Planning the Perfect Picnic in Baltimore for National Picnic Day

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Planning the Perfect Picnic in Baltimore for National Picnic Day

April 20, 2021

Friday, April 23 is National Picnic Day! National Picnic Day is a celebration held every year on April 23 to honor the wonderful picnic and everything picnics have to offer. Picnics began in France when royal parks opened to the public for the first time in 1789 after the French Revolution. The idea of the picnic eventually spread and became a popular activity in the United States and other countries around the world!

Packing for the perfect picnic is easy—all you really need is a blanket, food, and drinks, but you can also bring games and other fun activities to keep you and your friends or family entertained. 

Make sure to bring easy to pack food, garbage bags, napkins, wipes, and a cooler for drinks. 

Travel as light as possible to make setting and cleaning up easier as well. Since you will be outside, it’s also important to prepare for bugs, which you can do by bringing bug spray and containers with lids. 

There are plenty of beautiful nearby parks and delicious restaurants with to-go options to help make planning your picnic a bit easier!

Where To Go For Your Picnic

Canton Waterfront Park

For some of the richest history and most beautiful scenery in Baltimore, picnic at Canton Waterfront Park! The park is only 10 minutes from 1305 and offers views of Fort McHenry and the Baltimore Harbor. 

Patterson Park 

Patterson Park is 10 minutes away and is Baltimore’s most extensively-used park, known for being a major site in the War of 1812. The park has two picnic pavilions where you can enjoy your picnic, and has an eclectic architecture design, making it one of the most unique parks for you to have your picnic!

Federal Hill Park

Federal Hill Park has some of the most incredible views of Inner Harbor and the city of Baltimore! The park is 10 minutes away and is one of the top picnic spots in the city, with lots of space to set up and enjoy a day at the park. 

Druid Hill Park

Druid Hill Park was Baltimore’s first large municipal park and is only 15 minutes away from 1305. The park has designated picnic groves and pavilions, with plenty of space for you to set up your picnic, and is also home to the wonderful Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens!

Picnic Food

Vida Taco

Vida Taco is conveniently located right down the block from 1305 here in Harbor Point. Vida Taco offers Taco Boxes, which are perfect for groups and come with everything you may need for your tacos including tortillas, hot sauce, beans, pico, pickled cabbage, salsa, queso, and cilantro. You can also order a variety of cocktails to go, including sangria, palomas, and margaritas with your choice of tequila!

Cheese Galore and More

Charcuterie boards have been one of the latest food trends, and make for a delicious, easy to eat picnic snack! Order a board or one of the famous cheese platters from Cheese Galore and More in Federal Hill! Cheese platters and boards are custom-made, so you can make sure to include items that everyone at your picnic will enjoy. 

Rosina Gourmet

Sandwiches are a picnic staple, so for an incredible selection of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, check out Rosina Gourmet! Rosina Gourmet has locations in Fells Point, Canton, and Downtown Baltimore, so you can stop by the location closest to your picnic spot.

Nanami Cafe

Since sushi does not have to be cooked, it is the perfect meal to bring to your picnic that will last throughout the day! Nanami Cafe in Fells Point is only five minutes away from 1305, and has a large selection of sushi with plenty of options made for sharing, including the Chef’s Sushi and Sashimi Boat. 

Chesapeake Wine

Chesapeake Wine in Canton has some of the best wine in Baltimore, including canned wine, which makes bringing a drink to your picnic super easy! They also have plenty of delicious snacks on the menu including pizza, antipasto, and cheese plates, all of which are great for sharing.

Charm City Picnic

Charm City Picnic is a new business here in Baltimore that will put together the perfect picnic for you. You choose the picnic package that fits your group’s needs and then they do all of the work- all you have to do is show up! While picnics for National Picnic Day are all booked, there are plenty of other dates starting in June to choose from, so you can start planning a summer picnic now!

Happy National Picnic Day

We hope you have a very enjoyable National Picnic Day. Share your photos from the day with us at @1305DockStreet.


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