Day Trips

Day-tripping: picnic edition

We are beyond happy that the temperature will be dropping to the mid-70s this weekend. In fact, we would say that’s perfect picnic weather. Here are a few of our favorite, off-the-beaten-park spots to lay down a blanket:

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Cloves Lake Park
This lush park located in Staten Island feels like an escape from the city. It also boasts a designated barbecue area, and if there are less than 20 people in your party, you don’t need a permit.

Photo: @ultraroamer

Ridgewood Reservoir
This 50+ acre reservoir in Highland Park on the border of Brooklyn and Queens offers great views, more than 130 bird species and lots of grassy areas to lay.

Photo: @nycgo

Cunningham Park
This Queens-based park has it all: Bocce ball, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a cricket field, plenty of spots to hike and bike, and of course, put down your picnic blanket.

Photo: @beigeinside

Valentino Pier
This waterfront park in Red Hook has all the views — Lady Liberty — and none of the Brooklyn Bridge crowds.  Pro tip: grab a slice of key lime pie from Steve’s.

Photo: @eatoffbeat

Don’t know what to pack? Check out the picnic basket from Eat Offbeat, a company that sells meals created by former refugees and immigrants in NYC. It feeds six to eight people and includes chicken shawarma (vegan option available), a salad, snacks, dessert and drink

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