Perfect Picnic Places in Philly

July 22, 2021

Summer and picnics go hand in hand. With so many parks and plazas in the City of Sisterly Love, it can be hard to decide where to go. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of the perfect picnic places in Philly.

Whether you’re looking for water views, Instagram opportunities, or fun activities for kids, read on to learn the five perfect places to picnic in the city.

Photo by: @sunflower_S0ul


Rittenhouse Square

If you’re looking for a more relaxing place to enjoy a picnic, Rittenhouse Square is the spot for you. Located only eight minutes away from the Touraine, Rittenhouse Square offers expansive lush green grass to lay your picnic blanket down and enjoy a peaceful meal. After your lunch, stroll along the circular walkway past the large planter bed and reflecting pool or enjoy the serenity the park has to offer by reading a book.

Photo by: @thachminh

Schuylkill River Park

Schuylkill River Park is the next spot on our list. With picturesque views, two dog parks, and a public playground, this riverfront embodies the definition of family-friendly. The best part about it - it’s only 16 minutes, walking distance away from Touraine. And, on your walk to the riverfront, you can load up your picnic basket with specialty sandwiches from Bacchus Market.

Photo by: @Dcluxxlife

Love Park

You’ll need your camera for this picnic spot - Love Park. Named after the Instagrammable Love Sculpture fixated in the heart of the plaza, Love Park serves as the perfect destination for a date night picnic. 

American Architect Edmond Bacon first created the plaza (formerly known as John F. Kennedy Plaza). It was redesigned in 2018 to promote inclusivity and engagement in the West Philly area. Today, the plaza has a great lawn fixed between two gardens and hosts various community-oriented events. 

Photo Credits: @FranklinSquarePhilly

Franklin Square

Franklin Square, one of Philadelphia’s five original squares, has activities for both kids and adults alike. After finishing lunch on the manicured lawn situated on the park’s Eastside, walk over and ride the Parx Liberty Carousel - perfect for families with young kids. For older kids, get the whole family together for a friendly competition of mini-golf. If it’s a hot day, stop by the 100-year old fountain in the center of the park to cool off. Regardless of age, Franklin Square offers fun for the entire family.

Photo by: @Dperra

Clark Park

Clark Park rounds out our picnic spot list. The park, only 4 minutes walking distance from Garden Court Plaza, is the central hub for activity in Spruce Hill, hosting a variety of community-oriented events such as food truck festivals and farmers markets. Grab some fresh strawberries before parking your picnic set-up and enjoying the hustle and bustle of the park. 

We hope this list helps you make the most of the remainder of this picnic season. For more information on where to enjoy a picnic this summer, places follow us on Instagram and Facebook

Didn’t see your favorite picnic spot on the list? Feel free to DM us on Instagram so we can feature it on our page!