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Hot Picnic Spots

All you need is a basket and a blanket



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New Canaan Faves

Irwin Park, 848 Weed Street

Lounge under stately trees that speckle the lawn of this old, formerly private New Canaan Park. Opened to the public in 2005, it’s perfect for a picnic, bike ride, or a stroll on the paved quarter-mile trail.

Mead Park, 241 Park Street

Stop at the The Apple Cart for delicious non-traditional picnic food (think: falafel), sitting at picnic tables near the baseball field and tennis courts.

Ed Dixon Memorial Park, Corner of Hoyt and Maple Streets

A sliver of a spot tucked away from the main streets of town, but a favorite of local families. 

Olive and George Lee Memorial Garden, 89 Chichester Road

The best kept secret in New Canaan, houses a three-acre garden begun over 70 years ago by plant lover George S. Lee, Jr.

Waveny, 677 South Avenue

The grand dame of New Canaan picnic spots. Over 250 acres of land and trails to enjoy. It’s biggest picknicking event is the July 4th Fireworks celebration. Spencer's Run Dog Park is on the property as well.


Darien Faves

Cherry Lawn Park, 120 Brookside Road

An absolute haven for kids who love playgrounds. Nice, shaded areas and benches ideal for a quick bite, and located next to the Darien Nature Center. Home to a dog run also.

Weed Beach Park, 155 Nearwater Lane

A large, scenic public beach, complete with picnic areas and public grills. Amazing new playground and yummy snack bar. Open all seasons, non-residents must pay for a pass.

Tilley Pond Park, 50 West Avenue

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle but near downtown, this is a beautiful green oasis. Enjoy your lunch overlooking the beautiful pond. A much-loved spot for dog walkers.

Pear Tree Point Beach, 90 Pear Tree Point Road

A quaint spot, but lovely to overlook all the boats that dock next door at the Darien Boat Club.


Rowayton Faves

Rowayton Market, 157 Rowayton Avenue

Stop here for to-go picnic fare, or sit outside on the deck overlooking the 5-mile river.

Pinkney Park, 1 Rowayton Avenue

Also on the 5-mile River, this picturesque spot and formal garden are home to Shakepeare on the Sound until mid- July, and summer concerts during August. The annual River Ramble festival takes place here on July 13th.

Bayley Beach, 11 Pine Point Road

Enjoy gorgeous views and relax at one of the many picnic tables here. Don’t miss their Summer Concerts from June 23-September 8th (August concerts are at Pinkney). Non-residents must pay fee.

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