Austin’s best picnic spots
Whether you relax on a blanket, sit at a picnic table, or snag a spot overlooking a scenic view, food seems to taste better outside. Picnics are a great way to slow down and savor Mother Nature’s gifts. Luckily, Austin has plenty of perfect spots for dining outside. These are a few of our favorites.
HOPE Outdoor Gallery
HOPE Outdoor Gallery, also known as Castle Hill, is a three-story public graffiti art mecca located at 11th and Baylor Streets. Colorful drawings and elaborate murals cover every surface on the hillside, so there’s plenty of interesting art to feast your eyes on while you feast on your picnic.
Red Bud Isle
This is one of our favorites because it’s off-leash dog friendly and conveniently located off Lake Austin Blvd. This 13-acre island is one giant exploration ground with hiking trails, spacious waterfront picnic areas, and lovely scenery.
Austin’s cherished Zilker Park offers something for every type of picnic-goer. Feeling adventurous? Enjoy your picnic on Lady Bird Lake atop a paddleboard or in a kayak. In the mood to relax? Snag a spot on the grassy lawn or a park bench with sweeping city views in the background. Looking for a place to cool off from the hot Texas sun? Have your picnic at Barton Springs and take a dip in the 68-degree natural spring water afterwards.
This is arguably one of the best views in town, and a perfect spot for a romantic picnic. With four secluded and private picnic areas, Mount Bonnell is a stellar place to dine al fresco.
Texas State Capitol
The grounds of the Texas State Capitol provide a gorgeous spot for a picnic. The beautiful green, manicured lawn has lots of shady trees, providing great spots to relax and enjoy time outdoors. And as a bonus, you could take a free tour of the Capitol building before or after your picnic and soak up some knowledge about Texas history.