Pack your picnic basket in Montco this spring
When the weather gets warmer and the flowers start to bloom, you know it’s picnic season. Pick up everything you need for a perfect picnic and lay out your blanket in a scenic park, all right here in Montco!
Pick a Park
With so many parks in Montgomery County it’s hard to pick just one for your picnic. Here are some of the most scenic picnicking spots to make the most of your day. Betzwood Park, located within Valley Forge Park, is tailor made for picnics with multiple tables, bathrooms, shady spots, and grassy areas. It sits right along the Schuylkill River so you can enjoy the views while you eat.
Visit Fort Washington State Park for almost 500 acres of beautiful park. The best spots to picnic in this state park are in the Flourtown and Militia Hill day-use areas. Here you can eat at one of over 300 picnic tables, spot the flowering dogwood trees in the spring, and enjoy the wide-open playfields for spring activities.
Lower Perkiomen Valley Park has picnic pavilions, large grassy fields, and scenic views along Perkiomen Creek. Playgrounds will keep restless kids entertained while you enjoy your time in the sun. Upper Schuylkill Valley Park features educational displays of wild animals and a seasonal butterfly garden to check out during your picnic.
If you’re bringing your four-legged friend to enjoy the outdoors with you, check out the best dog-friendly Montco parks here.
Grab Some Grub
From cheeseboards to chicken salad sandwiches to tomato pie, Montco has everything you need to feed you on your picnic.
For a traditional savory picnic spread, The Grand Fromage in Skippack will satisfy. They offer a wide range of cheeses, dried meats, rustic bread sticks, and Italian style crackers. Choose from their accompaniments including mustards, tapenades, and preserves. Make sure to try their cherry bourbon chipotle spread and blueberry balsamic over some creamy brie. You can also stop by The Cheese Company in Narberth to check out their classic cheeses and dried meats, as well as house-made sandwiches like egg salad, chicken salad, and more.
Di Bruno Bros. is the perfect spot to get makings for an elevated picnic. They’ve got every cheese under the sun and plenty of options for cured meats, and unique toppings like tarragon Dijon mustard, caramelized onions, stuffed peppers, Marcona almonds and much more.
Corropolese Italian Bakery & Deli in Norristown is perfect for a family picnic as they serve up a classic tomato pie with lots of topping options. If hoagies and cheesesteaks are your preferred picnic fare, make sure to drop by Corropolese.
Something to Sip On
Refresh yourself with a drink during your picnic out in the sun. Nekter Juice Bar in Blue Bell has healthy juices and smoothies perfect for sipping. Try out the PB&J smoothie, that tastes just like the childhood classic, or the Buzz juice, teeming with citrus and ginger flavors.
If iced coffee is your thing, check out Montco’s best coffee shops here. ‘feine in Conshohocken serves up some of the best hand-crafted coffee drinks. Who can say no to an iced honey lavender latte enjoyed in a park?
If you're looking to liven up your picnic, stop by one of Montco’s top wineries and pick up a bottle. Boyd's Cardinal Hollow Winery offers sparkling chardonnay, merlot, and unique fruit wines like blueberry and strawberry. Just make sure to check out park liquor laws before popping any bottles outside.
A picnic is not complete without something sweet to top it all off. Check out the county’s best bakeries here, to pick up muffins, cupcakes, cookies and more! Beverly’s Pastry Shop sells French macarons to bring some color and sweetness to your picnic. Pie and Plate Café serves individual slices of their house made pies for a smaller picnic. Grab some key lime pie or a chocolate chip cookie cheesecake pie to end your meal right!
Montgomery County’s natural scenery and delicious food options make planning your perfect picnic easy as pie!