I am so excited that today is the first day of spring. It means we can shed off the dull gray of winter and start prepping for all sorts of fun warm weather activities, like picnics, kite flying, road trips and more. To help you get in the spring frame of mind, I’m sharing 5 unique Atlanta parks to have a spring picnic in. This list extends beyond the common (although well loved) Piedmont Park into unique places where you’ll still have a great view of the city but still feel like you’ve left the metro area.
Photo via this Picnicking Post from last Summer
Neighborhood: Ansley Park.
Winn Park. With a small creek running through the middle, this beautiful park has a lot of grassy areas to settle into with a hearty sandwich and a good book. The lovely view of Midtown looms behind the quaint cottages that line this Ansley Park park. Great for if you want city views without the city congestion.
Neighborhood: Old Fourth Ward
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library Green Space. A more secluded destination, this green space on the side of the Presidential Library is shaded and great for a warm afternoon. Pro tip- come for the Freedom Farmer’s market and make a picnic out of the goodies you score there.
Neighborhood: Emory/ Druid Hills
Emory Campus. The marble buildings at Emory make you feel as if you are at an Ivy League school and the grand oaks that dot the campus provide just enough shade from the warmer afternoons. Pedestrians are welcome on campus, but just be polite to studying college students! If you forget dessert, you can always hop over to the small town outside of campus for some Ali’s Cookies.
Oakland Cemetery. This historic location is the resting place of a lot of prominent Atlantans, however, don’t let that deter you from setting up a picnic here. The rich history of the cemetery is sure to feed your appetite if the picnic you packed didn’t.
Chastain Park. This beautiful park has it all: skylines (from Buckhead), a horse park, a golf course and over a mile of paved walking paths to explore. There are plenty of places to post up with a picnic without feeling too crowded.
You’ll definitely see me around town utilizing this green space for my own picnicking endeavors! I love heading to some of these parks for a relaxing evening of reading and nibbling on tasty treats packed in one of my favorite Picnic Baskets.