With the hot weather, spending more time outdoors may be the last thing you want to do. But what’s better than eating outside, finding a shady spot, and tiring those little ones out before bedtime? Although these aren’t the only places you can find in Austin, these extra special picnic spots are sure to make you want to head outdoors. Pick up some tacos on the way, pack the snacks, and make sure to stay hydrated at our favorite picnic spots. And remember, breakfast picnics are a great way to beat the heat!

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Zilker Metropolitan Park | 2207 Lou Neff Road

Ask any Austinite, Zilker is sure to be one of their favorite spots. When they aren’t hosting events and festivals, you can find people spread out and relaxing all over the lawn or playing games in the sun. And, sure to be a hit for your youngest friends, Zilker is full of dogs enjoying picnic time as well!

Auditorium Shores | 900 W Riverside Drive

Known in our house as “the biiiig playground,” Auditorium Shores is a perfect place to have a picnic. With beautiful views of downtown and close to a playground and splash park, Auditorium Shores is a great place to spread out your picnic blanket and take a break.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center | 4801 La Crosse Ave

Want to be surrounded by native plants and flowers? Head over to the Wildflower Center! With areas to sit and eat, play at the playground, take a long walk, or learn about the plants around you, you are sure to want to return again and again. Come for a picnic or enjoy the myriad of events they put on throughout the year.

Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve | 3505 W 35th St

Want to try something new? Head over to Mayfield park and have a picnic among peacocks and koi. The peacocks have free reign, although if you head over too early you may find them all sleeping in the trees. Want to walk a little more? Head down the trail and then come down to the picnic tables for a shady snack. A favorite in our house, and one we return to over and over. Who knew peacocks could be so exciting?

Mueller Lake Park | 4550 Mueller Lake Blvd

A lovely lake close to lots of action, Mueller Lake park is a wonderful place to take the kids during the week or with the whole family on the weekend. Go on a Sunday and buy your picnic supplies at the farmer’s market, take a quick splash at the splash pad, then head over to the lake and enjoy your goods.

Where are your favorite spots? Sound off in the comments!

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