March 23, 2021
This winter must eventually end and then it's time to pack your basket, grab some blankets and head out for a picnic. There are lots of great spots to nosh in nature in around Columbia so check out our list and make it a day to remember!
Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area
Just a few minutes east of Columbia, Little Dixie Lake has picnic areas on two sides of the lake, you can rent a boat and go for a sail or even walk the short nature trail. DETAILS »
Finger Lakes State Park
Lots of picnic places in this state park just north of Columbia. While you're there, rent a canoe, go for a hike or even a bike ride! DETAILS »
Pinnacles Youth Park
Picnic tables, a creek to play in and rocks to climb make the Pinnacles a great place for a picnic. DETAILS »
Stephens Lake Park
Everyone loves a trip to Stephens Lake Park and a picnic will make it even better. Hit up one of the 3 playgrounds, spray park, lake, paved trails or just enjoy the great scenery. DETAILS »
Enjoy the ponds, paths and beautiful gardens in this hidden gem right in the heart of Columbia. Bring your blankets, not many tables here! DETAILS »
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
This popular park has several great places for picnicking and everyone loves a walk on the boardwalk to explore the Devil's Icebox cave. DETAILS »
Les Bourgeois Vineyards
Pack a picnic or pick up some supplies at the A-Frame and enjoy the amazing view of the Missouri River from the blufftops! DETAILS »
Pine Ridge Recreation Area
This area has a nice picnic area in the shade of beautiful pine trees. Explore a new picnic spot just east of Ashland. DETAILS »
Mizzou has lots of fun spots to have a picnic and people watch! Whether you choose Peace Park, The Columns, Lowry Mall or your own fave spot - you're sure to have a good time! DETAILS »
No tables here but adventurers will love having lunch on top of the cliff, taking in the views and watching the rock climbers. If you feel like staying on lower ground, find a spot in the grass or near the creek and enjoy! DETAILS »
Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area (Cosmo Park)
With the biggest playground in town, every kid loves going to Cosmo. Plenty of shady picnic places make this park a mandatory spot at least once this summer! DETAILS »
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