Best Picnic Spots IN PASADENA to Celebrate National Picnic Month

Get your blankets and baskets out! July is National Picnic Month, and there’s nothing better than bringing your loved ones together for some sun and a delicious spread. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors, and share delicious, homemade food and drinks from your new home at Terraces’ residences in Pasadena. Grab a blanket and explore this list of great picnic spots in one of California’s most picturesque and historical cities.


Ambassador Gardens

328 W Green St, Pasadena

No summer would be complete without a picnic in the 34-acre, historic grounds of the Ambassador Gardens. These magnificent grounds offer the perfect ambiance for you, your loved ones and a fantastic combination of wine and cheese to top it all off. Residents at The Terraces can spoil themselves year-round with easy access to this lovely outdoor oasis, but the gardens in the summertime is a sight you won’t want to miss. Grab a picnic blanket and let the relaxation commence.

Brookside Park

360 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena

Brookside Park is where the world-famous Rose Bowl is located. This is a massive 62-acre park that sits only a drive away from Terraces, with two golf courses, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a restaurant. There are multiple playgrounds to keep the grandkids happy, incredible views of the San Gabriel Mountains, and several picnic areas with BBQ pits. This beautiful park reminds us once again that Pasadena is a place of stunning beauty.

Arlington Garden

275 Arlington Drive, Pasadena

Arlington Garden is the only public botanical garden in the city. This Italian-inspired sanctuary is brimming with sycamores and succulents, and it is located only a few minutes away from Terraces. Although there is no grass to sit on, there are some small tables and chairs scattered throughout the gardens. 

Central Park

275 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena

This is the perfect picnic spot for you if you like a total natural escape without straying very far from the city. This gorgeous park not only provides visitors with intimate views of Pasadena but also offers swings and slides if you want to bring along your grandchildren.

McDonald Park

1000 E Mountain St, Pasadena

McDonald Park is a very calm and relaxing park located in the residential neighborhood of Bungalow Heaven. It has many amenities for such a small park. There are two playgrounds, a tennis court, a sand volleyball court, basketball court, and a baseball field. Don’t worry, there’s also plenty of grass for a picnic!


Garfield Park

1000 Park Ave, South Pasadena

Garfield Park is a small public park located in the central part of South Pasadena. It is ideal if you want to get away from the busyness of the city and have fun with your family! There are lots of shaded grassy spots to have your picnic and it also comes with a dog park- so bring your furry ones along! This is a great location to go to if you’re looking to be more active while picnicking.


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