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Anthem House Residents: Perfect Picnic Ideas For National Picnic Day

Apr 16, 2021

There’s no better way to spend a spring evening than having a picnic! And, what better day to do so than National Picnic Day, on April 23rd? The wonderful thing about picnics is that they can be as simple or as extravagant as you want. You can grab a friend and some snacks, or you can plan out a gourmet meal and make an event out of it. 

It’s easy to achieve picnic perfection! Some essentials to pack include sunscreen, utensils, fun activities like cards or a game, and bug spray. Regardless, remember to clean up when you’re done so that the next park-goers can enjoy the space, too! Here are some more great picnic tips. 

Keep reading for some of our favorite picnic spots, food options, and more:

Places To Go

Our beautiful city is home to some really special picnic spots. For beautiful waterfront views, head to Canton Waterfront Park. Or, enjoy some skyline views from Federal Hill, ideally situated to overlook the city. History buffs will love to spend some time right here in Locust Point at Fort McHenry or in picturesque Patterson Park. Wherever you choose, it’s a great chance to get some fresh air and sun. Now that the sun is out longer, you might even want to plan your picnic in time to catch the sunset!

Food To Pack

Of course, no picnic is complete without a delicious meal. Getting takeout for a picnic is a great way to support local businesses and enjoy a fun, socially distant dining experience. Just pack your picnic blanket and gather some friends, and you’re good to go! 

For a super classy picnic appetizer, a cheese platter and some wine make the perfect pair. Cheese Galore and More in Federal Hill makes absolutely incredible cheese platters. You can pick your favorite cheeses and snacks, and they will create a custom-made cheese board for your picnic. Talk about Insta-worthy! 

If you’re planning to have a full meal on your picnic, there’s plenty of delicious options! Sandwiches are a classic picnic treat. We love the selection at Rosina Gourmet, located in Fells Point, Canton and Downtown. Try the Parma Ham & Fresh Mozzarella, made with roasted Parma Ham with fresh sliced mozzarella, tomato, and extra virgin olive oil on a square ciabatta roll. Or, you might want to pick up some apps and sushi from Shoyu in Federal Hill! They have something for everyone, from California rolls to creative combos like the Sweet Honey Roll made with Shrimp, Crab Mix, and Avocado on top of a Shrimp Crunch Roll, topped with Spicy Mayo, Eel Sauce, and Masago.

You can stock up on beverages from Chesapeake Wine in Canton. Picnic pro tip: canned wines are perfectly portable!

Or, Let The Pros Handle It

For a truly unique, glamorous picnic, the experts at Charm City Picnic can arrange all the details! This amazing company was started by a couple with a passion for picnicking and supporting local Baltimore businesses. 

You can pick a package ranging from a Picnic In A Box For Two all the way to a Large Picnic for up to 12 guests. They’ll handle everything, including food, location, and supplies. Celebrate National Picnic Day by booking a picnic for later this summer––these super popular picnic pros are fully booked until June.

Happy National Picnic Day!

We hope you have an absolutely wonderful National Picnic Day! Be sure to share photos of your picnic with us on social media, @AnthemHouse