6 Scenic Spots For A Picturesque Picnic In Atlanta

This summer, you can get outside and enjoy the weather with these scenic picnic spots around the city. (David Goldman/Associated Press)


This summer, admire the great outdoors while picnicking in Atlanta.

From crystal waterfalls in Cascade Springs Nature Preserve to fountains in Centennial Olympic Park, there are stunning scenes in the city to feast your eyes.

We’ve compiled six of the most breathtaking places in Atlanta for the next time you want to eat outside

Piedmont Park

Where: 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta

Hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily

Set up your picnic in the heart of Atlanta at the photographic Piedmont Park. There are picnic areas that can be reserved and plenty of green spaces to spread out a blanket for your lunch. If you plan on barbecuing, there are 22 grills available for use. Some sights to see at the park are the Lake Clara Meer, waterfall and Grand Arbor.

Centennial Olympic Park

Where: 265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta

Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily

Take in views of local attractions at Centennial Olympic Park. The park is surrounded by buildings such as the CNN Center, World of Coca-Cola and the Skyview Ferris wheel. Within the 21-acre park, there are the Fountain of Rings that shoots water up through water jets and floral gardens. Barbecue grills aren’t allowed in the park, but there’s a restaurant called Googie Burger onsite if you don’t want to pack for the picnic.

Historic Fourth Ward Park

Where: 680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta

Hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily

Visit the urban Historic Fourth Ward Park that is known for its 17-acre green space and expansive lake. The park, finished in 2012, feels like an oasis in the city where wildlife, such as ducks and fish roam free around the pond. Ponce City Market is within walking distance and has many food spots in it, such as H&F Burger, that you can grab food from for your picnic.

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

Where: 2852 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta

Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily

See the waterfall, springs and forest of Cascade Springs Nature Preserve. Within the parks 120 acres, there are plenty of places to sit out and enjoy a lunch in the outdoors. Once your picnic is finished, there is over a mile of trails that twist through the forest’s English Ivy and cascades.

Grant Park

Where: 840 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta

Hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily

Enjoy the sights of Atlanta’s oldest city park, Grant Park. The park has a rich history stemming back to 1883. The Fountain At Milledge Avenue, Judge John Erskine Memorial Fountain and Lake Abana are some of the landmarks to see during your picnic. Some nearby restaurants to pick up your lunch from are the Grant Central Pizza & Pasta and Grant Park Coffeehouse.

Lullwater Preserve

Where: 1463 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta

Hours: Not listed online

Near Emory University, Lullwater Preserve is home to Candler Lake, waterways and ruins from a stone powerhouse dating back to the 1920s. There is also a round trip paved trail that goes along the lake, South Fork Peachtree Creek and the wildlife-rich forest. Just bring a blanket and food to relax.

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