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The 15 Best Places In Indiana To Go On An Unforgettable Picnic

There is no good reason for having every single meal with your family and/or significant other indoors. There are so many beautiful parks and picnic spots in Indiana. In fact, here are 15 of them scattered all across Indiana you should consider having your next picnic at.

1) Sycamore Springs Park, English

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Sycamore Springs Park is a privately owned park located just on the outskirts of English, Indiana. It offers a beautiful environment that people of all ages can enjoy. You can watch wild turkeys, deer, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, and more while you are here. In addition to being a great picnic spot, they have RV camping, primitive camping, and a wedding chapel. It’s a beautiful place to visit during the summer.

2) Hayswood Nature Reserve, Corydon

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Technically, the Hayswood Nature Reserve in Corydon, Indiana is two parks smashed into one. The first part of this park is all about preserving nature. Activities such as hunting, harvesting naturally growing vegetation, and lumbering are not allowed in this part of the park. There are, however, 181 acres of recreational land set aside for these activities.

3) Lincoln City Garvin Park, Evansville

Garvin Park is actually one of the oldest and most popular parks in Evansville. Did you know the park was purchased back in 1915 for just $50,000? It features a swimming pool, large lake, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a playground. It’s a beautiful place to go on a picnic and spend a day with your family.

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4) Gregg Park, Vincennes

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Gregg Park is considered by many to be the heart of the entire park system in Vincennes. This beautiful park features everything you could want to enjoy a day at the park across 40 acres of land.

5) McCormick’s Creek State Park, Spencer

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McCormick’s Creek State Park is a great place to go for a picnic, but it offers so much more than that in terms of recreational activities. You can go horseback riding, hiking, fishing in the river, or camping.

6) Hummel Park, Plainfield

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Hummel Park is a great place for cookouts, family reunions, and picnics. This is especially true if you have kids as the park features an incredible splash park perfect for children of all ages.

7) Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis

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Did you know Eagle Creek Park is not only the largest park in Indianapolis, but it’s one of the biggest municipal parks in the entire United States? This park is home to 1,400 acres of water and 3,900 acres of forest. Just minutes from downtown, this is a beautiful option for a picnic with your family, friends, and/or significant other.

8) Holliday Park & Nature Center, Indianapolis

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On its 94 acres of land, Holliday Park features an arboretum, hiking trails, a playground, and a nature center. The nature center offers programs for individuals of all ages to enjoy. It’s a perfect venue for business or family picnics.

9) Wabash City Park, Wabash

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Wabash Park offers 3 picnic shelters, 30 acres of land, a sizable pavilion, a playground, grills, public restrooms, and 3 illuminated baseball diamonds.

10) Fowler Park, Terre Haute

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Fowler Park is home to a 25.9 acre lake called the W. Keith Ruble Lake. It features a beach, campground, picnic shelters, hiking trails, and a playground. Yes, you can even have a picnic at the beach in Indiana!

11) Armory Park, Jasper

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Other than the park’s location and the fact that it is one of the highlighted attractions for Jasper, Indiana, not much is known about this park unless you’ve had the pleasure of going there. Who doesn’t like the idea of a mysterious picnic?

12) Province Park, Franklin

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Province Park offers 50 acres of land for recreational activities such as picnicking. You can play horseshoes, softball, or basketball. They even have playgrounds for the younger children to enjoy.

13) Cataract Falls, Spencer

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Cataract Falls is the largest waterfall (by volume) in the state of Indiana. What better place for a picnic than putting down a blanket and watching this beautiful waterfall while you eat?

14) Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis

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In addition to enjoying the scenery while having a picnic with family or friends, you can also go cross-country skiing, hiking, or fishing at this 17,000 acre park.

15) Garfield Park, Indianapolis

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Did you know Garfield Park is the oldest park in Indianapolis as it was established during the late 19th century? This beautiful city park features 128 acres of land for you to enjoy.

Have you ever had a picnic or cookout at any of these beautiful spots? Maybe you are going to make plans to go to one of these spots in the future? We’d love to know!

Trisha Faulkner
Trisha Faulkner is a stay-at-home and work-at-home Hoosier momma. She is a huge advocate of Autism awareness, and loves her beautiful boy more than life itself. She is a native Indiana writer who types her best pieces for Only In Your State between 2-4AM when her toddler finally falls over asleep.