It’s certainly the season for al fresco dining, but that doesn’t mean you need to fight for a place on a local restaurant’s patio. Pack a lunch, spread a blanket, and eat in the open air at one of these beautiful local picnic spots. These little pieces of Florida nature will let you revel in the beauty that surrounds you and enjoy a peaceful meal with family or friends (or even on your own!). So grab your basket and blanket and pick a spot!
Bird Island Park
101 Library Boulevard, Ponte Vedra
Bird Island Park, located in Ponte Vedra, is a wonderful place where families can come and enjoy picnics and the shade. They have a number of pavilions equipped with benches and tables that make said picnicking easy.
Anastasia State Park
300 Anastasia Park Road
Anastasia State Park is located near the beach, over the Bridge of Lions if you are coming from downtown St. Augustine. There is a $8 per car fee, but it is well worth it considering the beautiful sights, sprawling areas for picnics, and other fun activities.
Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
11 Magnolia Avenue
The Fountain of Youth is one of the most known historical landmarks in all of America. While the park that it is situated in offers BBQ for people who are visiting, you are allowed to bring in your own lunch and set up a picnic.
Fort Mose Historic State Park
The Fort Mose Historic State Park has the best of both worlds: history and scenery. There are picnic tables and pavilions with enough space for people to spread out their lunches as well as different activities for everyone to enjoy.
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 N Ocean Shore Blvd. Palm Coast
The Washington Oaks Gardens State Park has some of the most beautiful flowers around. Alongside scenic trails and flower beds, there are spaces and pavilions equipped with benches so people can take a seat, take pictures, and have a bite to eat.
Ron Parker Park
608 Old Beach Rd.
Ron Parker Park has tons of open tables, benches, and pavilions with enough space for people to gather and have lunch. After that, children can go and play on the playgrounds while parents relax in the cool shade.
Where’s your perfect picnic spot? Let us know in the comments below! Featured image via Anastasia State Park.