Now that the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the temperatures are warming up, your thoughts are turning to how soon you can plan a Spring picnic here in Houston. If you’re like us at Proguard, there’s nothing more fun than packing your favorite delicacies, spreading out the blanket on some lush green grass, and chowing down with family and friends. Since the past year has been so tough with the pandemic, we thought we’d do our part by helping you take your picnic to the next level. If you’re ready to do so, here are our tips for stepping up your picnic game in Houston.
Whether you have an intimate picnic with your significant other that features wine and cheese or instead pack some sandwiches and chips while bringing the kids and maybe even the dogs along for the day, Memorial Park is an outstanding spot in Houston for your next picnic. Filled with well-maintained hiking paths, bike trails, playgrounds, and more, it’s a great spot for a family outing. After your meal is finished, you can even tour the park’s arboretum for free, where you can observe many of the state’s most unique plants and wildlife.
If you want to combine your picnic with some local entertainment, claim a spot of greenspace in downtown’s Discovery Green, then sit back and enjoy the next few hours. While you’re eating, you’ll have the chance to watch a movie or listen to some live music. If this sounds like fun, make sure you scout out a location up on the park’s hill, since this gives you a bit more privacy and a great view of the activities.
Should you be looking for a picnic spot that will give you and your family plenty of fun activities to engage in before and after your meal, give Hermann Park a try. Whether you’ve dined on PB&J sandwiches or instead brought along a gourmet meal for your dining pleasure, your food will taste even better when combined with many of the park’s activities. Along with playgrounds, you and the gang can also visit the Japanese garden, reflection pool, zoo, museums, and even ride around on the park’s train. If you’re really up for adventure, rent a boat and work off some calories by pedaling your way around McGovern Lake.
Buffalo Bayou Park
If you are a fan of the Buffalo Bayou area as we are here at Proguard, you just can’t go wrong by planning a picnic at Buffalo Bayou Park. One of the city’s biggest parks, it has been recently renovated and is better than ever. If you love having your dog with you on your outing, we highly recommend this park for its incredible dog park that features separate areas for large and small dogs. As for where in the park to have your picnic, we recommend the Barbara Fish Daniel Nature Play Area and Picnic Pavilion, which has tons of picnic space and exquisite natural surroundings.
For those of you who want to eat your sandwiches while discussing the finer points of modern art, we think you’ll love spending time at Menil Park. Featuring what is thought to be the largest collection of free art here in Houston, your special someone will definitely look at you differently when you choose this location for your picnic. Once you’ve found the perfect spot to spread out your blanket, you can look around you at the many stunning sculptures and other works of art, having a discussion about the meaning of life as you crunch your chips.
Elizabeth Baldwin Park
A classic picnic spot in Houston since 1910, Elizabeth Baldwin Park is perfect if you want to experience a picnic the old-fashioned way. Featuring huge oak trees that offer plenty of shade from Houston’s hot temperatures, the trees form an archway over the park’s granite paths, making for an awe-inspiring scene. If you like, you can either spread a blanket out on the lawn or instead sit at one of the park’s many picnic tables, some of which are located near stunning fountains. Located in Midtown, this is one picnic location you’ll likely return to time and time again.
Now that you know how to have a great picnic here in Houston, make sure you stop by your nearest Proguard location today to get your picnic baskets, lounge chairs, and other supplies out of storage and ready to be put to excellent use this Spring.