2850 San Lorenzo Way
Carmichael, CA 95608
Tables are set up for picnickers around the Nature Center building, so pack your lunch and bring the family along. The Center is part of a nature preserve that features 100-acres of woodlands, ponds, shrub lands and meadows. The preserve is a natural habitat for creatures great and small, including deer, owls, wild turkeys, coyotes, rabbits, hawks, snakes, squirrels, songbirds and waterfowl. There are self-guided hiking trails, numerous events and museum exhibits, kids programs, a gift shop, and plenty of other things that will enhance your appreciation for the spectacular ecosystem of the Sacramento area.
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900 Second St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
For a more elegant, French café-esque picnic experience, make a reservation for the picnic package at this Old Sacramento shop. The below street-level tasting room has a cozy brick courtyard, fountain and Old World charm. The Underground Picnic for two includes a private table tasting of seven El Dorado County wines from Rendez-vous Winery and Twisted Twig Winery; the lead-free crystal wine glasses are yours to take home. Enjoy a repast of salami, Raincoast Crisps, dried cherries, nuts, cheese and a wine wafer from Sacramento Cookie Company. The picnic package includes gift cards for purchases at the tasting room.
13th and L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
The park around the California state capitol is a perfect place to picnic, whether you are a lifelong resident or are visiting from out of town. The expanse includes mature trees and plants from all over the world, fountains and the half-acre World Peace Rose Garden, featuring more than 650 aromatic roses. The majestic trees in the Civil War Memorial Grove were mere saplings when they were transported from Civil War battlefields and planted here in 1897. The park has a California Vietnam Veterans Memorial and a California Veterans Memorial, which are moving tributes to the veterans who served from as early as the 1800s to the present day. Spread out a blanket or sit at a picnic table and savor your meal, while enjoying the gorgeous sights and sounds, as well as the antics of the park’s resident squirrels and birds.
601 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816
McKinley Park is a hub of activity, located right at the meeting point of midtown and East Sacramento. Surrounded by beautiful, classic California homes, the expansive park has a community center, swimming pool, a Garden and Arts Center, play areas for all ages, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a jogging path and fields for softball and soccer. McKinley also has a gorgeous rose garden, which includes 1,200 bushes, to wander through or rent for weddings. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park, and there is no shortage of shaded grassy areas to use as well. Larger picnic areas, including barbeque grills and space for 50 -100 people, are available by reservation. Applications to reserve an area are available on the park’s website.
1000 Garden Hwy.
Sacramento, CA 95833
Located along the American River in Natomas, Discovery Park is a 302-acre multi-use area. There are specific picnic sites with tables and grills, but a picnic blanket can be laid down almost anywhere. There are spots to fish, play ball or launch a boat, and a winding bike trail extends 30+ miles. Local events are often held at the park, which has plenty of available parking.
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