For those of you who love summer and the outdoors, this should be your favorite month. That’s because National Parks and Recreation Month and National Picnic Month both happen in July!
This glorious summer month is just the right time to celebrate the many positive things that parks bring to the neighborhood – from play and leisure spaces…to grand displays of nature’s bounties…to opportunities for social and community activities.
It is also the optimum time to shine the spotlight on that traditional summer happening…the picnic! Picnics are a great way to bond, have fun, relax and reduce stress, interact with family, friends and colleagues…and have a good time!
That the National Parks and Recreation Month and National Picnic Month happen to intersect in July is a great reason to talk about…the best places nationwide to spread the blanket and break out the wine and cheeses (or whatever floats your boat):
Central Park (New York) – A picturesque and made-for-picnics environment! Check out the Conservatory Garden, Strawberry Fields, the Great Lawn, Sheep Meadow, and other locales. Make it a day with bike rentals, free concerts, children’s activities, walking tours, horse-and-carriage rides, and more.
Hawk Hill (California) – Are you into scenery? Are you into hawks and other raptors? Get both, plus an excellent picnic spot in this park. Enjoy spectacular vistas of the Pacific and the Golden Gate – in a setting that’s also witness to wildlife drama, like the raptor migration in the fall.
Lake Harriet’s North Beach (Minnesotta) – As you munch away, enjoy views of calm water, colorful sailboats, and a stunning band shell where summer concerts are performed. Biking and walking trails, water activities, and even outdoor movies provide more options for a relaxing summer day.
National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC) – Feel like picnicking on a Friday evening… with jazz music in the background…and don’t want to pay for it? Pack your picnic basket for the Jazz in the Garden Series every Friday this summer. Free admission.
Cherokee Park (Kentucky) – For an unspoiled and bucolic picnic area, look for the Big Rock, a flat stone that juts into Beargrass Creek. The park itself – with walking paths, hiking trails, golf course, and dog hill – is gorgeous and well maintained.
Sleeping Bear Dunes (Michigan) – Imagine, more than 72,000 acres developed specially for picnicking. Miles and miles of sand beach, spectacular lake views (picnic spots such as Picnic Mountain are within walking distance), and picturesque coastal villages nearby make it well worth the trip!
But…no picnic in the park is complete without your Green Smoke® e-cigarettes. With these smokeless cigs – you’ve got no worries about cigarette smell or annoying smoke bothering anyone…or about cigarette waste littering the picnic grounds…or even causing accidental fires. Picnics in the park and Green Smoke® e-cigs – perfect together!