19 Perfect Places for a Picnic Date in the Park

City Guide, Family Friendly, Things to Do


Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on May 5, 2022

A picnic date offers all the romance of spending time with your special someone while avoiding the hassles and expenses of dining out. And – here’s the million dollar secret – that person you’re with? They’ll love it!

“So what should we fill that basket with?”

For starters, you’re going to want wine. As far as food goes, I find that keeping things light and finger-foody is usually the best way to go. If you’re lugging a heavy picnic basket through the park, the last thing you want to worry about is silverware clanging around and falling on the ground. Start off with a good wedge or block of cheese (avoid anything that crumbles easily, like blue or goat cheese, for obvious reasons). Fruit is another must-have for any picnic basket.

For a main course, I like to pick up premade sandwiches or wraps from a great local gourmet deli, like Globe Market or The Lexington Co-op. If you’re headed to a park outside of Buffalo, Wegmans has a number of other picnic-friendly options like subs, sushi, poke bowls, pizza, and more. Remember that you want to avoid having to use plates if possible, and don’t forget some plastic utensils and napkins!


Remember: the best thing about a picnic date is the spontaneity. Have a basket ready so that if the weather cooperates – you can just make a few stops after work or on your way to the park.

Here are some perfect places to picnic in the park:


1. Delaware Park

Neighborhood: Delaware District

Plenty of space for a quiet, private picnic in a beautiful spot.

Cherry blossom Festival - Mothers Day
Cherry Blossom Season in the Japanese Garden behind the Buffalo History Museum

2. Mirror Lake

Neighborhood: Delaware District

In my opinion, you won’t beat this setting on a nice summer day behind the Buffalo History Museum.

3. Bidwell Parkway at Elmwood Ave

Neighborhood: Elmwood Village

Plop down on a nice piece of grass and people watch.


4. Canalside

Neighborhood: Canalside

Bring a basket to the grassy area overlooking the water and settle in a couple adirondack chairs. Then head over to Liberty Hound for a couple drinks.


5. Cazenovia Park

Neighborhood: South Buffalo

Catch this park at sunset for a treat.

6. Martin Luther King Jr. Park

Neighborhood: East Buffalo

Fountains, gardens, green grass and easy access to the Buffalo Science Museum. Perfect outing much?


7. Ellicott Creek Island

Neighborhood: Tonawanda

Not to be confused with the park below, this one’s down the street and a cool island destination.

8. Ellicott Creek Park

Neighborhood: Tonawanda

Sure, there’s picnic shelters, but sprawl out on the grass along the creek and maybe even do some fishing or kayaking with Paths, Peaks and Paddles.

9. Niawanda Park

Neighborhood: Tonawanda

Bring your own food or grab some at Mississippi Muds or Old Man River nearby.

10. Beaver Island State Park

Neighborhood: Grand Island


11. Veteran’s Park

Neighborhood: Grand Island

12. Niagara Falls State Park

Neighborhood: Niagara Falls

13. De Veaux Woods State Park

Neighborhood: Niagara Falls

14. Whirlpool State Park

Neighborhood: Niagara Falls

15. Lewiston Town Park

Neighborhood: Lewiston

16. Kiwanis Park

Neighborhood: Lewiston


Eternal flame at Chestnut Ridge Park

17. Chestnut Ridge Park

Neighborhood: Orchard Park

Ample land, shelters, grills, tons of trails to walk.


18. Memorial Park

Neighborhood: Hamburg

The perfect village picnic. If it’s raining, sit under the amphitheater.

19. Hamlin Park

Neighborhood: East Aurora

This park has a baseball diamond, playground and a peaceful atmosphere. Just a short walk away from everything going on right on Main Street.

This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated.

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Brett Llenos Smith</a>

Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.


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