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Here’s how to plan the perfect picnic in Columbus, OH

Pick out a picnic basket, fill it with local food, and head to your park of choice to enjoy the perfect picnic in CBUS.


The large Longaberger basket still remains at the former headquarters at 1500 E. Main St. in Newark. | Photo by Derek Jensen via Wikimedia Commons

The former Longaberger headquarters is located at 1500 E. Main St. in Newark. | Photo by Derek Jensen via Wikimedia Commons

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We’re here to help you celebrate spring by planning the perfect picnic. So, check the weather forecast and use our tips to picnicking in CBUS.

🧺 Buy your basket

First things first — you can’t enjoy a picnic without a basket. Longaberger, the former Ohio-based basket maker, has a wide-range of handcrafted picnic baskets to browse online. Bonus: The former headquarters in Newark also features the world’s largest basket, which is still standing at seven stories tall, so pencil this in as a must-see next time you drive east of CBUS.

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Make your picnic even sweeter by customizing your own fruit and cheese board. | Photo by @black.radish.creamery

🧀 Find the right foods

Here are some local food spots to help you fill your picnic basket:

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Bring a picnic blanket and sit in the downtown greenspace. | Photo by @thesciotomile

🌳 Pick your park

  • If you want skyline views, we recommend downtown parks along the Scioto River. Pro tip: Do not feed the downtown geese, or they will crash your picnic.
  • If you’d like a more private picnic, bring a picnic blanket to any of the local metro parks, many of which have designated picnicking areas and hiking trails for a post-meal walk.
  • Some of the most scenic picnic views in the city will be at Topiary Park or Franklin Park.
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