The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Great Picnic Spots in Kansas City

While surrounded by and encompassing some of the most beautiful natural environments in the region, KC features a collection of picnic-friendly locations as accommodating as they are scenic.

So, grab your blanket and basket and set up at one of the best picnic spots in KC:

Crown Center Square

Crown Center Square | Jenny Wheat Photography
Jenny Wheat Photography

Bring your bites and grab a table in between Lego building, deep-sea exploration and high-end shopping while visiting Crown Center, an all-in-one destination in the heart of the city—and easily accessible via the KC Streetcar.

Hiking Trails and Parks

Nature beckons. Hiking trails and area parks are abundant in the region and make for perfect picnic occasions.

Try out Loose Park or Swope Park for sweeping green landscapes in urban settings, or seek out serene escapes in Overland Park, Olathe, KCK and Independence

Local Craft Breweries

Many area breweries, like Big Rip Brewing Co. and Border Brewing Company, invite craft beer enthusiasts to pair their preferred meal with wide varieties of delicious brew styles. 

If you're in town during summer or fall, be sure to check out the Kansas City Tap Tour to explore even more locally brewed beer. 

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art | Big Picnic

Tap into your inner Picasso by posting up at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, likely the most iconic yard in Kansas City.

And be sure not to miss the institution’s Big Picnic, an annual summer event held in conjunction with Kansas City Parks & Recreation department that invites the entire city out for one big lawn party featuring food trucks, musical performances, activities and more.

Tailgating at Arrowhead/The K

Tailgating is basically just a picnic in a parking lot, right?

Prepare for a Kansas City Chiefs kickoff or Kansas City Royals first pitch by arriving early, with food and drink in-hand, to the lot shared by Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium.

National WWI Museum and Memorial

Take in one of the best sights in KC by picnicking outside the National WWI Museum and Memorial on its impressive grounds. Afterwards, head inside and discover the history of the Great War. 

Kansas City Zoo

Kansas City Zoo

Refuel in between visits to Elephant Expedition and Helzberg Penguin Plaza by dining at one of the many outdoor picnic areas in Kansas City Zoo, a perennial family favorite. 

Worlds of Fun

Worlds of Fun

In between turns on thrilling roller coasters and lazy river cruises in the sun, Worlds of Fun guests can take a break and refuel at shaded picnic areas just outside the gates, between parking lots D and F.

Then, once you've had your time to recharge, it's time to finish the day strong with more rides (and more adventures).