One of the best things to do in summer is to pack picnic baskets and partake in any of the multiple picnic spots New York has to offer. We’ve chosen our favorite spots for you to grab a snack while enjoying the best views of the City. Also, we curated our must-have DE LA SOL HOME items for your picnic. Hope you enjoy!
Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1858 after winning a design competition, Central Park has been a National Historic Landmark since 1962. Central Park is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in New York and receives more than 25 million people a year.
These are our favorite spots for a picnic in Central Park:
SHEEP MEADOW - The Sheep Meadow is a 15-acre pasture, Central Park’s largest lawn without ballfields and as a designed quiet zone. It used to be a home to a flock of sheep until 1934. No organized sports or gatherings can take place here. The space between W. 66th and W. 69th St is used to relax and enjoy a picnic.
BELVEDERE CASTLE - Located mid-park at 79th St., Belvedere Castle provides the highest and best views of the park and the city skyline. The castle name is fitting, because it translates to ‘beautiful view’ in Italian. Set up your picnic blanket in some of the lawns near the castle for a romantic meal and a great photo op at the same time.
GREAT HILL - If you like picnicking in the heavily wooded, Great Hill at the northern part of the park is a great choice. Surrounded by elms and located on the west side, between 103rd and 107th St, the Great Hill is an open hilltop meadow and the only part in the park where you can enjoy your meal at a picnic table.
BOW BRIDGE - Bow Bridge is one of the most picturesque – and recognizable – areas of Central Park. It is the setting for a great number of movies such as "You've Got Mail" and is hailed as one of the most romantic spots in the city. Located mid-park around 72nd St, the bridge links Cherry Hill (with many flowers) to the Ramble (woodlands). It's best to picnic on the gentle slopes of Cherry Hill overlooking the bridge.
Fun facts about Central Park:
- 12,000 years ago, Central Park was covered and surrounded by glaciers. The rocky parts of the park are the greatest evidence that these glaciers actually existed.
- Central Park covers around 3.5 square miles and stretches across 843 acres of land. Such dimensions make the park six times larger than Monaco.
- There are more than 29 amazing and unique sculptures around the park. Including Cleopatra Needle and Alice in Wonderland.
- More than 350 films feature Central Park.
After the completion of Manhattan’s Central Park, architects Architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, designed Prospect Park. This park is Brooklyn flagship park, welcoming more than 10 million people a year.
These are our chosen spots to picnic at Prospect Park:
LONG MEADOW - Possible the longest unbroken meadow in any urban US park, the Long Meadow is nearly a mile of green space. This is a very popular spot for picnics, sports, birthday parties and in the summertime concerts by the New York Philharmonic.
BANDSHELL NORTH - This wooded area of the park not only has tables for people to picnic, but you are also allowed to BBQ! This is one of our favorite places because in very warm days the shadows of the trees give place to a nice fresh air to picnic under the trees.
Things to do at Prospect Park:
SMORGARBURG - Considered the largest weekly open-air food market in America, Smorgarburg attracts more than 20,000 people to Brooklyn every weekend to eat from 100 local vendors. Located in Breeze Hill, Prospect park, every Sunday, April through October, you can grab a snack here then on a blanket at the park.
PROSPECT PARK ZOO - Home to 400 animals of more than 100 species. The Zoo is operated by the Wildlife Conservatory Society, known throughout the world for its innovative ways of caring for animals. Kids will be amazed by close-up views of some of the wild’s most unusual animals. Our favorites: sea lions and red pandas.
TAKE A RIDE ON THE CAROUSEL - The current iteration of the park’s merry-go-round was built in 1912 and resided at Coney Island until 1952, when it was moved to Prospect Park. If a horse doesn’t strike your fancy, go for a spin on one of the carousel’s more exotic animals: a lion, giraffe or buck.
Fun fact about Prospect Park:
- This mile-long patch of grass is one of the longest uninterrupted stretches in any park in the country. This means that even on the busiest days, there are plenty of spots to settle in for a picnic, a game of frisbee or just to catch some rays. We like the less-crowded areas closer to the southern end of the park (near the ball fields), where you can usually find some shade.
DE LA SOL HOME must-have items for your picnic
Inspired by the classic woven French market shopper, our Fiesta Beach Basket is handmade in Morocco using palm leaf. This basket is embellished with super thick wool tassels. Available in black or orange embellishment, this basket will make you picnic in style!
Our Blooming Basket is perfect for a picnic and even a trip to the farmer’s market. Handmade in Morocco by local artisans using palm leaves, this basked has five fluffy, cream pom-poms on the sides. It also has two handles made from sisal cord to carry it around comfortably!
Handmade in Ghana using elephant grass, our Ghana Basket is the statement piece you need next time you go out for a picnic at the park! Every basket has a unique shape and includes a leather-wrapped handle that makes it very easy-to-carry. Available in Natural, Fuchsia and Black.