In Baltimore picnics aren’t just a blanket in the park. Picnickers here seek out spots that include swimming, hiking and sightseeing too. Find those fun extras, and so much more, at Baltimore’s best picnic spots. Don’t forget the cameras. These memories ought to last a lifetime.
2800 Nixon’s Farm Ln.
West Friendship, Md. 21794
Price: $21.95 per person
Nixon’s Farm is the premier destination for a sun-soaked picnic. Nixon’s does not just accommodate an ordinary picnic. The 50-year-old historic farm provides guests with a state-of-the-art barn turned ballroom. Enjoy wine tastings, cocktail and theme parties, volleyball, basketball, softball, horseshoes and murder mysteries. To take it easy and peer out into nature, have a look at the wild deer and rabbits that roam around the farm. Gather your family, friends or co-workers together for an outdoor feast at Nixon’s and it’s a guaranteed good time.
4651 Centennial Ln.
Ellicott City, Md. 21042
Have fun picnicking with your family or friends in Ellicott City at Maryland’s Centennial Park. Centennial is a great place to have a picnic, and the park has a total of nine pavilions, any of which can be used by you and as many as 40 of your guests. The park also features a 54-acre, man-made lake that provides a haven for deer, turtles, foxes, herons and other area wildlife. Playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, paved trails and boat launch/rental areas are just a few extra amenities to help everyone enjoy a day out here.
Rocky Point Beach and Park
2200 Rocky Point Rd.
Essex, Md. 21221
Price: Reservations required
You’ll want to take a swimsuit on picnics at Rocky Point Beach and Park in Baltimore. That’s because Rocky Point allows visitors to take a dip in the Middle River, all while gazing into the rippling waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Rocky Point also offers more than 18 picnic areas for you and your company of picnicking compadres to enjoy. Expect drop-in guests, including eagles, ospreys and great blue herons at Rocky Point.
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Oregon Ridge Park
13555 Beaver Dam Rd.
Cockeysville, Md. 21030
Price: free for grass picknickers/facility reservation required
Come here to enjoy the Oregon Ridge Beach, the lodge, the Nature Center, the trails, oh, and an amazing picnic. Take advantage of the playground, fitness area and golf course, as well. Expect an array of snakes, frogs, turtles and other wild animals in their natural habitat in the forest surrounding the picnic area. Most importantly, the picnic areas of Oregon Ridge Park cost only the price of a picnic basket and gas. Oregon Ridge is a Baltimore getaway right near the city that turns an ordinary picnic into an outdoor experience surrounded by nature.
Diamond Ridge Park
7500 Dogwood Rd.
Woodlawn, Md. 21244
Diamond Ridge Park is a great place to picnic right in the heart of Baltimore County. Take a significant other, family or friends for a peaceful day out in an oasis of duck-filled ponds and rolling hills. Watch golfers tee off on the golf course inside of the park, or participate in a game yourself. Diamond Ridge is nestled in the woods of Patapsco State Park, so it’s far enough away from traffic to be serene, yet close enough to be convenient to Baltimore.
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