I think that Klyde Warren Park in Dallas is arguably the best picnic spot in Dallas, especially if you want an easy picnic. There are a ton of brightly colored tables lining the sidewalk and countless food trucks bordering the park. So really, all you have to do is bring a picnic blanket if you want to enjoy your meal on the grass. The large green space at the heart of Klyde Warren Park offers gorgeous views of downtown and even includes lawn games and a children’s park.
This gorgeous nature preserve is located 25 miles northwest of Dallas in Southlake. Not only is Bob Jones Nature Preserve perfect for picnics, but it also has the perfect post-picnic activity: walking off your meal on a hike. With over 20 miles of trails across 758 acres, there’s a trail option long or short enough for any level of hiking. You can also enjoy your picnic with lake view as the Nature Preserve borders Lake Grapevine. For more parks in Southlake, click here.
While Klyde Warren Park boasts a great view of downtown Dallas, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve provides you an incredible view of Plano. Not only does this 200-acre park have paved hiking trails, biking trails and a playground, but it also has a few amenities that make it perfect for picnicking: a pavilion, grills and restrooms. And out of all the things it offers, you won’t want to miss out on the gorgeous view from the observation deck.
TIPS FOR PLANNING A PERFECT PICNIC
As an Instagram influencer, I try to make my picnics as picture perfect as possible. While that includes bringing flowers, actual dishes and linen napkins, those things aren’t really necessary. What is necessary, however, is the following list I’ve compiled. I’ve learned the hard way that picnics can get messy and these things can make your life so much easier!
- Don’t forget the basics: napkins, utensils, and water.
- Find a shady spot and bring sunscreen.
- Bug spray is a lifesaver. Putting some on yourself is usually good enough for also keeping bugs away from your food!
- Bring bottled drinks to help you avoid spills.
- Instead of preparing a meal, bring finger foods (like nuts, cheese, fruit, crackers and chips), to-go food or something pre-made food from the grocery store (Central Market is a great option).
- Table cloths make cheap alternatives to picnic blankets.
- Bring hand wipes! They can get you out of sticky situations.
- Don’t forget a trash bag for easy clean up
And of course, you don’t have to have every detail right to enjoy a picnic. Just relax, get outside with your loved ones and have some delicious fun!
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