Enjoying a picnic is a fun activity to share with your family. The area near Lone Tree has an extensive park system, including 25 big parks spanning over 2,500 acres and more than 140 miles of trails. The city also offers stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. The city of Denver is less than 20 minutes away and has a wealth of natural beauty. Countless options are available when you want to go for a picnic. Our Crème de la Crème staff invites you to check out seven great spots for picnics with your family around Lone Tree on a beautiful day.

E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park

E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park by Jeffrey Beall is licensed with CC BY-SA 2.0

E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park, located at 11701 Community Center Drive in Northglenn, is a 28-acre offering with various amenities for a picnic and a great day at the park. You can enjoy a pavilion, playground, and picnic tables, as well as the sculptures “Art on Parade” and “2 Gateways” at the park. There are multi-sport fields and a basketball court. After your picnic, you can go fishing at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park.

Check out the pedal boats and kayak rentals on-site for more fun with your kids. If your kids love to skateboard, they can check out the Don Anema Memorial Skatepark in the park. The park is open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Lake Arbor Community Park

The 12-acre Lake Arbor Community Park, located at 6400 Pomona Drive in Arvada, has multiple picnic areas with tables and grills available. The park also has a fishing pier that’s handicapped accessible, green fields for recreation, a kids’ playground area, and a gazebo on the west end of the park. Your backdrop affords stunning views of the mountains, and the park features a lake 1 mile in diameter, so it’s perfect for a relaxing stroll. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is a great place to see spectacular sunsets.

Westminster Center Park

Westminster Center Park has 12 picnic tables and three picnic shelters. This 10-acre park also has a playground with a London theme, complete with the Tower Bridge, the River Thames, and Big Ben. There’s an outdoor performance stage with an amphitheater, benches, a drinking fountain, and restrooms. You’ll also find a water plaza that’s open seasonally and a splash pad available from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Westminster Center Park is open year-round, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Midway Park

The 18-acre Midway Park, located at 1280 W. Midway Blvd. in Broomfield, has prime picnic spots, a picnic shelter, picnic tables, and a barbeque grill. You can also enjoy a playground for your kids, a basketball court, a baseball field, a soccer field, and a disc golf course. After your meal, you and your family can use the open grass field to play a game of frisbee or catch. The park also has a lovely pond and many trails if you want to hike after lunch or dinner. Midway Park is open 24 hours daily.

Daniels Park

For an exceptional place on the national register of historical sites, visit Daniels Park, located at 8682 N. Daniels Park Road in Sedalia. This unique park has an old rock picnic shelter with a stone fireplace. Multiple picnic tables are located throughout the park, and a few grills if you want to BBQ. This park offers spectacular views of the Front Range near Denver. From the park’s vantage point, you can see Pikes Peak in the South, Mt. Evans in the West, and Longs Peak in the North.

Daniels Park was formerly a working ranch and is said to be where American frontiersman Kit Carson had his last campfire. A unique feature of this park is the herd of bison that lives there, usually found in the park’s upper elevations grazing on the prairie grass, so with a bit of luck, you and the kids will be able to spot them. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Waneka Lake Park

Waneka Lake Park is located at 1600 Caria Drive in Lafayette. This 147-acre park is a wildlife refuge with recreational features. The park has a picnic shelter, picnic tables, and BBQ grills. There are biking and hiking trails, and it’s an excellent place for birdwatching. You’ll also find a playground for the kids and a wildlife viewing platform for the whole family. In the winter, Waneka Lake Park has cross-country skiing available.

On-leash dogs are welcome to join you and the family for a visit, and there’s a doggy pick-up station. Fishing is available if you like casting a line after a picnic lunch, or the Waneka Lake Boathouse offers canoes and paddle boats for rent in the summertime. There are also softball and soccer fields and a basketball court to play a pick-up game or two after your picnic. Park hours are daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for picnics, fishing, and more.

Chautauqua Park

The Chautauqua Park, located at 900 Baseline Road in Boulder, is a national historical landmark with a picnic area. Your children can also have fun on the playground found in this 80-acre park. There are also pickleball, basketball, and tennis courts on site. Visit the demonstration garden, where your children can learn more about the region’s native plants and flowers.

The natural parklands of Chautauqua Park offer opportunities for kids to play and explore nature. Families have access to the Open Space Mountain Park trails, which provide the space and setting for unstructured interactions with nature. Children are often drawn to playing along the park’s edges on the open turf, with an epic view of the Flatirons.

The Crème de la Crème team of Lone Tree hopes you’ll get a chance to enjoy a picnic with your family soon. It’s a great chance to take some time to appreciate the natural beauty in Colorado, including our scenic views of the mountains. It’s also an opportunity for your children to play outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air and learn more about local nature and wildlife while spending quality time with you.