It’s usually about May when people start to wonder aloud, “Should we do dinner outside tonight?” Depending on the amount of propane, whether or not the meat is defrosted, and if it’s gloomy outside, the answer might be no. The thing to do is to prepare a picnic.

Where should you go? Well, here’s a list to get you started! Generally, these parks are open until dusk.

Crandall Park has tables, grills, and a BBQ pavilion available for rental. Bring a ball to play soccer or baseball, or just enjoy the playground with swings, a climbing wall, and more. The large pond has trails and a bridge, perfect for a post lunch walk!

Hovey Pond Park is a 10 acre urban park with a gazebo and picnic tables. It’s not your average park as there is a group of volunteers who cultivate beautiful floral gardens.

Haviland’s Cove lets you add swimming to your picnic agenda! Bring your canoe and kayak and enjoy the launch and lunch! Also, take advantage of the 7-mile Feeder Canal towpath.

Hudson River Park 44 acres to roam and 6 miles of the Hudson River to enjoy. Not for swimming, but there is a motorized boat launch free of charge. Pickleball, softball, fishing, and basketball, not to mention a great playground make this a wonderful spot. Pack extra snacks!

The Hudson River Nature Trail does allow swimming. It’s an easy hike and you can select a spot on the boulders on the river’s edge to have your picnic!

West End Park - This sweet three-acre park has grass to run around in, basketball courts, and a covered picnic shelter. The bright colors of the playground thrill little kids and it is convenient to the Northway.

Take a ride on the Northwoods Scenic Gondola at Gore Mountain and picnic with an incomparable view!

If you are more interested in putting in an order, picking it up, and then heading out for a picnic, consider the Gourmet Café or visit our restaurants in the Lake George Area page. Check out our Pinterest board for more local options!

What to pack? Sunscreen, bug spray (you may not need it, but just in case), water, food, and a trash bag. Whatever you do, have fun, take pictures, and let us know how it was for you!