Best Picnic Spots

Who doesn’t love a good picnic? There’s something so nostalgic about packing your favorite foods and beverages in a cooler or basket and enjoying them while spread out on a blanket outdoors. While the backyard is a great setting for picnics, our community has plenty of idyllic spots for families to set up their spread for the day. These picnic spots offer something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a scenic view, a dog-friendly park or a romantic spot with some privacy.

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    Scottsdale Waterfront

    Pack a meal or grab takeout from a restaurant and enjoy a picnic at the Scottsdale Waterfront, where grass, water, and views are plentiful. 

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    Scottsdale Civic Center

    Love a picnic? Enjoy one on a park bench or grassy expanse in view of artist Robert Indiana's iconic "LOVE" sculpture at Scottsdale Civic Center.

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    Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt

    Get your fill of greenery at the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt, and enjoy a meal alongside an oasis of parks, lakes, paths, and golf courses. 

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    McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

    At the 40-acre McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, spread a picnic blanket out on the expanse of grass, or grab a ramada for some shade.

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    McDowell Sonoran Preserve

    While picnicking is currently not allowed due to Covid-19 guidelines, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve generally offers a stunning backdrop for those ready for a meal.

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    Scottsdale Ranch Park & Tennis Center

    There is so much to do at Scottsdale Ranch Park & Tennis Center—tennis, racquetball, volleyball, basketball, and squash courts, playgrounds, and ramadas for when it's time to eat.

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    Pinnacle Peak Park

    Find picnic tables and a shade ramada at Pinnacle Peak Park—as well as trails and rock climbing routes—although picnicking is not currently allowed due to Covid-19 guidelines. 

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    Chaparral Park

    Pull up a bench, watch the ducks, and enjoy a picnic in the park at Chaparral Park. There are also ramadas for those who prefer reservable shade.

  9. Pretty views, easy hikes, and shade ramadas make Lost Dog Wash a nice place for a picnic. Note: Picnicking currently not allowed due to Covid-19 protocols.

  10. Sonoran Hills Park

    The 10-acre Sonoran Hills Park features a large turf area, picnic areas, and two drop-in ramadas, as well as a playground, tennis courts, and more.

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    Queen Creek Olive Mill

    Grab food from Queen Creek Olive Mill's Eatery and pull up a picnic table for a meal at this unique 100-acre destination filled with olive trees. 

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    Paseo Vista Recreation Area

    From an archery range to walking trails, there's so much to do to make a day of a picnic at Paseo Vista Recreation Area.

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    Dr. A.J. Chandler Park

    Dine in the heart of Chandler at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, the long-standing town gathering place located in the original town square and designed by the City's founder. 

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    Veterans Oasis Park

    Settle in at a picnic area or claim a bench by the water for a serene meal at Veterans Oasis Park.

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    Desert Breeze Park

    Take a ride on the Desert Breeze Railroad before sitting down for lunch at Desert Breeze Park. There's a snack bar on-site if you don't want to BYO.

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    Papago Park

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    Papago Park is designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride, and includes Hunt's Tomb, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Tempe Beach Park

    Nearby Chandler is Tempe's Tempe Beach Park, where picnic-goers can also enjoy a splash pad, boating, paths, and more.

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    Tumbleweed Park

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    Ready to entertain the kids? Playtopia! a 2.5-acre playground and picnic section of Tumbleweed Park. Bring something to grill—there are on-site barbeque grills.

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    Homestead South Park

    Wide expanses of grass beckon for a picnic on a blanket. When you're done, Homestead South Park has a shaded boulder rock climbing play structure.

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    Meadowbrook Park

    Not only can you enjoy a picnic at Meadowbrook Park, but there is also a horseshoe pit and a playground.

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    Arizona Falls

    Located along the Arizona Canal between 56th and 58th streets, the Arizona Falls man-made waterfall combines art, history, and technology—and makes a perfect backdrop for a picnic.

  22. El Dorado Park

    Find a number of amenities at El Dorado Park, including a lake and sand volleyball court, and ramadas perfect for a midday meal.

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    Japanese Friendship Garden Of PhoeniX

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    Take a quiet stroll at the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, and then enjoy a picnic at this unexpected tranquil destination in the heart of Phoenix.

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    Piestewa Peak

    Visitors can hike Piestewa Peak before settling in at the picnic area of the park for a meal.

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    Scottsdale Rotary Park

    Eat a meal at Scottsdale Rotary Park, where not only are there picnic ramadas, but the world's first plaza designed in the shape of the Rotary symbol.

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    Barry Goldwater Memorial Park

    In Paradise Valley, find the small Barry Goldwater Memorial Park, perfect for a picnic, where a statue of the late Senator Barry Goldwater stands guard.