Plan that special afternoon with the boo or pull together your pride for a family reunion. Pack a sandwich and a few solo cups (you know the drill) and have at our top picnic picks.
The James River
The James River is our region’s crown jewel where outdoor enthusiasts rejoice and can hop to Texas Beach for a swim. If you’re looking to stay a little more dry, grab a blanket and hop a rock at Belle Isle. Walk the trails and read through the history of one of Richmond’s first industrial centers. Also, find your way to Forest Hill and take your basket to Pony Pasture. No real ponies though. Belle Isle, 300 Tredegar St., Richmond, VA 23219
Patrick Henry Park
We’re addicted to pastry and thankfully Church Hill is Richmond’s Capital of Confectionary (thanks Real Richmond Food Tours). Proper Pie Co. and the Dog & Pig Show are just one block from St. John’s Church where Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech — give me pie please. Benches and picnic tables across the street at Patrick Henry Park are the perfect spot to grab a quick bite. Patrick Henry Park, E. Broad & N. 25th Streets, Richmond, VA 23233
If you’re looking for a real petting zoo, Maymont has you covered with goats, sheep and more. Get gussied up for your promenade on this historic Victorian estate. Once home to prominent Richmonder James Dooley, you can explore the family’s Queen Anne mansion, carriage houses, and Japanese and Italian Gardens. Maymont, 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220
Garnett’s at Meadow & Park serves up some of the region’s best sandwiches at their old-fashioned lunch counter. Get your lunch packed in a basket, available in-house, and take your meal across the street to Meadow Park. Garnett’s, 2001 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220
What’s your favorite picnic spot in RVA?