers movie nights every Monday throughout the summer months.

Situated next to the Flatiron Building and Eataly, Madison Square Park makes for a perfect happy escape for an afternoon break from the busy midtown area. From the colorful playground, the spacious dog run, large grassy area, and the constantly changing public art displays – there is something to do for the whole family. Pro tip: stop by Eataly for some refreshing gelato after!

Located along the East River, Astoria Park is a area to spend an afternoon or evening. With a panoramic vantage point on the central lawn, it is a wonderful place to spend your time.

People seeking a waterfront eat-and-nap should not overlook Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island. The shoreline BBQ area is great for parties of twenty or fewer and it has a daffodil-surrounded middle lawn by the field house and cherry trees along the walkways of the park.

The Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Williamsburg is a seven-acre expanse that sits flush against the river and offers stunning view of Manhattan’s skyline.

Fort Tryon Park has sweeping views of the Hudson River, lush greenery and the highest point in Manhattan. Feel like you are in another world with a view of the Cloisters and escape the large groups of New Yorker’s in this park.

Governors Island has a great greenspace for outdoor activities and picnics. It offers panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The island does allow outside food; however, there are plenty of vendors at Liggett Terrace.

Prospect Park is home to Brooklyn’s only lake and last remaining forest and a beautiful urban park situated between the neighborhoods of Park Slope and Prospect Heights.