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10 Underrated Spots For The Perfect NYC Picnic

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10 Underrated Spots For The Perfect NYC Picnic

Yes, there are more unique places to picnic than Sheeps Meadow…

As the weather heats up and the sun shines on New York City, there’s no better excuse to celebrate the seasonal change than with a picnic! Here are 10 of the best, most underrated spots for the perfect picnic.

1. Near Belvedere Castle

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Picnic like a prince and princess in front of the Belvedere Castle in Central Park. It’s the perfect area to enjoy the sunshine with an expansive lawn set before the castle’s facade. Make sure to snap some pics because the backdrop is simply unbeatable.

Where: 79th Street Transverse, near Turtle Pond

2. Heather Garden in Fort Tyron

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Nearly 10 minutes from the enthralling Cloisters, The Heather Garden has incredible flowers that will create the perfect ambiance for a lovely picnic.

Where: Center Path, New York,

3. Friendship Garden

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In partnership with New York Restoration Project, the Broadway musical Wicked helped fund the renovation for this secret garden hidden in Harlem. It’s fabulous for catching up with friends, having a bite to eat, or just admiring the little slice of heaven that it is. You’re sure to find some peace and quiet here.

Where: 499 W. 150th St. Manhattan, New York

4. Van Cortlandt Park

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Known for it’s wooded area and hiking trails, escape to this park in the Bronx with flowing streams and beautiful wildlife. You’ll truly feel one with nature.

Where: Broadway and, Van Cortlandt Park S, The Bronx

5. Secret Garden at St. Luke in the Fields

St. Luke in the Fields

This West Village secret is one of the city’s most beautiful, underrated gardens. Bring a book and your picnic blanket for a quaint afternoon perfect for some R&R away from the city’s madness as the quiet gardens even try to prohibit phone calls.

Where: 487 Hudson St, New York

6. Long Meadow in Prospect Park

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At almost a mile of open green space, Long Meadow is a favorite spot for many Prospect Park goers. Spread out and enjoy the west side of the park that runs all the way from Grand Army Plaza to Prospect Park Southwest.

Where: Enter Prospect Park at 9th St.

7. Madison Square Park

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Not feeling like packing a picnic? No worries, place an order at the Madison Square Park ShakeShack and bring your burger and fries with you on the lawn space. Take in a spectacular view of the Flatiron building and busy yourself by people watching.

Where: 11 Madison Ave, New York

8. Riverside Park

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Following the Hudson River, enjoy a waterfront picnic on the UWS that stretches across four miles! Lay your blanket down and take a nap while you soak up the sun.

Where: UWS

9. Randall’s Island Park

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The island known as the location for Governor’s Ball additionally features gardens, athletic fields, and waterfront pathways at its park. Set up your picnic near the water’s edge and watch as boats pass by.

Where: 20 Randalls Island Park, New York

10. Clove Lakes Park

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Enjoy 193 acres of nature at this Staten Island treasure. Explore the park and reside under a nice tree to picnic in the shade on a warm spring day.

Where: 1150 Clove Rd, Staten Island

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