Best Spots for a Summer Picnic

Emily Vanek - Denver
July 10, 2012

There are many parks and playspaces around Denver that are perfect for a summer picnic with the kids and family. We've put together a list of our top five in and around the metro area for you. Since we've done the research, all you have to do is pick your favorite and pack a basket. Don't forget your sunscreen, though. This summer is a hot one! 

Belleview Park 

Belleview Park in Littleton is definitely a favorite amongst families with small children. More than just a playground, at Belleview Park you can enjoy a ride on the Miniature Train, play by the creek, ride your bikes along the bike paths, visit the barnyard, and cool off with some concessions sold at the farm. 

The miniature train has run in Belleview Park for over 30 years and runs every summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The barnyard petting zoo has cows, pigs, goats, chickens, and sheep just to name a few. The farm also features Buttercup, a life-size fiberglass milking cow. Please note the farm and train are closed on Mondays so plan your trip accordingly.

Pirate's Cove 

Head right next door to check out Pirate's Cove, a splash park and pool. Pirates Cove offers a leisure pool with a large play structure with dump bucket, a 25-meter, six-lane pool, a 35-foot slide tower with three slides, a lazy river, sand play area and spray garden. You can bring your picnic right into the pool! Well, not IN the pool, then your sandwiches will get wet and no one wants that.

Pirates Cove has something for everyone. There is a regular swim pool with lanes and slides on one end for the bigger kids and for smaller ones, a zero-degree entry pool with aqua jungle gym, dump bucket and small slides is a great place to start. Then take a ride on the lazy river. Or play in the sand area or spray garden.

Berry Patch Farms

Want to pick fresh fruit and veggies for your picnic? Head to Berry Patch Farms in Brighton—now certified organic by the USDA. Pick berries, carrots, onions, peaches and much, much more. You don't pay a fee, simply pay per pound of the produce you have picked. They have benches and picnic tables, but watch out, their infamous pig, may come over to see what you are eating. There are chickens there to look at as well, just make sure you don't try to chase or catch one as they aren't on the menu. 

City Park 

City Park in Denver is another great place for a picnic. Besides having the zoo and museum right there to visit, there is a splash park, multiple playgrounds and much more. As one of the largest and most notable parks in the Denver area, you are sure to find some fun. Why not head over to the duck pond, go out on paddle boats or bike on their many paths? After all the fun, find a shady spot under a tree and enjoy your picnic. 

Highlands Ranch

One last great park is in Highlands Ranch, south of Denver. Redstone Park is home to a fishing pier, gazebo and pumphouse Shelters that would be perfect for a picnic. There is also a skate park for the older kids and a playground for everyone. A dog park, pond and tennis courts make this one fun for the entire family. They even have larger shelters to host whole family gatherings! 

These are just a few of the parks we love for picnic season. Do you have a favorite park you enjoy? Please share below!    

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