Date night, afternoon with friends or family, or just hanging by yourself? A picnic should be on your summer bucket list — especially now that it’s National Picnic Month.
We’ve rounded up six picnic spots that will make your meal a walk in the park — All locations are open sunrise-sunset + admission is free unless stated otherwise.
Virginia B. Fairbanks Art + Nature Park | 1850 W. 38 St. | Enjoy a meal along the White River. Pro tip: While you’re there, check out Funky Bones — a giant fiberglass skeleton sculpture featured in local author John Green’s “The Fault in our Stars.”
Lilly Lake | N. Lilly Lake Dr. | $5 | Tucked away at Eagle Creek, Lilly Lake is made for a picturesque picnic — it’s quieter than other spots closer to the reservoir, which makes it perfect for a romantic evening.
The Ruins at Holliday Park | 6363 Spring Mill Rd. | Picnic among ruins that used to be the facade of a historic NYC building + enjoy a concert on select days as a part of the park’s summer concert series “Rock the Ruins” — Pro tip: you can get a four pack of tickets to this Friday’s show for only $25.
White River State Park | 801 W. Washington St. | If rustic picnics aren’t your thing, head downtown for an urban twist. Pro tip: Plan your picnic on a Monday + attend Mind Melt Monday — a soundscape experience featuring chimes, mantras, and poetry.
Coxhall Gardens | 11677 Towne Rd., Carmel | Add elegance to your picnic by camping out next to the Centerpiece, a dome-capped gazebo in the center of a tiered amphitheater — it’s one of Carmel’s most popular outdoor wedding sites.
Holcomb Gardens | 4602 Sunset Ave. | Take a trip to Butler University + picnic by a statue of Persephone, the Grecian queen of the underworld.
Need some easy food options to make your picnic perfect? Here are some local spots you can pick up your favorites.
🥩 Smoking Goose | 407 Dorman St. | Get your fix of meats and cheeses so you can make the charcuterie board of your dreams.
🥐 Amelia’s Bread | Fletcher Place + Windsor Park | Skip the stress of baking — sourdough, baguettes, and pastries can all be found here.
🥝 Imagination Fruit | 3020 S. Meridian St. | This local produce market will build you a bowl of nature’s candy that tastes as good as it looks.