July is Picnic Month – Celebrate in Our Fav Local Parks
By Kristen Flowers
July is National Picnic Month (there really is a month for everything) so naturally there has never been a better time to grab the red and white checkered cloth and indulge in the beautiful Northern California weather. Nothing is better than swinging by a favorite cheese shop (The Rind) or grabbing some curred meats from Block Butcher Bar and heading out doors to take it all in while you nibble with your toes in the grass.
If you are new to Sacramento or need a reminder of all the best places to picnic this month – here are my top favorite parks on or near the grid to relax and enjoy a bite to eat – Picnic Style!
Effie Yeaw Nature Center
2850 San Lorenzo Way
Carmichael, CA 95608
The Nature Center is off the grid but with 100-acres of woodlands, meadows and ponds with tables set up around the Nature Center building for picnickers it is worth the little trek. While outside, enjoy everything that the preserve has to offer from deer, owl and rabbit sightings to numerous hiking trails and museum exhibits. This is also a great place to bring the kids since they have plenty of children programs that will help teach them about the Northern California ecosystem.
California State Capitol Park
13th and L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
This Park is a given for grid dwellers but deserves a mention. I love to enjoy the historic and scenic state capital while lounging under the shady trees of the Civil War Memorial Grove that were planted in 1897 – so much history! If flowers are your thing, the World Peace Rose Garden that is a half-acre of more than 650 flowers is perfect for a sunset stroll after an evening picnic.
1000 Garden Hwy.
Sacramento, CA 95833
What better place to relax with family and friends (and your pup!) than along the American River! This 302-acre stretch of land is complete with on site picnic areas and grills but just remember you can lay a blanket down anywhere and claim your space. Fishing, boating and biking is all right there and if you don’t feel like biking over your picnic snack there is plenty of parking.
William Land Park
3800 Land Park Dr. Credit
Sacramento, CA 95822
William Land is HUGE with so much going on all the time. It is one of the biggest parks to have a picnic in and it’s also perfect for athletic activites – grab your basketball/soccerball/baseball or badmitton set for a group picnic or you can take the kids to Fairytale Town, Funderland or the Sacramento Zoo and picnic after. The Rock garden is also fun to explore and if you time it right you could enjoy a little picnic while catching some theatre in the summer time.
601 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816
McKinley Park is a brimming hub of activity and it’s perfect for Midtowners and East Sacramento residents alike. When you are not taking in all the gorgeous homes you can head to the park and take in the community center, swimming pool, jogging paths and rose bushes with over 1,200 bushes but be careful or you will wander into a wedding in progress! If you are looking for a place to sit down with your wicker basket there are tons of tables throughout the park and even more shady grassy areas.
What are your favorite picnic places? As a newer Sacramentan I am always looking for places to enjoy my lunch and relax out of doors! Happy picnicing!