There’s nothing quite like a family picnic when you’re looking for a way to enjoy time outdoors while bonding. You can pack a meal to enjoy with your kids, find the perfect place in the shade, and relax and eat while taking in the view. Where can you go for a picnic site close to Cedar Park, TX? Crème de la Crème of Cedar Park has you covered. We’ve rounded up some of our area’s favorite places to take the guesswork out of your picnic plans.
Brushy Creek Regional Trail and Parks
Explore the Brushy Creek Regional Trail system if you want to spend time outdoors with the family close to home. You’ll encounter a variety of spots ideal for picnics along the way, so no matter how much activity you want, the perfect place is waiting for you. If your family is into biking, start at the Twin Lakes Family YMCA and bike along the 7-mile trail until you find the spot where you want to picnic.
Brushy Creek Sports Park
Brushy Creek Sports Park offers a few picnic tables to make it easy to settle in with your family for a meal outdoors. A playground means younger kids will have ways to stay entertained, and you’ll want to get in some disc golf or a game on the basketball court if you’re all feeling energized after your picnic meal.
- Location: 2310 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park.
Brushy Creek Lake Park
If you keep heading down the trail, you’ll get to Brushy Creek Lake Park. This scenic, 90-acre park boasts a range of active recreational opportunities, not to mention an abundance of natural resources to explore. A gorgeous 38-acre lake provides the backdrop to your family’s picnic, so set up at one of the shaded picnic pavilions along the shore and enjoy the relaxation and family time having a picnic close to home allows.
While you’re at it, you can get in some bird watching, take a walk along the nature trail, or let the kids burn off some energy on the playground or water playscape. Even if you’re not into hiking, this Cedar Park spot is worth the quick drive when planning a picnic. The picturesque location is a dream when you’re in the mood for picnicking with the kids.
- Location: 3300 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park.
If you are into hiking, continue your walk on the trail until you get to Champion Park. Part of the Williamson County Regional Trail system, this park connects with the Brushy Creek Regional Trail and has it all for a day outdoors with the kids in tow.
Not only will you get to set up your meal at a large covered picnic pavilion or one of the other covered and uncovered picnic tables at the park, but you’ll also treat your kids to fun activities thanks to the playscape, swings, and boulders designed for climbing. The highlight is the covered children’s play area with castings of dinosaur bones your kids can dig for in the sand. How about a picnic followed by some hands-on paleontology? Count us in.
- Location: 3830 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park.
Cedar Park Recreation Center and Sculpture Garden
You’ll find the beautiful Cedar Park Sculpture Garden on the lawn across from the Recreation Center, making this an ideal picnic spot for families local to Cedar Park. You can examine the artwork before enjoying your picnic. The garden exhibits sculptures on an annual rotating display, with most of the sculptures on loan from artists. Some sculptures are also part of the City of Cedar Park’s permanent art collection. The area also boasts a lakeside walking trail. You can continue along the trail through a bridge-tunnel and come across a great picnic spot under the oak trees.
- Location: 1435 Main St., Cedar Park.
Devine Lake Park
Devine Lake Park, located within a 10- to 15-minute drive from Cedar Park in Leander, offers another opportunity for a picnic close to home. You can rent a group pavilion or head out to the picnic area, and you’ll be in for a treat. With barbecue grills also available, this park makes planning the perfect outing a breeze.
The 45.5-acre park includes open spaces for all types of recreation, and if you’re hoping for a day on the water, you’ll appreciate the lake. Your family can ride in a non-motorized boat, go fishing, or sit back, relax, and observe the wildlife.
- Location: 1807 Waterfall Drive, Leander.
You can still get in some time outdoors even on super-hot summer days. Picnic and pool time make the perfect combination. Enter Milburn Park, a Cedar Park spot with everything you need for a fun day outdoors. In addition to swimming, you can play basketball, soccer, or sand volleyball, or stroll along the loop track.
As for the picnic opportunities, a large shaded pavilion with grills has you covered. You’ll also find picnic tables in the shade under the oaks by the playground. Then take a dip in Elizabeth Milburn Pool, a public pool with a large slide and kid-friendly water playground.
- Location: 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.
Berry Springs Park and Preserve
Located less than a half-hour drive from Cedar Park, nearby Georgetown offers yet another idyllic picnic spot. Drive out to Berry Springs Park and Preserve for a laid-back day enjoying the great outdoors — and, of course, the picnic you packed. You’ll find the pretty park in a rural area along Berry Creek.
The kids will love checking out the barn with chickens and donkeys, and you can’t beat the meandering trail that lets you take in wildflower fields and tall pecan groves. An abundance of picnic spots along the way seals the deal and makes this spot a must-visit place close to home.
- Location: 1801 C.R. 152, Georgetown.
There you have it. Crème de la Crème of Cedar Park, TX just gave you seven great places to explore the next time you plan a picnic with toddlers or kids of any age! Do you have a favorite local spot we didn’t include? Let us know so we can check out more recommendations.