If you feel like going for the all-American picnic, you’ll want to include a few classic staples: apple pie, fried chicken, potato salad, deviled eggs, hamburgers, pickles, potato chips, sandwiches, and the like. Alternatively, you could theme it, and celebrate a cuisine from another culture or country. Consider a Middle Eastern picnic, and offer a spread of hummus, dolmas, and baklava. Or celebrate diversity and ask your friends to each bring something representative of their heritage. Your blanket will be filled with colorful foods and allow you to sample history through flavor.
Heisler Park – Laguna Beach
If you’re looking for a gorgeous, peaceful park in Laguna Beach, Heisler is it. This park has it all… walking paths, plenty of benches to sit on and admire the view, and gorgeous sculptures to complement that amazing Pacific coast scenery (hey, Laguna Beach is an art colony, you know). The park is clean and easily accessible by the street. There are plenty of picnic tables to have your lunch at (and plenty of restrooms for afterward), and there’s even beach access via stairs (at high tide the stairs will be closed). Located at 375 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
A lovely little gem of a park in Newport Beach, Inspiration Point can be a little hard to find, but it’s totally worth it when you do. There’s a peaceful grass knoll overlooking the gorgeous turquoise ocean (great for picnics!) and walking trails that get you down to the beach. In fact, the walking trails are pretty extensive. So if you’re looking for a little adventure with your picnic, Inspiration Point is perfect. Located at Ocean Blvd & Heliotrope Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92663.
Bluebird Park Laguna Beach
If you’re looking for an incredible park with great playground equipment and unique climbing structures, plus their own art installations, you want to come to Bluebird Park. Bluebird is a hidden gem in Laguna Beach. Since Laguna Beach is an artist hangout, the mosaic turtle sculpture probably shouldn’t surprise you (but you’ll want to take pictures of the kids with it. Trust us.). And neither should the beautiful grass areas, plenty of picnic areas, or available BBQs. This park is so awesome, even the bathrooms are amazing! Located at 772 Cress St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
Lantern Bay Park Dana Point
Lantern Bay Park is a true OC gem and it must be on your picnic priority list. Between the harbor, park and ocean views, Lantern Bay Park gives you a little taste of everything Dana Point has to offer. The park hosts physically distant yoga every day at 10 a.m. Plenty of flat grassy space as well as benches and picnic tables allow for plenty of safe alternatives. 25111 Park Lantern, Dana Point, CA, 92629
Tewinkle Park Costa Mesa
Tewinkle is one of the hidden parks of Orange County, known mostly to local families. But it’s a great park for a day outside… full of everything you need to keep your young children happy. Ducks, geese and turtles roam the ponds and squirrels zoom across the grassy areas, so there’s plenty of wildlife for your little one to look at. There are plenty of picnic tables and restrooms so you can make a day of it. The playground is huge and is the site of Angel’s Playground – one of the first accessible playgrounds in Orange County, near the Orange County Fairgrounds. Located at 970 Arlington Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.