Here's Where to Have a Perfect Picnic In Westchester

Our curated selection of where to throw down your blanket and dine al fresco — and what to dine on!


It’s not much of a secret that Westchester is home to some of the best parks and hiking trails around, but did you know that it also holds some of the most idyllic and scenic picnic spots? Check below for some of our favorite outdoor places to stop and smell the bologna — and yes, they’ve all got some A-1 grub nearby to load up your picnic baskets beforehand!

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Greenburgh Nature Center


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Trails, live animal exhibits, and plenty of seasonal camps and programs make the Greenburgh Nature Center a perfect place for a family picnic! It’s a non-profit organization set up on 33 acres of beautiful Westchester woodland. On your way, pick up s plate of chicken wings from Best of Westchester winner Candlelight Inn and have a good old fashioned southern picnic!


Bronx River Parkway Reservation

The first linear park in the country, the Bronx River Parkway Reservation stretches all the way from New York City up to Kensico Dam in Valhalla (more on that a bit later), totaling 807 acres and stretching across 13.2 miles of Westchester shoreline. Aside from gorgeous views of the water, available activities include fishing, hiking, biking, and even skating and cross-country skiing in the winter. For a dynamite picnic, we recommend grabbing some takeout from Blue Moon Mexican Cafe. Nothing beats crisp spring air with warm chorizo!


The Gardens at Caramoor, Katoonah


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With five different garden scenes popular with local (and not-so-local) wedding parties, you’ll feel like decadent dwellers of a bygone age when you come dine at Caramoor. Picnicking is encouraged, but unfortunately restricted to ticketed customers just prior to events. We suggest joining one of their High Teas, or you can simply stop in Sgaglio’s Marketplace ahead of any performance to stock up on provisions. The shop is a gourmet deli, butcher, and local grocery with plenty of veggie, vegan, and gluten-free friends.


Pretty Much Any Place In Croton


It seems a little silly to say, but between Croton Point Park, Croton Gorge Park, and the scenic New Croton Dam in between, it’s almost harder to not find a great green spot to plop down and enjoy some local grub. On that front, we recommend making an outing on Sundays between May and November so you can stop by the Croton-on-Hudson Farmer’s Market for some fresh and local produce, meats and cheeses, and of course snacks!


Gedney Park, New Castle


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Perfect for a quick hike and a picnic, Gedney Park has 4 miles of trails amid 126 acres of woods and wetlands, and it’s particularly pet-friendly! It’s also just a stone’s throw away from Millwood mainstay Rocky’s Deli. While Rocky’s is a 24-hour institution, we recommend stopping by during regular park hours.


Glen Island Park, New Rochelle

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One of the smaller locations on our list, Glen Island fits parks, beaches, castles and all sorts of water recreation into just 105 acres! Stop by Roc’n’Ramen for some delicious Japanese, or Tzatziki Greek Grill and watch the boats launch!


Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

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Family- and pet-friendly, Kensico Dam Plaza plays host to tons of concerts, festivals and events every year, and is even listed on the National Register of Historic Places! A lighting system keeps the park open as late as 10 p.m. in the Summer, so it’s perfect for a romantic evening picnic … especially if there’s a movie that night!

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As for Kensico-adjacent snackage, Mughal Palace’s Indian blend of spices and cool sauces, and dippable naan make for perfect picnic fare. If however classic American is more your thing, Valhalla Crossing’s train-cars-turned-restaurant can whip you up some grub to enjoy in-locomotion or at the plaza’s picnic tables.


Rockefeller State Park Preserve/Tarrytown Lakes Park

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These two natural vistas are practically on top of each other. Rockefeller Preserve features Swan Lake, over 180 catalogued bird species to view, and exhibits by local artists! With more than 1400 acres, you’re sure to find a great spot to spread out your blanket and have a snack. Nearby, Tarrytown Lakes Park has two more lakes, bike paths, trails, kayaking, fishing … everything you could want to do before and after a lovely picnic lunch. If you’re packing your own basket, look no further than Mint Premium Foods on Main Street. The specialty grocery and restaurant will help you select the finest gourmet ingredients for a charcuterie board, light lunch, or a full-day outing.


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