by Jamie Dinardi-Dill

It’s officially picnic season! We rounded up all the tips, tricks and perfect destination to help you set up your picture-perfect picnic.

First, grab a large picnic basket and place a couple of frozen water bottles in the bottom to keep all your food and drinks chilled until you’re ready to enjoy. Now layer your picnic basket with all your favorite foods, placing the heaviest items on the bottom. You can find our pick for a simple and delicious picnic lunch below, and don’t forget to pick up some sweets for dessert! And glam up your picnic set up with a simple floral arrangement. Finally, we picked the best space -with plenty of activities- so you can make the most of your day.

Make sure you have any necessary outdoor plates, utensils and napkins packed and a garbage bag for an easy clean up. Last, don’t forget sunscreen, insect repellent and be sure to pack plenty of water so you’re ready to spend a fun-filled day under the sun and surrounded by nature! You can wrap fragile items in an oversized blanket, perfect for transporting your bottles of sparkling water or any glass items, and then your picnic blanket is packed and ready to go.

Here are the top 4 things for your picture-perfect picnic lunch:


What’s a picnic without the yummy food and drinks to enjoy? We included our favorite lunch destinations where you can pick up a casual and delicious lunch. Keep it simple and have everything prepared “to-go” with all necessary utensils so you have everything you need when it’s time to eat.

1. Reading Terminal Market (Happening List Winner)

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107


Sun – Sat 8am-6pm

Consider Reading Terminal Market for your one stop shop for all of your picnic needs! They host a variety of merchants daily and you can find all of your favorite different types of cuisines, bakeries, produce, meats and cheeses and much more.

Lunch: By George

At By George, you can find all of your favorite Italian specialties such as pizza, strombolis, pasta and hot and cold sandwiches.

Photo Credit: By George

2. Sweets: Beilers Donuts and Salads

Head over to Beilers Doughnuts to grab a box of homemade doughnuts, made fresh and daily on location.

Photo Credit: Beilers Donuts and Salads

3. Florals: Market Blooms


Finally, browse the fresh blooms at Market Blooms where they source their flowers from around the world in addition to homegrown at their own farm.

4. The Perfect Location: Franklin Square Park

200 N 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Sun – Sat 10am-9pm

Franklin Square Park prides themselves on being “Center City’s favorite playtime oasis” and we agree! It is the ideal scenic location for a city picnic with it’s beautiful 100-year-old fountain, carousel, playground and mini golf course. Be sure to check their social media for updates on special events so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco courtesy of Historic Philadelphia, Inc.


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