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5 Ways to Celebrate National Picnic Day in Philadelphia

Celebrate National Picnic Day in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 23rd with these five perfect picnic ideas! From Rittenhouse Square to Liberty Lands Park, there are plenty of great locations to enjoy the sunshine and good food from nearby restaurants.

Rittenhouse Square – AKA Rittenhouse Square/ a.kitchen

This month, AKA Rittenhouse Square has partnered with a.kitchen to offer the Picnic in the Park package. Guests can enjoy a delicious picnic lunch for two, carefully packed in an AKA picnic basket and taken across the street to Rittenhouse Square. The package includes spacious accommodations, a fresh bouquet of spring florals in-suite, a catered picnic from a.kitchen + bar, and a keepsake AKA blanket.

Liberty Lands Park – Love & Honey Fried Chicken

Head to Liberty Lands Park with your favorite mix of sandwiches, tenders, and tots from Love & Honey Fried Chicken, a cult-favorite, takeout-only chicken shop in Northern Liberties. Be sure to try the scratch-made buttermilk biscuit sandwich, The Biscuit Jawn, with honey butter, pimento cheese spread, hot pepper jelly, and Nashville Hot Chicken.

Washington Square Park – Talula’s Daily

Located along Philadelphia’s quaint Washington Square Park, Talula’s Daily is a café and gourmet grab-and-go market perfect for sourcing items for a delicious picnic. They offer some of the best cheese boards in the city, with options ranging from a personal picnic cheese board to a medium board for sharing. Don’t forget to supplement with additional food and drink available from their gourmet café and grab-and-go service.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway – Reflections Café at the Barnes Foundation

Grab lunch and small bites from this relaxing spot at the Barnes Foundation’s Annenberg Court. Reflections Café offers freshly made seasonal salads, sandwiches, desserts, and assorted beverages including wine and craft beer. Please note alcoholic beverages cannot be taken off premises.

Grounds for Sculpture – Rat’s Restaurant

Take a short drive to Hamilton, NJ, and enjoy a beautiful day outside at Grounds for Sculpture, NJ’s premier art exhibit and garden. Rat’s Restaurant offers a Picnic in the Park package for the entire spring and summer season, featuring ambient lunch options for two, complete with food, wine, tumblers, flatware, and napkins. Menu options include a Mediterranean Dip Duo, Tapas Sampler, Baked Ham & Brie Sandwich, Sweet Potato Wrap, Asian Chicken Salad, Vegan Chicken Cutlet Sandwich, Vegan Lentil Salad, and more, with a choice of red, white, rose, or sparkling wine.

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