The 15 Best Picnic Spots in Massachusetts!

Who doesn’t love a good picnic? Whether it’s in the woods, by the ocean, or on a calm, clear lake—picnics are a way to relax and enjoy great food and the great outdoors. These 15 spots are perfect places to enjoy lunch outdoors in Massachusetts. So, check the weather report and head outside for a meal under the sun!

1. Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor, MA

A short ferry ride from Boston Long Wharf lands you at Spectacle Island, one of the Boston Harbor Islands. In addition to enjoying your picnic, you can swim in one of very few places in Boston Harbor where that is allowed.

2. Smolak Farms, North Andover, MA

Parking is free at Smolak Farms, a 300-acre farm and orchard. After your picnic, stop by their farm stand and bakery or indulge in a decadent ice cream cone.

3. The Bradley Estate, Canton, MA

Even though the mansion on the Bradley Estate is used for weddings and other private functions, the 90-acre grounds are the perfect spot for a picnic. Check the website for information on an educational walk around the estate—the perfect way to work off that picnic.

4. Maudslay State Park, Newburyport, MA

Picnic beside the Merrimack River at Maudslay State Park. The $2 parking fee is nothing once you see the wildlife, wildflowers, and beautiful stone bridge.

5. Minute Man National Park, Concord, MA

Enjoy 1,000 acres of history when you picnic at Minute Man National Park. Hiking trails will take you through spots where Revolutionary War battles were fought. You must take your trash away with you, as there are no receptacles on site.

6. Hale Reservation, Westwood, MA

Four ponds and 21 miles of trails make for a beautiful picnic area. Hale Reservation is also home to a day camp during the summer months, but visitors are welcome on the grounds. Located just a short drive from Boston, city dwellers love this escape to nature.

7. Corey Hill Outlook, Brookline, MA

Featuring a large sloping lawn and a rather grueling climb to the top, Corey Hill Outlook affords picnickers and others a fabulous view of the city on clear days. Definitely wear sturdy shoes if planning to hike to the top.

8. Duxbury Beach, Duxbury, MA

Sure, there’s a lot besides picnicking you can do at a beach, but Duxbury Beach, with its dunes and rocks makes an excellent place to stop for lunch or dinner. The barrier beach is one of the best in all of Massachusetts.

9. Bradley Palmer State Park, Topsfield, MA

Seven-hundred acres of meadowland on this former estate make for perfect picnicking at Bradley Palmer State Park. Located along the Ipswich River, there is a wading pool and designated picnic area as well.

10. Halibut Point State Park, Rockport, MA

Sloping granite ledges allow very careful and agile picnickers views that sometimes reach as far as New Hampshire at Halibut Point State Park. While it’s best to picnic on the adjacent grass, this makes for an exciting (and probably even exhausting) post-lunch activity.

11. Westville Dam, Southbridge and Sturbridge, MA

Located between Southbridge and Sturbridge, Westville Dam has a beautiful picnic area with shelters that may be reserved for special events. A walking trail allows for exercise before you return to your picnic for dessert.

12. Goodwill Park, Falmouth, MA

Wooden pathways connect Goodwill Park to a freshwater public beach. In addition to a picnic area with grills, there are activities like horseshoes and volleyball.

13. Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA

Take a ride on the swan boats and picnic near the “Make Way for Duckling” Ducks at Boston Public Garden. Lay back and enjoy this tranquil city oasis—or people watch—as you digest.

14. Singing Beach, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

The sand “sings” at Singing Beach, in the town that now has a film named after it. Even though non-residents must park about a half-mile away, it’s worth the walk to enjoy your picnic here.

15. Larz Anderson Park, Brookline, MA

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Larz Anderson Park is reminiscent of a bygone era. Enjoy your picnic under the willow trees or at one of the tables with grills in the designated area.

Dust off your picnic basket and start planning your picnic fare. With this vast array of Massachusetts spots, you’ll have a picnic planned for every weekend this coming spring and summer.

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One Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA
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221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA
About The park's Visitors Center features exhibits about Holyoke's industrial history and culture. You can also visit the The Children's Museum, t... Read More
115 State Street, Building 4, North Adams, MA
A former railroad yard, this urban park uses historical artifacts and exhibits to bring to life the controversial and danger-filled construction of... Read More
McCauley Road, off Rte. 8, North Adams, MA
Discover a geologic wonder at this 48 acre park. Examine the only naturally formed white marble arch and man-made white marble dam in North America... Read More
Linwood Street, Abington, MA
Ames Nowell is a year-round day use area with recreational activity centered around Cleveland Pond which is popular with boaters and fisherman. Dev... Read More
162 West Union Street, Ashland, MA
Ashland State Park has 470 acres including the 157 acre Ashland Reservoir. The park is operated seasonally and provides opportunities for swimming,... Read More
Harborwalk, Boston, MA
Malibu Beach, Victory Road Park and Tenean Beach provide the public with coastal access along the extended mouth of the Neponset River. Malibu Beac... Read More
86 Dearth Hill Rd, Brimfield, MA
This rolling, heavily forested property has over 20 miles of roads and trails and is used primarily for hiking, walking, horseback riding and fishi... Read More
194 Cranberry Rd, South Carver, MA
Sprawling across the southern sections of Plymouth and Carver, Myles Standish State Forest is the largest publicly owned recreation area in southea... Read More
1199 Middle Road, Clarksburg, MA
Clarksburg State Park offers 368 acres of abundant and unspoiled northern hardwood forest with breathtaking views of the Hoosac Range, Mount Greylo... Read More
915 Walden Street, Concord, MA
Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from July 1845 to September 1847. His experience at Walden provided the material for the book Walden, whic... Read More
115 Barneys Joy Rd, Dartmouth, MA
This park is one of the best kept secrets in the Massachusetts forest and park system. Here, an 1800-foot saltwater beach is backed by rambling hil... Read More
Route 2, Erving, MA
Daily Parking Fee: $8 MA Vehicle, $10 non-MA Vehicle This forest provides a wide variety of recreational pursuits including, boating, swimming and... Read More
Green Street, Fairhaven, MA
One of the smaller parks in Massachusetts, Fort Phoenix State Reservation combines historic features, scenic views and a variety of recreational fa... Read More
78 Cape Street Rte. 112, Goshen, MA
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) donated 1,020 acres to the Commonwealth for a state forest in 1929. Since then more than 750 additio... Read More
3920 Mystic Valley Pkwy, Medford, MA
Open year round, dawn to dusk. The banks of the Mystic River are almost entirely publicly owned, from the Amelia Earhart Dam at the mouth of the My... Read More
840 Hillside Street, Milton, MA
The Department of Conservation and Recreation invites you to spend the day and enjoy the calm, clear waters of Houghton’s Pond in the scenic ... Read More
43 Commonwealth Rd, Natick, MA
Cochituate State Park is a popular regional day use park featuring water based recreational opportunities including boating, swimming, windsurfing,... Read More
1041 Cascade St., Pittsfield, MA
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