The weather is warm, the days are long and it is the perfect time for a picnic. Any park will do, especially if you’ve packed your favorite treats, but these locations add something extra special to the experience.
1. Van Saun Park, Paramus
This 146 acre park is home to a zoo, walking trails and the beautiful Washington Spring Garden historic site.
2. Liberty State Park, Jersey City
Enjoy spectacular views of Lady Liberty with the New York City skyline as your backdrop.
3. Cape May Point State Park, Cape May Point
Enjoy a picnic on the beach and stop by the Cape May Lighthouse for some amazing views.
4. Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville
Enjoy a day on the Delaware, where Washington once crossed. The scenery is spectacular and there is so much to do! Bike, hike, ski, fish - whatever floats your boat!
5. Ringwood State Park, Ringwood
Ringwood State Park is home to both Ringwood and Skylands Manor, gorgeous gardens, the serene Shepherd Lake and trails for almost everything you can imagine. Enjoy hiking, biking or even horseback riding.
6. Duke Farms, Hillsborough
Duke Farms is the most magical of places! There is so much to enjoy and the scenery is truly magnificent. After your picnic, tour the property by bike and take in the lake, garden, barn and waterfall.
7. High Point State Park, Sussex
The monument marks the highest point in New Jersey and the park provides breathtaking views of three states. If the views aren't enough for you, enjoy swimming, boating or hiking.
8. Historic Smithville, Smithville
Take a stroll through this charming town filled with old-fashioned shops and unique wildlife. Picnic on the lake and embrace this village's quaint, hometown vibe.
9. Palisades Interstate Park, Englewood Cliffs-Alpine
This park along the Hudson River runs the length of the Palisades Cliffs. Start your picnic near the George Washington Bridge for some city views and head north towards the towers in Alpine for a scenic stroll.
10. Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park
After a peaceful picnic you may have room left for a little adventure. This gorgeous stretch of land offers most everything imaginable from surfing to scuba diving, swimming and spotting the elusive Red Fox.
Is your basket packed yet? I know mine is! The trouble will be deciding which of these amazing spots to picnic at first. Have you enjoyed any of these scenic destinations? What other picnic-friendly places would you add to this list?