Warmer weather is on the way! Time to throw down a blanket and up your outdoor food game. Pack an epic charcuterie plate, big sandwich spread or stop at your favorite take out spot and head for the great outdoors. Picnics are a wonderful spot for celebrating birthdays, hanging with the crew or surprise your SO with a romantic afternoon date!

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Uptown Views

First Ward Park
301 E 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Dine under the skyscrapers in this four-acre park in Uptown Charlotte. Bring lunch or visit The Market at 7th Street for some fab grab and go options. Close to Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, bars and restaurants, you can keep the good times rolling all night long. In warmer weather pack a change of clothes and cool off in the spray ground!

Classic Charlotte

Freedom Park
2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203 ·
Longtime resident or recent arrival, a day at Freedom Park is a city dweller requirement. The 98-acres of outdoor space includes walking paths, playgrounds, a seven-acre lake, bandshell, basketball courts, tennis courts, bikes and so much more – load up the car and see how much you can pack in. Dress accordingly for tons of cool picture ops then hang your hammock for a much-deserved nap.

Endless Possibilities

Latta Nature Preserve
6345 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078
If you prefer a side of adventure with your open air meal, Latta Nature Preserve should be at the top of the list. Fill up on good eats then spend the afternoon hiking or hit the water and paddle out to Mountain Island Lake. Want to try a few more activities? Explore Historic Latta Plantation or the Carolina Raptor Center, or throw in a line to see if the fish are biting.

Picnic Time, Any Time

Anne Close Springs Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715
If spur of the moment is your spirit animal, head to Anne Close Springs Greenway for the best picnic ever – with very little preparation. The entrance fee is $14 per person but everything you need for a memorable afternoon is right inside the gates. Visit the Gateway Canteen for a yummy meal (hello instant picnic) then explore the over 2,100 square feet of open space (twice the size of Central Park!). Also check out Sunday Brunch and live music on the weekend.

Dining with Dogs

McAlpine Creek Park
8711 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212
No need to leave your favorite four-legged companions behind when adventure calls. At McAlpine Creek Park you can nosh on lunchtime favorites then take the fur kids to Ray’s Fetching Meadow to run around. There are separate off leash areas for large and small dogs so everyone can have a great time. After a round of zoomies and a walk around the 114-acre park, you’ll be ready to head home to relax.

Try all five and pic(nic) a favorite!