July 4th 2017: Perfect spots for your picnic


At lunch on a recent workday, I had the need to nosh outside in the fresh air. With my delicious salad from Aioli in hand, I headed out to one of my favorite picnic spots in West Palm (pictured above). Can you guess the location? Here’s a hint: The backdrop of the Intracoastal makes for a perfect lunch companion.

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Give up? It’s George S. Petty Park. (You can look it up. Take your time.)

And speaking of eating outside, July 4th is almost upon us. Time to head outside and find a nice relaxing spot for a picnic. You deserve it! We all deserve it.

Aside from the well-know public parks, here are some spots we recommend.

KELSEY PARK

The park has great palms for nice shade and small hills to recline on. Plus a nice playground for the kiddies to enjoy after a bite to eat. Located along the Intracoastal, the view of the water makes for a relaxing spot.

Kelsey Park: 601 Federal Hwy., Lake Park


BICENTENNIAL PARK

This spot is tucked into the east side of the Lantana bridge and across the street from the popular waterfront restaurant, The Old Key Lime House. There’s a small playground and a few picnic tables. When your picnic is done, watch the fishing boats come in and see folks cleaning their fish or feeding the hungry pelicans on the sea wall.

Bicentennial Park: 312 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana


MOUNTS BOTANICAL GARDEN

For a small fee (suggested donation is $5) sit among the beautiful gardens at Mounts. It won’t be hard to find your perfect picnic spot in the fourteen lush rolling acres, which feature flowering trees, palms and lots of exotic plants.

Mounts Botanical: 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach 


For more suggestions, check out these guides:

Top 10 public parks in Palm Beach County

Best public gardens in Palm Beach County


What about the food?

Here’s one idea for packing a tasty picnic without any work:

Pistache, the popular French bistro in downtown West Palm Beach is now offering a unique picnic option. Their takeout package includes a variety of specialties such as Lentil Salad, Salmon Tartare, Tuna Crudo and much more. Packages start at $55 and include a picnic basket, tablecloth, plates and napkins.

Do you have a favorite picnic spot? Let us know in the comments below. Enjoy your holiday weekend!


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