601 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816
McKinley Park is Sacramento’s most cherished park. Located in the heart of mid-town, this park is a beautiful and scenic landscape in the middle of one of Sacramento’s charming neighborhoods. McKinley Park offers visitors a wide range of options including a cool playground for kids, swimming pool, large grass areas for sports, basketball courts and the famed Rose Garden. Additionally, those looking to have a picnic at this park have some options as well. There are plenty of shaded areas underneath large trees, spots near the garden and even some spots near the revamped pond area.
3800 W. Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95822
William Land Park is a wonderful area for families. In addition to large open areas, visitors can head over to the Sacramento Zoo or Fairytale town. This park is 166.5 acres in size and is filled with many amenities like basketball courts, barbeques, a golf course, amphitheater, rock garden, softball fields, wading pool and more. William Land Park is also a desirable place for picnicking as there are beautiful green landscapes, a large pond with fountains, a second pond and gardens.
6700 Tarshes Drive
Carmichael, CA 95609
Ancil Hoffman Park is located in Carmichael, which is roughly 15 to 20 minutes away from the heart of downtown Sacramento. This park is loaded with amenities and beautiful scenery. In addition to its renowned golf course, there’s the famed Effie Yeaw Nature Center, trails to hike on and plenty of wildlife to see. Picnicking at this park is on a first served basis. However, the adventurous visitors may find more remote locations including down by the American River.
5211 Carlson Drive
Sacramento, CA 95819
Paradise Beach is located along the river near California State University of Sacramento. This park doesn’t have the amenities like other parks on this list. In fact, you have to go over to nearby Glenn Hall Park for those traditional amenities. However, this park does offer plenty of scenic spots for picnics along the American River. This place is a popular swimming spot and along the well-known bike trail.
1000 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA 95833
Discovery Park is located right near downtown Sacramento, where the American River and the Sacramento River meet. It’s a popular location to launch boats onto the rivers. This park is the starting point for the awesome 32-mile long Jedediah Smith Memorial bike trail which takes you all the way to Folsom Lake. It’s also a great place for fishing, beautiful sunsets on the rivers, has an archery range and plenty of sporting areas. Discovery Park is a premiere place for picnicking as the river and lush green acreage make for the ideal picnic scenery.