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Old Westbury Gardens in Old Westbury, Gerry Pond Park in Roslyn and Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay rank among Long Island Pulse’s top spots for picnics on Long Island.

Top Spots For Picnics on Long Island

Now that the weather is getting warmer, the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors on Long Island is endless. There are tons of gorgeous hiking or biking trails to choose from and vineyards to satisfy any type of vino craving. But for those opting for a more relaxing day among the trees, a picnic is a great way to kick back and share some treats with loved ones. Grab your wooden basket and dine in serenity at these perfect picnic spots throughout Nassau and Suffolk County.

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Old Westbury Gardens, Westbury

Picnic in class at the former estate of John Shaffer Phipps. There’s a designated picnic area on the gorgeous estate, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Beauty is everywhere with 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes where some wildlife loves to wander. An impromptu picnic is also possible as its Cafe in the Woods serves sandwiches, salads and beverages. Old Westbury Gardens is open every day except for Tuesdays from April 10 to October 31 (10am-5pm). Go

Gerry Pond Park, Roslyn

Gerry Park

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This gem, located in the picturesque village of Roslyn, is known for its beautiful large pond enclosed by trees, a gazebo, working mill and historic buildings in peripheral view. Plop down on the grass with a blanket for an old-fashioned picnic or enjoy a meal on one of the red benches. Go

Indian Island County Park, Riverhead

Head farther East to enjoy a day in nature at this 275-acre park offering several amenities, including fishing, boating and hiking. Picnicking is also on the list with picnic tables and grills near the beautiful Flanders Bay. But beware of campers who are known to take over the area. Go

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay 

Planting Fields Foundation

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This stunning state park (also on the National Register) is over 400 acres with gardens, fountains and the Tudor revival mansion known as Coe Hall Historic House Museum. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy an outdoor picnic in the designated area where relaxation is a guarantee. It’s open daily from 9am-5pm until November 18. Go

Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park

This state park has long been a popular spot for gatherings with millions of people heading over each year. That’s thanks in part to its gorgeous views of the Long Island Sound and Connecticut, an almost mile-long boardwalk and, of course, a lovely picnic area. Aside from picnic tables situated under trees, the park also has barbecues allowing groups to enjoy more than just sandwiches and potato salad. Go

Belmont Lake State Park, West Babylon

Belmont Lake State Park

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Located in North Babylon, Belmont Lake State Park is another place where Long Islanders tend to go for picnics. It’s probably due to the fact that there are plenty of picnic tables to choose from, charcoal grills to get some hot dogs cooking and even picnic pavilions to rent. Of course the scenic lake views also don’t hurt. The park is open every day from 7am-8:30pm. Go

Heckscher State Park, East Islip

The 1,600-acre state park is another that drips in history—it was the 19th century property of J. Neal Plum and George C. Taylor. It’s full of chances for outdoor activity with open fields for sports and four miles of trails. Enjoy a picnic at one of the many tables and keep an eye out for deer that have becomes friends of the park. Go