The Best Picnic Spots in (and Around) Westlake
Celebrate spring by getting out into nature for a meal in the park.
Now that the weather is getting warmer and the sun is shining, take your meals to go! Enjoy a relaxing picnic at one of the area's five best picnic spots.
Take a break from the daily grind to relax under one of the massive shade trees at Bradley Nature Park on Bradley Road in Westlake. Bordered by the Cleveland Metroparks’ Bradley Woods Reservation, Bradley Nature Park offers a relaxing oasis inside of the busy city of Westlake. The park offers grills, pavilions and picnic tables for your picnic needs and a large playground to keep the kids busy as you prepare the meal. So pack up the picnic basket, minus the wine (no alcohol inside the park), and bring the family to enjoy the warm weather.
Pack up your picnic gear and head over to Clague Park, located on Clague Road and Hilliard Blvd. in Westlake. Enjoy watching the ducks as you eat your picnic meal and watch the kids play on the playground, take a dip in Peterson Pool, catch a baseball game or watch a tennis match. Clague Park offers a lot of fun and relaxation for entire families each day from dawn until dark. Make reservations if you are expecting a large picnic, so that you can be sure to have a pavilion to use. Alcohol is prohibited inside the park.
Westlake Recreation Center Park
Pack a picnic basket, your family and your fishing gear! Enjoy a quiet picnic and then relax by a fully stocked pond at the Westlake Recreation Center on Hilliard Blvd. Catch a few fish as you soak in the sun. Enjoy your meal in one of the center’s spacious gazebos and then head over to the floating fish pier with your fishing gear, take the kids to the playground area, or walk the 1.2-mile walking track for a bit of exercise. As with other Westlake parks, no alcohol is allowed in the park.
Huntington Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks
Get your swimsuits, picnic baskets and flip-flops ready for summer weather picnics at Huntington Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks in Bay Village. Featuring Huntington Beach, Huntington Playhouse, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center and the historical Huntington Water Tower, this reservation offers much to do before and after enjoying your picnic at one of the reservations two picnic areas. No alcohol is allowed in any of the areas of the reservation.
Schwartz Road Park
Enjoy an old-fashioned good time with a family picnic set in breathtaking natural surroundings at Schwartz Road Park on Schwartz and Jaycox roads in Avon. Bring food to cook on one of the available grills, sit on a picnic table and enjoy your time with the people you love. Once you’re finished with the meal, challenge a friend to a game of horseshoes, play sand volleyball or take advantage of the sporting fields with the entire family. For a relaxing way to end the trip, walk along the walking and biking paths through 49 acres of beautiful wooded areas and creeks.