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The Best Places in Raleigh for a Spring Picnic

April 22, 2015

Did you know that April 23rd is National Picnic Day? 

Where are you planning to celebrate the holiday?

If you’re in Raleigh, you just so happen to be in one of the best cities for a picnic, and there are plenty of places to check out for a tranquil outdoor meal in the springtime. Check out some of the best places for a picnic in Raleigh, and make plans with your sweetheart, friends, or your entire family to get outside and enjoy a picnic. 

  • Nash Square: Located in downtown Raleigh, Nash Square is four acres of outdoor beauty. Due to its central location and abundance of parking, Nash Square is a great place to take the family or meet up with friends to enjoy a picnic in one of the few remaining historical outdoor spaces in Raleigh. 
  • Pullen Park: Pullen Park, located right next to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, was the first public park in North Carolina. It was created in 1887, and offers more than 60 acres of outdoor space for you to enjoy on a warm spring afternoon - perfect for a Raleigh picnic! It also offers a community center, arts center, various amusements and more! This park is a great place to go if you’re bringing a large group along, but is also great for an intimate picnic with a loved one. 
  • Lake Wheeler: Lake Wheeler is a lakefront park and recreation area that offers so much more than just a great place to enjoy an outdoor picnic. In addition to the beautiful lakeside views, Lake Wheeler also offers boat rentals and a children’s playground - a perfect spot to bring the whole family and make a day of spending time in the outdoors together. This spot is a favorite among locals, bringing together families and friends from all over Raleigh to enjoy it. 
  • Lake Crabtree: Lake Crabtree County Park is located right next to a huge, beautiful lake sprawling more than 500 acres. Beautiful views of the water are just one of the many assets that Lake Crabtree has to offer visitors. The park also features hiking, sailing, boating, mountain biking trails, fishing, canoe areas, play areas and much more. Why stop at just having a picnic when you can enjoy a full day of activities with friends and family?
  • The Rose Garden: If you’re looking for an intimate, romantic spot for a picnic in Raleigh, The Rose Garden is the spot for you. Featuring more than 1,000 beautiful roses blooming from spring through the fall, the Rose Garden is one of the best kept secrets in Raleigh. In addition to a great spot for a picnic, the Rose Garden also boasts a small outdoor amphitheater where live music is played in the warmer months. The Rose Garden is a perfect place for a romantic picnic. 

You can enjoy a picnic that you’ve packed yourself, or to save you the trouble, The Village Deli in Raleigh offers boxed lunches that you can just grab and go! With this easy option, you can focus on having fun and let the folks at The Village Deli take care of the picnic packing! Check out our menu and head out with your loved ones for a great unique outing in Raleigh. 


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