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It’s spring, which means it’s the perfect time of year to pack up a lunch or snack and head out to San Diego’s beautiful parks for a picnic. Here are a few of our favorite picks for the perfect outdoor eating spot.

Ellen Browning Scripps Park

This is one of the region’s most beloved parks. It has everything: beaches, ocean views, grassy picnic areas, and beautiful trees believed to have inspired Dr. Seuss’ truffula trees, in The Lorax, during his time as a resident of the area. You’ll find plenty of shade here – or sun, if that’s what you’re after. It’s a great place for a relaxed lunch, or a dinner at sunset.

Mission Bay Park

Every Southern Californian knows there is nothing like a picnic on the beach. Mission Bay Park offers 27 miles of shoreline, ensuring you’ll be able to find the perfect spot to spread out a blanket and charcuterie plate. Best of all, you can work up your appetite with a game of volleyball, biking along the beach trail, or windsurfing.

Waterfront Park

This beautiful downtown park boasts water features, gorgeous views, and themed garden rooms. It’s the perfect location for a quick weekday picnic lunch when you’re on the go, or a relaxed outdoor dinner when you have time to stroll the downtown area afterwards.

Kate Sessions Park

Locals love to picnic on the grassy hills of this stunning, oceanside park, where gorgeous views of the Pacific combine with the balmy breezes of San Diego, and all is surrounded in beautiful local flora. When you’re done with your picnic, take a little walk in the natural area on the other side of the park.

For more tips on taking your picnic to a whole new level, check out the Olympus Corsair blog.