Impress your partner with your sense of romance and creativity by taking her or him for a sunrise breakfast. A family picnic followed by a few hours of playing outside in the sunshine will burn off excess energy and the kids and pets may even sleep all the way home.
Check out these venues and get inspired to discover your happy place.
1. Arcadia Park
One prime picnic destination is right in your own backyard. With a playground and ample open spaces, Arcadia Park is both dog and kid-friendly. Pavilions and grills make picnicking simple, and if exercise should call, a sand volleyball court, and plenty of open fields await. Just be sure to take time to lie back and soak in those beautiful views of Camelback Mountain.
Located south of E. Indian School Road and N. 56th St.
2. Papago Park
With its famous red buttes, Papago Park has become a popular spot for tourists and Arizonans. For those who strictly want to picnic, while studying the eye-catching scenery, tables are available. And for those who seek more activity, the only question you need to answer is how active you want to be. Light activity seekers can visit the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden. An archery range and a fishing pond are available for those who are interested. For those seeking more, there are miles of trails for both foot and bike. Papago is located at 625 N. Galvin Parkway.
3. Steele Indian School Park
Located in Central Phoenix, at N. Central Ave. and E. Indian School Road, Steele Indian School Park spans 75 acres. With trees and grassy areas, a playground, basketball and sand volleyball courts, ramadas and picnic spaces, this park offers something for everyone.
Steeped in history, Steele Indian School Park sits atop the campus of the former federal Phoenix Indian School, established in 1891. Along with several other memorials and tributes to Native American life and culture, three of the original school buildings still stand in the park today.
4. Granada Park
Granada Park is located at 6505 N. 20th St. near the Phoenix Mountains. With a duck pond, a playground, tennis courts and a dedicated picnic area with a grill, Granada is your classic all-American park. This kid and dog-friendly space affords views of Piestewa Peak.
5. Dreamy Draw Recreation Area
Dreamy Draw Recreation Area, at 2421 E. Northern Ave., is part of the extensive trail system of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. The Dreamy Draw area nestles at the base of Piestewa Peak, and it’s a beautiful spot for a picnic. For those who decline making the 2,608-foot climb to the summit of Piestewa Peak, the Dreamy Draw trails offer a less strenuous undertaking that’s well-suited to newbies.
6. G. R. Herberger Park and Arizona Falls
Another picnic spot practically across the street from Arcadia Park is G.R. Herberger Park at 58th St. and Indian School. With its free lighted tennis courts and sand volleyball courts, this is definitely more of an activity-driven location, but a grassy area exists that’s ideal for picnics as well as for kids and pets to run and play.
Just steps away, you’ll find Arizona Falls, which was formed when Arizona Canal excavators encountered a massive, impregnable slab of granite in 1884.
History lovers will particularly relish seeing the restored hydroelectric plant.