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PICNIC LOCATIONS
RALEIGH'S BEST PICNIC LOCATIONS

We can host picnics at a variety of locations, but our favorites have to be at one of the many public parks and gardens in Wake County.  From rustic to formal, we can plan your picnic to set just the right tone for your event.  Most public parks are open from dawn to dusk and quite a few a free for picnics.  Some locations do require a rental fee or small donation.

If you are interested in a location not listed, or would like to host your picnic on your own property, we would be happy to discuss those options with you!  Having your picnic on your own property opens the doors wide to nighttime picnics (as well as easy access to facilities!)  We will still do all the work, and you get to enjoy the rest of your evening with your loved ones.

LAKE BENSON/WHITE DEER PARK

This 64-acre park includes large open space areas, 1.8 miles of paved and unpaved trails, two playgrounds and a dog park. In warm weather, fishing and boat rentals are also available at the Lake Benson Boathouse, which is open seasonally for boating and fishing.
*Alcohol consumption and possession are prohibited on Town of Garner property.

A popular location for any type of picnic with wide open lawns as well as trees & shade.  Access to easy walking trails and playgrounds. Public toilets are a 5 minute walk away.

72 hours notice is required to book this location.

MINI ACRES FARM

After hearing several of their blueberry customers say that the farm would be the perfect location for a party or wedding, they decided to go for it! If your dream event includes a wooden outdoor pavilion, adjacent field, a stable with access to miniature donkeys and pygmy goats, a pond with a fountain all located on a blueberry farm, we would love to turn your dream into reality.  This is our preferred location for after-dark picnics.

This small female-run business is a Preferred Venue! There is an additional $60 rental fee to picnic at Mini Acres Farm.  Public toilets are on location.  

72 hours notice is required to book this location.

HISTORIC OAKWOOD CEMETERY

Drive through the stone gate and deep into Oakwood Cemetery to find open fields and wooded areas to picnic. The historic cemetery is filled with magnificent magnolia and oak trees that will lend you some shade as well as pink star azaleas that are currently in bloom. Oakwood Cemetery and the surrounding neighborhood is incredibly peaceful, especially in the springtime, and is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll.

Historic Oakwood Cemetery is a Preferred Venue!  As this is a working cemetery, please be quiet and respectful.  

72 hours notice is required to book this location.

NC MUSEUM OF ART

Head to the NCMA for an afternoon in the sunshine, surrounded by art and nature. Walk through Thomas Syre’s Gyre, rings of red North Carolina clay erupting from the earth, or spend a few minutes in the Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky, off a walking path just in the woods.

 

*Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited

The NC Museum of Art and Ann & Jim Goodnight Park is a Preferred Venue!  Public toilets are on location.

72 hours notice is required to book this location.

RALEIGH ROSE GARDEN

Listed as a Unique Venue with the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh Rose Garden offers a year-round display of roses, trees, and perennials.  One of 3 accredited rose gardens in NC, the grounds include varieties of hybrid teas, floribundas, grandifloras, miniatures, and antique roses, surrounded by evergreen and deciduous trees. The roses are typically in bloom between Mother’s Day and around mid-November.

The Raleigh Rose Garden is a Preferred Venue!  Public toilets are on location.

72 hours notice is required to book this location.

DOROTHEA DIX PARK

Does your partner love sunflowers? Then have a picnic at Dorothea Dix Park. Dorothea Dix Park has a wide variety and options of picnic spots for you to choose from. A crowd favorite is a hilly area near a flower cottage because it has a great view of the Raleigh skyline.

*To enjoy alcohol, an additional $100 permit is required.

There is an additional $70 rental fee to picnic at Dix Park.  Public toilets are on location.

72 hours notice is required to book this location.  

PULLEN PARK GAZEBO

While there are many exciting amusements at Pullen Park for people of all ages from the carousel to the train to paddle boat rides, sometimes a peaceful picnic at the park can be even more fulfilling. The beautiful Island Gazebo is available to rent for an additional $60.

*Alcohol is not permitted at any shelter.

There is an additional $60 rental fee to picnic at the Gazebo at Pullen Park.  Public toilets are on location.

2 weeks notice is required to book this location.  

HISTORIC OAKVIEW COUNTY PARK

Not only is Oak View County park one of the go-to top picnic Spots in Raleigh, but it is also a historic landmark. This 27-acre park with it's signature white barn is the picture-perfect spot for your picnic. It's also home to animals like chickens and goats that you can pet and feed. They have a grove of pecan trees open for public picking in the fall and a nice lake for fishing.

*Alcoholic beverages and amplified music are prohibited.

Public toilets are on location.

72 hours notice is required to book this location.

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