You have the kids loaded into the car. You have the picnic basket packed with egg salad for sandwiches, hot buns, fresh fruit, and raspberry iced tea. You have a cooler full of ice to keep your ice cream cold, and you have the entire day ahead of you. Now, where do you go? Here are 5 of the best picnic spots in the Phoenix Valley to choose from!
Dreamy Draw Recreation Area
Dreamy Draw at Piestewa Peak earns its name. This is a beautiful park with tons of hiking opportunities for people of all ages, kids included. The recreation areas have gondolas, playgrounds, and bathrooms. The scenery is beautiful, and even on a busy day, once you’re in the park, it never feels crowded. Bring the family dog, but don’t forget the leash.
Mountain Vista Park
Mountain Vista Park is best known for its huge play-splash. What’s also worthy of mention is it’s cleanliness, especially in the bathrooms and picnic areas. Lighted sports areas, including a sand volleyball court, add to the attraction for evening summer picnics. This is a great picnic spot for families that have members with accessibility issues.
Tempe Beach Park
Tempe Beach Park has the distinction of being one of Phoenix’s oldest man-made parks. Located on the south shore of Tempe Town Lake, it has everything the typical family could need in a picnic spot. Bathrooms, playgrounds, splashes, grills, and beautiful quiet views are just a few of the amenities. Add in fishing (license required), and hiking trails, and you have a great place to take the family for a fun afternoon picnic!
White Tanks (Area 4)
The White Tanks Regional Parks have a lot of great places to go for a picnic, but my family found Area 4 to be the best balance of fun and quiet. Everything here has a gondola over it, even the playground. The bathrooms are clean and accessible, and there’s running water from a hose riser between the paved parking lot and the cement sports pad. Eight picnic tables frame in the area with two large grills and overhead electrical outlets. Kid friendly hiking trails are just a few steps away.
Surprise Community Park
Community Park in Surprise sits in the heart of town, around an urban fishing pond. They have covered picnic tables with grills, bathrooms, sand volleyball courts, and a fantastic playground. There are also lots of grassy areas to spread blankets and the entire park is accessible via a network of universal walkways. All of the fun is just steps away from the Surprise Aquatic Center, making it a great idea to pack a basket and dry out over picnic goodies after a day in the water.