Top 5 Charleston Parks for a Picnic

Picnics work for so many occasions: a romantic date, a family outing or simply a sandwich and a book during your lunch hour. If you haven’t picnicked in a Charleston park lately, there’s no time like the present. Your picnic can be as lavish (caviar and wine) or a simple (PB&J and juice boxes) as you want.

We’ve picked five of our favorite spots for a picnic in the park:

1. Angel Oak Park: Dine under the shady limbs of a centuries-old oak tree. The park has picnic tables or you can simply spread out your blanket, lie back and stare up at the tree.
2. Brittlebank Park: With picnic tables and views of the Ashley River, this a great spot to picnic while watching the sun set over the water. The park also has a playground so it’s a good option for families.
3. Corrine Jones Park: Another good picnic + playground option, this neighborhood park was renovated by the Charleston Parks Conservancy in 2011 and 2012. It has new playground equipment and a lovely shaded bench structure where you can sit and watch the kids play after your picnic lunch.
4. Etiwan Park: Daniel Island is home to a spacious 7-acre city park with plenty of room to have a picnic and then work off that potato salad with a game of Frisbee or football. The park also has a playground and restrooms. Be sure to check out the pocket garden maintained by the Conservancy and Park Angel volunteers.
5. Hampton Park: Spanning 63 acres, this favorite downtown Charleston park has plenty of options for a picnic. Spread out a blanket near the pond or for a romantic evening out find a more secluded spot under the park’s canopy of trees.

Now, let us know your favorite parks for having a picnic.

More picnic resources:
– Tips for a successful picnic
– 20 gourmet picnic recipes
– Top 10 picnic foods

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