Did you know that June 18th is International Picnic Day? Picnicking dates back to the end of the Victorian era and now June 18th celebrates gathering together outdoors to eat and enjoy each other’s company. If you’re a resident of Waypoint Apartments, there are tons of great picnic destinations nearby. Let’s take a closer look at the parks around Hampton Roads!
The Best Parks Around Hampton Roads
Bluebird Gap Farm
Bluebird Gap is known for bringing country living to the city. Encompassing sixty acres, the farm is home to an iconic windmill and more than 150 domestic and wild animals. You’ll also discover an old barn that’s full of antiques and have access to the property’s wide array of picnic tables and grills.
Waller Mill Park
Spanning nearly three thousand acres, Waller Mill Park is a scenic destination that features a 360-acre lake. Mature trees surround the picnic area, and after your meal, you can enjoy an array of activities such as disc golf, kayaking, and fishing.
Found at the base of the James River Bridge, Huntington Park is home to both the Virginia War Museum and a Vietnam Memorial that honors those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. It’s open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and also features the longest fishing pier on the East Coast. Enjoy your picnic on the beach or at one of the shelters situated on the bluff. Note that the shelters must be reserved in advance.
Windsor Castle Park
Nestled in the heart of downtown Smithfield, Windsor Castle Park is a 208-acre property that sits along the banks of Cypress Creek and the Pagan River. It was once part of a 1,450-acre parcel planted in 1637, and it overlooks a historic manor house. The picnic spot is on a grassy hill and is complete with tables, hardwood trees, and expertly crafted brick charcoal barbecue grills. Usage is on a first come basis, and Windsor also offers other activities such as hiking and mountain biking.
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