Best Spots to Picnic in the Twin Cities

It’s time to pack up a picnic basket and enjoy the nice weather in Minnesota. The Editor of Edina Magazine, Angela Johnson, and her team compiled a list of the best Twin Cities parks for having a picnic, along with nearby spots where you pick up food to-go.

Carver Lake Park
3175 Century Avenue South
Includes a swimming beach, boardwalk, playground, archery range and off-road cycling. Picnic areas and open-air shelters are available.

Pack your basket with food from Kowalski’s in Woodbury
8505 Valley Creek Road
Box lunches range from $10.95-12.95 with gluten-free options available.


Centennial Lakes Park
7499 France Avenue South
Includes paddleboat rentals, putting green, croquet and lawn bowling. Plus, an amphitheater hosts concerts throughout the summer. And Centennial Lakes hosts Farmers’ Markets during the year.

Pack your basket with food from D’Amico and Sons in Edina
3948 West 50th Street
Box lunches range from $10.95-13.59. Food can be ordered in famiglia (family) sizes if you’re looking to feed a crowd.

Saint Paul

Highland Park
1200 Montreal Avenue
Includes a water tower with a great view, 9 and 18 hole golf courses, two playgrounds, horseshoe pit and disc golf

Pack your basket with food from Bread and Chocolate
867 Grand Avenue
Box lunches are $7.50 if you pick them up. They deliver, too.

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