Grab some friends, family, or someone you fancy, and head out to one of the many beautiful places to picnic in Buffalo Niagara.

by Max Fisher

Fancy picnics, PB&J and Lay’s picnics, BBQ picnics – whatever floats your boat, there is a perfect picnic place (say that 10x fast) for you in Buffalo Niagara

We See You Seeing Picnic

I know you want to go on a picnic. I understand, I’m being presumptuous—but I know you’ve been inside for a while, and deep down, I know you’re aching for an excuse to spend some time outside. So, why not check out some new places to picnic in Buffalo Niagara? There’s a accompanying list down below and you can be sure all the places provided in the area are bear-free, so you don’t have to worry about any top-hatted brown bear sstealing your picnic basket when you’re not looking.

Basically, with the beautiful early summer weather now in full swing, there isn’t any excuse not to plan your picnic excursion.

An Unsolicitated Yet Brief Philosophical Expounding of Picnics

What could be more mundane than a picnic? When I use that word, I refer to its secondary definition (don’t ever let it be said that I don’t do research for these things), which is “of this earthly world rather than a heavenly or spiritual one”. With that definition in mind, what can be more of this earthly world than essentially eating a meal on the earth? That’s one of the nice things about picnics, besides having the pleasure of interacting with your present company, assuming that you’re not going on picnics by yourself: you’re also having a one on one with nature while you munch.

And if there’s one thing nature does well, it’s munching.

Did you ever notice just how much stuff goes on when you’re sitting down eating at your picnic table or on the ground on your picnic blanket? Everything from a possible small colony of ants migrating to another place, you might see birds scavenging for food, or people walking their dogs. You can observe the small ripples in the water if you’re by a lake area, and you can watch the sunset if it’s dusk, among other things.

Urban picnicing at Larkin Square

In other words, having a picnic by default makes you a ground observer of all that’s going on with the people in your vicinity as well as the surrounding nature. It can be fun being an observer of so much in such a small place, almost like you’re keeping tabs on the goings-on of the jogger that passes, or the bird that keeps sweeping by, or that ever-encroaching sunset that’s about to appear.

But more important than potentially being nosey to unexpected people and critters is the fact that surrounding yourself around all these things really brings home the fact that we are all a part of an ever-changing ecosystem, which we don’t tend to acknowledge in everyday life. Yet when you check out these places to picnic in Buffalo Niagara and it’s right in front of you, one can’t help but notice.

Have You Ever Heard the Wolf Cry to the Blue Corn Moon?

It all comes down to being on the ground level and having the chance to see what goes on around us from day to day. I don’t care how perceptive you believe yourself to be. When you’re not on a picnic, I doubt you notice the wind gently wrestling the grass or seeing leaves fall right from the tree. This might seem rather absurd, but having a picnic is a holistic experience. You wouldn’t think of it as one right off the top of your head, but that’s truly what it is according to the definition of holistic, which is “relating to the idea that things should be studied as a whole and not just as a sum of their parts”, which in a nutshell is what you’re unconsciously doing during your picnic outing.

You’ve made yourself part of the whole just by eating outside.

Our ancestors in long-ago generations hunted and ate entirely outside. The circumstances they had to deal with couldn’t be considered a picnic literally or figuratively. Still, they undoubtedly had a greater connection to the earth and its inhabitants, and this was partially because they frequently ate outside.

Let’s be clear, going to the park for a picnic won’t instantly give you some flashback to your hunter-gatherer ancestors. However, it will give you an extremely mild version of what they had to deal with, and in an odd sort of way, that’s a good thing because it adds perspective and who doesn’t need more of that?

A picnic place with a view (of all of Buffalo Niagara): Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park

Let the Charcuterie Board Speak for Itself

OK, so I mentioned the loftier aspects of these great places to picnic in Buffalo Niagara, but what about the most apparent element—that it’s a great place to have a date. Nothing recharges romance like the outdoors and if you add food to this outdoors equation you got a sure-fire winner. All you have to do is bring the right items, some good wine, a salad or charcuterie board, and perhaps the most important, good conversation (it’s just the two of you out there, so you better be astute in the art of the convo or else you’re pretty much dead in the water).

If you have those three things in check, I promise you no matter who you take (it doesn’t matter if the person is a fan of the outdoors or not) you both will have a great time—trust me, I’ve been on the internet.

Hopefully, after reading this, you’ve realized that going on a picnic is a lot more than sitting down at a table or blanket and eating potato salad (although if that’s all you want to do, go right on ahead). Going on a picnic makes you a prime observer of nature in all its splendor, just by being outside enjoying your meal you’ve become part of the same ecosystem that you’re observing, which can lead to a bigger sense of connection with the earth. And if you’re not into the more “flower child” aspect and don’t own any tie-dye t-shirts, picnics are a great place for a date and to watch the sunset.

Whatever your reason for going on a picnic might be, you’re going to come away from it with a bit of a different perspective, whether you want to or not. That’s the power of the outdoors. It makes us face that we’re a part of a bigger whole. So, grab some friends or someone you fancy and head over to one of the many places to picnic in Buffalo Niagara.

If everything I’ve tried to convey has fallen on deaf ears, then at the very least, you have a reason to hang out outside.

Places to Picnic in Buffalo Niagara

choose any picnic spot to see location information, get directions, & more.
18 Mile Creek Park

Hamburg

Akron Falls Park

Akron

Amherst State Park

Amherst

Aqua Lane Park

Tonawanda

ArtPark

Lewiston

Bark Park

Buffalo

Beaver Island State Park

Grand Island

Billy Wilson Park

Williamsville

Bond Lake Park

Ransomville

Broderick Park

Buffalo

Buckhorn Island State Park

Grand Island

Buffalo Harbor State Park

Buffalo

Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservatory

Buffalo

Canalside

Buffalo

Cazenovia Park

Buffalo

Charles E. Burchfield Nature and Art Center

West Seneca

Cheektowaga Town Park

Cheektowaga

Chestnut Ridge Park

Orchard Park

Clarence Town Park

Clarence

Como Lake Park

Lancaster

Delaware Park

Buffalo

Devils Hole State Park

Niagara Falls

Dog Walking Island

Tonawanda

Ellicott Creek Park

Tonawanda

Frank Loyd Wright’s Martin House

Buffalo

Gateway Harbor

Tonawanda

Glen Park

Williamsville

Griffis Sculpture Park

East Otto

Hoyt Lake

Buffalo

Hyde Park

Niagara Falls

Island Park

Williamsville

Isleview Park

Tonawanda

Japanese Garden

Buffalo

Knox Farm State Park

East Aurora

Larkin Square

Buffalo

Lasalle Waterfront Park

Niagara Falls

Lockport Locks District

Lockport

Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

Buffalo

Mutual Riverfront Park

Buffalo

Niagara Falls State Park

Niagara Falls

Niawanda Park

Tonawanda

Olcott Beach

Olcott

Raymond Klimek Veterans Park

North Tonawanda

Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Reserve

Buffalo

Shoshone Park

Buffalo

Stiglmeier Park

Cheektowaga

The Buffalo Zoo

Buffalo

Theater Of Youth

Buffalo

Tifft Nature Preserve

Buffalo

Tow Path Park

Buffalo

Veterans Memorial Park

Tonawanda

West Canal Park And Marina

North Tonawanda

Whirlpool State Park

Niagara Falls

Wide Waters Marina

Lockport

Wilkeson Pointe

Buffalo

Woodlawn Beach State Park

Blasdell

What do you think of our list of place to picnic in Buffalo Niagara? Have a favorite spot that we missed? Any funny tales of picnics gone awry? Let us know.

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