Finding the right place to picnic is like finding five dollars in your pocket – it brings an unexpected happiness. Picking a good spot can make for a great day of enjoying nature and basking in life’s simplest pleasures. While there are plenty of parks and green spaces all around our communities, there are a few very special places that make for some great picnicking. To celebrate National Picnic Month, we’ve highlighted a few favorites across Michigan.

  • Belle Isle, Detroit: Who said you need to leave the city to find a great picnicking spot. Fill your basket with produce and goodies from Eastern Market and make the quick trip over the bridge.
  • Pier Cove Beach, Fennville: This hot spot offers a creek that flows into Lake Michigan which provides plenty of opportunity to get your feet wet. Kids and pets will love this location, but keep in mind there are no bathrooms available!
  • Stepping Stone Falls, Flint: Known as one of the most scenic locations in Mid-Michigan, the Stepping Stone Falls offers extensive picnic areas. Take a hike on one of the many trails and settle down for delicious lunch in the park.
  • Clinch Park, Traverse City: Take in the view of the beautiful boats and the magnificent Grand Traverse Bay all while enjoying a picnic in Clinch Park. If you forgot something, town is only a few steps away to pick up what you need.
  • Ocqueoc Falls, Ocqueoc: The largest waterfall in the Lower Peninsula is sure to not disappoint. Build up an appetite by taking a swim in the falls and setting up a picnic along the bank.
  • Isle Royale National Park, Isle Royale: For the real adventurous, the trek out to Isle Royale is worth it. Escape civilization completely on this rugged island and prepare for a breathtaking experience.

When going on a picnic, it is extremely important to remember food safety during the summer heat. Take the necessary measures to ensure you don’t spoil a great picnic with rotten food. Now get out there and enjoy National Picnic Month to its fullest extent.

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