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Picnic Spots

06/25/2020 05:00AM ● By Julieta Hernandez
By: Julieta Hernandez  Photo by: Rachel Benavides

For the spontaneous and the well-planned alike, a picnic makes for some savory memories. When you’ve got good company, fresh food, and cold drinks, don’t let location be the one factor to stump you. The pleasant outdoors comes with a fit for every picnic goer; here are a few spots where you can lay those blankets down and crack open that cooler. Just remember to practice social distancing and wear that mask.

BAYFRONT PARK
Bayfront Park is a top pick for anyone who likes sunshine and activity. If you need to get out of the house and remember that other people still exist, the distant joggers and dog-walkers who share the ocean views will be a delight. With close parking and a variety of scenic little nooks to choose from, picnic goers can enjoy an oceanfront vibe; just make sure to bring a good picnic blanket so you don’t get sand in your watermelon! 1513-1517 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi

THE BEACH 
When it comes to picnic spots in the Coastal Bend, really any spot on the multiple beaches will suffice. From Padre Island National Seashore to Rockport Beach Park, there are numerous ways to enjoy living on the coast with the perfect snacks in hand. Pack up the sunscreen and blankets, gather your loved ones, and prep a day’s worth of treats!

SUNSET LAKE PARK
Sunset Lake Park in Portland is quiet and gorgeous, and lives up to its name: Sunsets are made to be seen from here. Terrain may be a bit more rocky, so thicker picnic blankets or foldable chairs are advised. Family fishing is popular at this peaceful little spot, too, and dogs love it here. Also, Portland winds are arguably some of the best winds to bring a kite into. 201 Sunset Dr, Portland

ROBERTS POINT PARK
Roberts Point Park in Port Aransas is known for its tidiness and convenience. Since it’s located right off the ferry landing, it’s pretty hard to miss, and it’s perfect for watching boats sail by. It’s got all the charm of Port Aransas without the sand. Although it’s a hot spot for community events, during its quieter weekends, it’s a relaxing place to unpack some sandwiches and watch different bird species fly by. 301 J C Barr Blvd, Port Aransas

THE WATERGARDENS
The Watergardens. A cliche? More like a classic! Having a sunset picnic while watching the harbor bridge begin to light up is as patriotic as a local can get around here. The Bellagio-style fountain, if turned on in full swing, is handsome and calming to witness. The grass is plush enough for a light picnic blanket, and you’ll be presented with a view no matter where you look: the uninterrupted sky, or the historic surrounding architecture. Hirsch St, Corpus Christi.