Guide to Summer, Part 2: The Country’s Best Picnic Spots

Summer is in full swing, and it’s got us doing our best to spend as much time as we can outside and enjoy it while it lasts. To help you make the most of the season, we’ve teamed up with Victoria lager to present a Guide to Summer, a four-part series presenting some of the best outdoor spots, events, and ideas in the country. In this installment, we take a look at some of the nation’s best picnic locales, from a California vineyard to an island in the Detroit River. Check it out and let us know what we missed. Then be sure to catch our other Guide to Summer posts on outdoor music venues, film series, and themed BBQ ideas.

Governors Island, NYC

A ten-minute free ferry ride away from the Southern tip of Manhattan, Governors Island is the perfect spot to escape the clamor of the city. The Island has changed hands from the Native Americans to the Dutch to the English, and finally to the US, with a history that saw it house everyone from Confederate prisoners to the Coast Guard, but it’s only within the last decade that it opened to the public through the National Park service. Numerous events take place here throughout the summer, including concerts, festivals, art exhibits, and sports, but it’s also a great place to spend the day biking, lounging, exploring, and taking in the sun.

Click through the links below to continue exploring our top picnic spots.