The South's Best Picnic Spots
Six spots worth the detour to stop and spread a blanket
- Friendship Fountain, Jacksonville, FL
- The 10-story spewing fountain got a $3.1 million makeover last year. Secure a permit through the city ($35; requires 15 days notice).
- Railroad Park, Birmingham, AL
- Picnic for free or reserve under the pavilion (from $50) in this new, urban green space, surrounded by railroad tracks and brick-faced factory lofts.
- Savannah Squares, Savannah, GA
- Cherry-pick from the 21 historic squares, including the "crown jewels" along Bull Street. They're open to the public, but a $250-$400 permit lets you claim one as your own for the day.
- Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington, NC
- Celebrate with a spread on the teak deck of a WWII battleship. Day rates start at $150.
- Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV
- Reserve terrace space (from $300) or snag a patch of grass at this 1902 Greek Revival concert hall. Time your visit for the Thursday evening summer concert series.
- Jefferson National Expansion Park, St. Louis, MO
- The park spans 91 acres anchored by the Gateway Arch. To avoid the biggest crowds, go after midday.