The Best Scenic Picnic Spots in Washington


Throughout the summer season, Washington is a perfect destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. Whether you’re traveling from near or far, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the natural beauty, breathtaking views, and experience the classic small-town feel of Washington. And while you’re here, it’s the perfect time to slow down, relax, and unwind with a summer picnic with a view. So pack your picnic basket and enjoy some of the best scenic spots (and amazing food to-go) in Washington!

Lake Waramaug State Park

Lake Waramaug is the second largest natural lake in Connecticut and it is known for clean waters, breathtaking scenery, and gorgeous sunsets. On hot summer days, Lake Waramaug State Park is the perfect place to take a refreshing break from the day, set up a picnic, and cool off by dipping your toes in the water. If you’re looking for a local spot to pick up a grab-n-go lunch, visit The Smithy Cafe on 9 Main or grab an order to-go from The Owl Wine & Food Bar.


Judy Black Memorial Park & Gardens

Located in the heart of Washington Depot, Judy Black Park is a space for gatherings, art exhibits, and local town events. Here you’ll find a quiet yet colorful outdoor space, complete with a variety of seasonal flowers in bloom and a wide array of plantings. During the summer, Judy Black Park hosts the Washington Farmers Market on Saturdays, art exhibits by local artists, and outdoor movie nights! Pack a picnic and join in on the fun at this special spot in Washington.


Shepaug River in the Depot

Right next to Judy Black Park, you can set up a lovely picnic at one of the tables at the Riverwalk along the Shepaug River. Take in the tranquil scenery of the river and watch the world go by from afar in this favorite tucked-away spot in Washington Depot. Hop over to Marty’s Cafe or The Pantry to pick up a great meal to go!

Shepaug River

Washington Green

Take a stroll around the historic Washington Green for a true New England experience! And while you’re there, find a shady spot under the trees to enjoy your picnic. Pick up a sandwich, wrap, or butter-poached lobster roll (back by popular demand!) from the beloved Po Cafe. And if you’re in Washington on a Friday evening, be sure to tune in for the Music on the Green concert series and enjoy your picnic under the stars! View the 2024 Music on the Green schedule here


New Preston Falls

Over in New Preston village, set up your picnic at one of the tables by New Preston Falls where you can enjoy the soothing ambiance of the beautiful waterfall located on the Aspetuck River. And if you want to try something delicious and local, pop in at The Smithy Cafe on 9 Main. Their menu includes an amazing selection of baked goods, pastries, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads, and more.


Hopkins Vineyard

For a summer picnic among the vines, plan a visit to Hopkins Vineyard to enjoy their award-winning wines and pair them with yummy charcuterie platters available for purchase. The vineyard also hosts live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. You’ll love spending a summer afternoon at this lively vineyard with gorgeous views overlooking Lake Waramaug – and delicious wines!


Spring Hill Vineyards

Nestled among rolling hills and hay fields, Spring Hill Vineyards offers a unique setting featuring the immersive Bee Brook Grotto art installation at the top of the repurposed Spring Hill Silo. Enjoy wine tastings and small bites on Saturdays and Sundays at this exquisite vineyard.


We wish you a happy summer exploring Washington!

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