Are you looking for an excuse to go outside? Maybe you’re trying to impress that special someone but are on a tight budget? I highly recommend going on a picnic in Tacoma.
Where to go…
Owen Beach at Point Defiance
If you’ve never been to Owen Beach, you’re in for a treat. The beach has a beautiful vista of the Sound and such amenities as picnic tables, shelters, and grills. You can even rent your very own kayak for some post-picnic fun. If you don’t have time to pack your own picnic, stop at the Antique Sandwich Company for some gourmet sandwiches to go.
Reconciliation Park in Old Town
I love to go for picnics at Reconciliation Park in Old Town. There are tables with lovely views of the waterfront. The newly renovated park also has trails that focus on making peace with Tacoma’s dark history of racism against the Chinese.
Wapato Park in South Tacoma
Wapato Park has plenty of picnic tables, grills and trails that will meet all your picnicking needs. There is a tranquil view of the lake and play structures for the kids. However, beware of aggressive squirrels that will try to steal your food! There is also currently some construction at the park.
Wright Park in the Stadium Neighborhood
Wright Park is a perfect place for a picnic. Amenities include tables, grills, playgrounds, spray grounds, a basketball court, and greenhouse. I like to sit on a blanket under one of the many enormous trees and people watch. I recommend getting some soup and bread to go from Infinite Soups, which is within walking distance of the park.
What to bring…
- A picnic basket or if you’re really enthusiastic, a picnic backpack from REI
- Blanket or tablecloth
- Plates, silverware, cutting board, knife
- Main course: I like to pack a baguette with some brie and a tomato
- Fruit: Strawberries are romantic if you’re trying to impress
- Dessert: Brownies pack well and are always delicious
- Drink: Lemonade or Italian soda in a mason jar with plenty of ice
What are your picnicking suggestions?