Where to Have a Picnic in the Valley

As we start to approach Spring, the days are getting longer and the sun continues to shine which makes the desire to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors very high! Not sure what to do to get out and bask in the sun? A picnic is always a fun, cost-effective option whether you’re with family, friends or on date. To top it all off, some of the most beautiful places in Phoenix and the Valley offer a variety of scenic and relaxing spots that are ideal for a picnic. 

Don’t know where to have a picnic? We’ve rounded up some of the top destinations across the Valley:

  • Riverview Park
    Mesa’s Riverview Park is fun for kids and adults alike and is arguably one of the
    best parks for a picnic! This expansive park features plenty of grassy areas to lay out a picnic blanket in the sun to relax, enjoy lunch and get some Vitamin D, as well as offers an abundance of space to kick around a soccer ball, throw a frisbee or just go on a relaxing walk. For kids, the playground at Riverview Park looks like something out of a dream. The playground features a 50 foot tall climbing tower that offers panoramic views of the city at the top, as well as a 60 foot long caterpillar mesh climbing wall. There are also two playground clusters for younger and older kids — so there’s truly something for everyone!
  • The Farm at South Mountain
    The Farm at South Mountain is one of the most beautiful places in Phoenix which makes it a prime event venue, especially for weddings. It also has three restaurants onsite and the whole farm is open to the public so visitors are encouraged to come spread out and enjoy the grass and shade under its pecan trees. Plus, if you don’t feel like packing a lunch, you can enjoy a tasty sandwich, salad, fresh soup and more at The Farm Kitchen, The Farm at South Mountain’s lunch restaurant.
  • Encanto Park
    Encanto Park may have one of the best playgrounds in Phoenix because its “playground” is really an amusement park! Located in Phoenix, Encanto Park features 222-acres of pure fun with plenty of grassy areas, a fishing lagoon and the Enchanted Island Amusement Park. After enjoying a relaxing picnic, you can rent a pedal boat to explore the lagoon and weave through the park on its rivers. Then, wander through the amusement park to check out the carousel, bumper boats, C.P. Huntington Train and more!
  • McCormick Stillman Railroad Park
    McCormick Stillman Railroad Park is a great place to spend the day with family or friends. Located in the heart of Scottsdale, this park offers plenty of tables and space to spread out, enjoy the sun and have a picnic. You can take a walk around the park or ride in style on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad, then go for a spin on the 1950-vintage Allan Herschell carousel!
  • Sahuaro Ranch Park
    Glendale’s very own Sahuaro Ranch Park is perfect to explore on a sunny day and enjoy the great weather. The old ranch grounds feature rose gardens, playgrounds, picnic areas and even peacocks! These magnificent birds roam the grounds of the gardens and groves freely so be sure to say hello but keep an eye on your sandwich!

If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the Arizona weather before it gets too hot in the summer, a picnic is a great way to spend the day. Some of the most beautiful places in Phoenix and the Valley offer plenty of space for you to spread out with friends and family to create some magical memories together!