Summer picnics get all the glory, but as fantastic as autumn is, we prefer this colorful season for eating outside! Cooler temperatures, fewer bugs, not to mention the magnificent scenery. Springfield has no shortage of special spots to host a fun picnic and hang around outdoors with people you love. Here are the 6 best places to picnic before it gets too cold in Springfield!
There is so much to love about Nathanael Greene, that’s why we picked it as our #1 spot to picnic before it gets cold! This park has has several great spots to snack, so pack a few lunches and head out with your blanket in hand. Once you are done eating, take a trip to the Butterfly House or a quaint stroll around Lake Drummond located in the park. Or visit the outdoor patio of the botanical gardens building for a bird’s eye view of the whole park!
In the heart of the city is Phelps Grove Park on 31 acres of beautiful land! This park is perfect for a family or group picnic, a hammock hangout, or grilling up your favorite foods with friends. The Springfield Art Museum is just a stone’s throw away and always has new and exciting exhibits to enjoy. If you’re feeling up to it, hit the tennis court or playground in the park after your meal!
Located in downtown SGF nestled right by the Mediacom Ice Park sits the adventurous Jordan Valley Park! Known for it’s famous hilly mounds and charming fountain area, Jordan Valley is the perfect place for a picnic and a walk. Since it’s also adjacent to Hammons Field, it would be a great place to have a picnic before a Springfield Cardinals game! They hold all kinds of kid friendly events, so be on the lookout for some great things for the kiddos to do.
Filled with vast open spaces and unique spots, Lake Springfield is a great place for a picnic on the south side of town! If you haven’t visited already, you’ll love this 153-acre property with more than one mile of shoreline and 5 miles of water trails. Fishing, nature walks, and bird watching are just a few of the activities you could plan on doing after your meal. Canoes and kayaks are also available to rent through the end of September!
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This park is such a fantastic addition to the Springfield community. Rutledge Wilson is a farm site and park featuring animals, demonstration gardens, prairie & a milking barn. Bring some drinks, sandwiches and a plaid blanket– the whole family will love it! You’ll be able to pet some friendly baby goats afterward. They also have a notable fall festival starting on September 30th, complete with a pumpkin patch and a 10 acre corn maze!
This picturesque park is located in the Galloway area on Lone Pine Avenue! There is a ton of playground equipment for the littles and some awesome spots to park and have some snacks. You can get a chance to explore the cave and visit the ducks and geese that call this park home. If you still need some grub after your picnic, you can head over to the Sequiota Bike Shop across the street for some patio dining!