A picnic should never be one size fits all. You need the right menu, the right blanket, and most important, the right spot to set the scene. Luckily, we did the research for you—read on to discover picnic settings to fit any vibe, all across New Jersey!
Nestled into the heart of the Towne of Historic Smithville & Village Green is lovely Lake Meone, featuring paddle boat rentals, remote control boats and plenty of grassy areas to spread out your picnic blanket. You can even leave dessert to quaint local eateries including Scoop’s Place Ice Cream and the Smithville Bakery.
Surrounded by Jersey City’s edgy cultural and dining scene is Liberty State Park, a vast green space with the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty as its backdrop and ample settings for relaxing and recreating. Enjoy an alfresco lunch in the picnic area then stroll the park’s two-mile promenade to take in sweeping Hudson River views.
You won’t find picnic pavilions or grills at Duke Farms in Hillsborough. What you will find is a more than 1,000-acre tranquil sanctuary dedicated to the preservation of the region’s natural beauty. The public is invited to explore the grounds, immersed in the native landscape. Then linger over a leisurely lunch—you can locate a handful of picnic tables dotting the site on this property map. Or, better yet, bring a blanket and pick an out-of-the-way spot of your own.
Fresh Mountain Air
Whether you’re packing a charcuterie board for two or grilling hamburgers and hot dogs with fixings for the whole family, you’ll enjoy your spread in the clean, crisp air of the Kittatinny Mountain Ridge at High Point State Park. Follow the trails on this park map to the picnic area of your choosing, then just breathe it all in.
Sun, Sand & Surf
Travel to New Jersey’s southernmost tip and you’ll find Cape May Point State Park. Boasting a classic lighthouse, quiet coastal shoreline, sandy dunes and freshwater ponds, it’s a distinctively peaceful and picturesque spot to take in a picnic down the shore.
Once the picnic basket is emptied and your bellies are full, you can bring the fresh air enjoyment to adventurous new levels. Explore all the exciting possibilities for outdoor sports and recreation in New Jersey!