In honor of National Picnic Day on April 23 we’ve put together a few of our favorite non-traditional spots to have a picnic in Wichita. Sure, we’ve got plenty of city parks with picnic tables or meadows to lay out a blanket, but here are some less obvious places to enjoy an alfresco meal with friends, family or a good book.

  • The Wichita State University campus features the 76-piece Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, part of the Ulrich Museum of Art and rated one of the top collections of its kind by Public Art Review. Find your favorite and enjoy a picnic nearby.
  • Grace Hill Winery, just 30 minutes northeast of Wichita, offers a beautiful setting for a picnic among its 11-acre vineyard. They offer outside food and, of course, they’ve got wine to pair with your meal!
  • Enjoy a day of wildlife at Sedgwick County Zoo, the seventh largest zoo in the country, or at the region’s largest interactive wildlife park, Tanganyika Wildlife Park. Both parks allow outside coolers for picnic eating (no glass containers or alcohol). 
  • The Art Garden at Wichita Art Museum is open 24/7 and free to enjoy. Eight acres surrounding the riverside museum features 13 sculptures, hundreds of trees, shrubs and more than 20,000 perennials and grasses. You’ll find permanent concrete seating areas, too.
  • Bring chairs or a blanket and watch Wichita State University baseball while enjoying a picnic with tickets to the outfield at Eck Stadium. The Coleman Hill offers grass seating for fans and allows kids to move around during the game. There are also pavilions with grills that can be rented. The Shockers’ regular season runs through mid-May.

Looking for more traditional spots to thrown down a picnic? Click here to read last year’s blog post on great park locations for picnics in Wichita.