Finding the Best Picnic Areas
Is there a simple and easy way
to find the ideal location for your next picnic? Many people think that there
is but don’t know how to go about finding it. For those of you that would like
to minimize the necessary search time that it takes to find out where to go for
a fun party picnic, this article was written for you.
Before you pack your picnic
basket or backpack there are some fundamental things you may wish to consider
before you leave on your picnic party. The question was recently asked, “How
does one find a good place to have a picnic?” As the discussion progressed it
became more and more apparent that I should write an article and share my own
insights on what I have learned and, hopefully, it will minimize any confusion
or uncertainty you may have. in finding the right place to have a picnic.
Before I get into this I will
point out that I don’t have enough room to go into any environmental, plant or
wildlife concerns that may be inherent in your particular area of inquiry. That
will be the subject of a future article. If you have any questions about this
please check with the local experts in your area, which you may be able to find
in the search resources below.
The first thing I did was to
break down my search as to whether our picnic party was going to be local to
our area or, if we were looking for the perfect area to dine and relax while we
were traveling away from home. In some cases it will be the same so let me
point out the differences as I go forward. I personally give great value to the
recommendations of my friends and family when I’m doing research, and, in this
case it was no different. I also use my favorite search engines like Google,
Yahoo and Bing. I go to their search window and type in “picnic areas, (town or
county), (state),” press enter and then explore the results. The results window
will show the first ten results of my search which are links to websites with
information pertinent to my search. Then I just go down the list and click on
the links that I’m interested in. Included in the search results are city,
county and state websites which often have some useful information. If I’m not
satisfied I will next, call the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor Center and ask for their recommendations. They usually have more than enough
information as to the best places to go. There are also a number of books which
can be purchased at the local bookstore, sporting goods store or many of the
places that cater to outdoor activities.
A good book or website on the
hiking and biking trails in your area will reveal a variety of places that can
be reached by a short hike or bike ride to a more secluded or picturesque area
suitable for your picnic outing. There is much more available today for the
backpacking picnic crowd than there was ten years ago. One can supply
themselves with one of the backpacking cooler totes, which include separate
food and beverage compartments, and broaden your choices of where to go for
your picnic. Both this and the standard, non-insulated versions have been well
received by hiking and biking enthusiasts and should be considered if you are
planning more that a short walk from your car.
If you are on a trip out of
your local area you may use many of the above methods to find the ideal
location for your picnic party. If you don’t have internet access you may wish
to talk to the same people listed above or use your GPS, which is good for
finding parks and recreation areas. If you happen to be staying at a hotel you
can often get information from the front desk or the concierge, if they have
Once you have narrowed down
your choices of picnic locations, you will have to determine your own needs and
wishes in order to finalize your selection. Here are some examples of questions
you may ask yourself:
- Is your picnic going to be a family affair with BBQ grilling, or is
it a romantic excursion for two, with a nice picnic wine basket?
- Will you be biking or hiking to your final destination, or will you
be parking close by your picnic area?
- What will be your planned activities after you arrive?
- Will you need to bring in your own BBQ grill or insulated
tailgating cooler with charcoal or gas grill?
- How about picnic tables? Will you need to bring in your own folding
table with seats, an umbrella, fold-up outdoor furniture and blankets, or
is this sufficiently provided at the site?
Figuring this all out is relatively easy to
do and is best done before you leave home in order to minimize any unwanted
surprises at your destination. This will be much more conducive to your being
able to relax and enjoy yourself once you get to where you are going to have
your party picnic.