Broad lawns. Stone walls. Shade trees. Serene ponds. Find your picnic basket and outdoor utensils, then check out these special places to dine al fresco – no reservations required!
Slocum's River Reserve, South Dartmouth
Enjoy panoramas of this lovely tidal river from several points on the Reserve; the best place to spread your repast may be at Angelica’s Overlook, situated at the southern end of the property. Here you’ll experience views of the river mouth and Buzzards Bay that will have you salivating.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich
The rolling, half-mile-long Grand Allee makes a wonderful spot for spreading a blanket. And, on Thursday nights during the summer, you can even enjoy music and dancing under the stars with our weekly picnic concerts!
World's End, Hingham
In 2006, Boston magazine elevated this spectacular South Shore reservation to “Best Of” status under the picnic category. After touting the property’s natural beauty, judges wrote: “Just add paper plates and homemade sandwiches for a dining experience to rival that of any swanky sidewalk café.”
Rocky Woods, Medfield
A quintessential destination for families. Set down your picnic basket at one of numerous tables (some of which are accessible to people with disabilities). Walk around Chickering Pond or enjoy a longer foray on carriage roads and cart paths to work up an appetite before returning. Then just add food!
Coolidge Reservation, Manchester-by-the-Sea
For the perfect mix of views and picnic-friendly terrain, this ocean side property on the North Shore is hard to beat. Follow the pathway that leads to the Ocean Lawn and stop. This broad expanse of green is matched only by the blue waters of Massachusetts Bay spreading before you.
Dexter Drumlin, Lancaster
Here, atop this open hillside overlooking the north-of-Worcester countryside, you’ll find another destination ideal for family picnickers. Set down your picnic basket at a perfect spot under the sky then follow the loop trail along a tributary of the Nashua River before returning to share the bounty.
Bryant Homestead, Cummington
Families and friends have been enjoying picnics on this country estate above the Westfield River Valley since William Cullen Bryant and his kin were in residence more than a century ago. Keep the tradition alive at the picnic tables alongside the house or spread a blanket.
Tyringham Cobble, Tyringham
Your visit to this magical place in the foothills of the Berkshires would not be complete without a an outdoor repast overlooking the bucolic Tyringham Valley. Find your picnic place near the open pastures of the Cattle Field or climb to the open spaces and overlooks atop the Cobble.