PENNSYLVANIA PICNIC PERFECTION
Checkerboard red, the wooden basket and a floppy hat. Picnics are a time-honored tradition of getting out and exploring nature, while also eating delicious food. Have a sandwich with a side of nature in Bucks County. The beautiful landscapes and ever evolving cuisine meld together for the perfect picnic.
Peace Valley Park offers something for all ages, creating more than just a place for a picnic. The areas surrounding the lake contain trails to walk, a nature center to explore and plenty of places for children to play. A picnic by the water is the perfect way to let all the daily stresses of life float away. The six-mile loop surrounding the lake creates the best way to see all the lake has to offer.
A short 13-minute drive up the road to Perkasie, shows more of the gorgeous landscape of Upper Bucks County and provides a hungry traveler with a respite for their tired bones after miles of hiking. The Perk, a local institution, has a menu for all tastes. The large portions and reasonable prices make for the perfect meal.
Ringing Rocks Park is a both a breathtaking and unique place for picnic. After you finish eating, make sure to bring a hammer to the boulder field to hit the 10-foot high rock piles that make a strange and fascinating ringing sound when struck. On the journey home, treat the family to some sweet treats from OwowCow Creamery. This local establishment uses fresh ingredients from Bucks County farms to produce creamy, hand-made creations.
A child’s dream and an adults delight, the Kids' Castle takes visitors back to their youthful fantasies, and allows them to explore a literal wooden castle. With bridges, slides and of course a highest point to reach, kids and adults can explore to their hearts content. Once tired, the immense hills abutting the castle provide a gorgeous backdrop for a picnic, provided a blanket and food were brought. If not, Altamonte’s Italian Market in nearby Doylestown, can help to satisfy all appetites with quick and easy to eat food. For more delicious food on the go, stop by Empanada Mama, a Doylestown favorite. Choose a box of their delicious take on the South American hand-pie. Then choose from a variety of homemade dipping sauces that range from sweet to savory.
More than one thousand acres of pure Pennsylvania wilderness provide the perfect backdrop for a picnic. Tyler State Park, is not just a place to stop and eat at a picnic table. Activities include, frisbee golf courses, stocked water for fishing, trails for horseback riding and a slip for boating. With most trails being paved, all skills levels are welcome, and it’s possible for one to see as many or as little people as they please, truly allowing the individual to tailor their experience in the park. Core Creek Park has pavilions and wooded picnic areas for you to enjoy. Pets are allowed so bring your furry friend. Taking its name from Neshaminy Creek, Neshaminy State Park has picnic benches and grills at your disposal to create your perfect picnic.
If after exploring, one is feeling rather peckish, than Becky’s Deli would be a perfect place to go. Becky is a local resident with a wealth of knowledge of the area, and wonderful food. Opening as early as 7 a.m. Becky’s Deli can help keep one walking, hiking or playing to their hearts’ content.
Is there a better way to picnic than surrounded by beautiful, blooming wildflowers? Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is picture perfect! Take one of their daily Guided Wildflower Walks to see and learn about the gorgeous blooms. After your walk, picnic in the designated area located just past the entrance to the Preserve grounds, in the Captain James Moore Pavilion and adjacent grassy area. The Pavilion has electricity and picnic tables to make your experience perfect!
If you're looking for a place to picnic and get a history lesson, Pennsbury Manor delivers! The Manor, a reconstruction of William Penn's home, is set on 43 beautiful acres along the Delaware River. Take their guided tour through the Manor House, furnished with 17th century period furniture and experience what life was like in colonial times. After your tour, you are free to explore the estate. Stroll through the gardens, walk along the banks of the river or visit the stables to catch a glimpse of oxen or sheep grazing in the pastures. Take your picnic lunch to their covered picnic pavilion to round out your exciting and educational experience.
Take a trip back in time when you picnic at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Preserved on the park's 500 acres is the site where George Washington crossed the Delaware River and turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. When you're finished having lunch in one of the parks many picnic areas, tour the rest of the park for more American history, natural beauty and family fun!