7 Places to Picnic

Loveless Cafe
photo from Loveless Cafe Facebook

If you are looking for a way to dine safely outdoors and social distance, a picnic is a great option. All you need is a blanket and of course some food or snacks.  Here’s a list of places to visit this fall.

photo from Loveless Cafe Facebook

1Loveless Cafe

8400 Highway 100, Nashville

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the Picnic Pack at the outdoor picnic tables around the Loveless Cafe or at home–just as the founders did nearly 70 years ago! More details on the Picnic Pack- serves four for $29.99 with a choice of fried chicken or pulled pork, sides, biscuits, and you can add on dessert.

Place your order here. 

photo from Morning Glory Orchard

2Morning Glory Orchard

7690 Nolensville Road, Nolensville

Picnics in the Orchard will take place every Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30-7:30. Attendees will enjoy The Grazing Table Nashville where you will have an exquisite deluxe charcuterie box crafted just for you. Enjoy complimentary cider slushes, fruit, water and more as you observe the trees surrounding you. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance. Space is limited to just 6 tables per evening to allow for maximum distancing.

Make reservations here.

photo from Visit Music City Facebook

3Centennial Park

2500 West End Avenue, Nashville

There’s lots of places to enjoy the outdoors here at this park. You can sit and gaze at the replica of the Parthenon, feed the ducks at the pond, or take a look at the gardens. It’s also one of the few parks with free wifi access for visitors.

photo from Bicentennial Park Facebook

4Bicentennial Park

600 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville

Situated with a view of the Capitol building in downtown Nashville, you can enjoy the park while taking a look at the 200 foot granite map of the state. If you didn’t pack a picnic, you are within walking distance of the Nashville Farmers Market where there’s a wide variety of vendors to make a quick selection.

photo from Friends of Radnor Lake Facebook

5Radnor Lake

1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville

This is a hidden treasure in the middle of the city. The 1,368-acre park has an abundance of wildlife, hiking opportunities, and perfect photo spots. It’s a day-use only park so plan your trip accordingly.

photo from Cheekwood Facebook

6Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville

Sitting on 55 acres, this garden estate and museum is located on the Cheek estate. The gardens are unlike any you will see with ongoing exhibits that change throughout the year. Currently, they are hosting the Chihuly exhibit on the grounds. Visitors are welcomed to bring a picnic to enjoy the sights and sounds. Right now due to COVID, visitors are asked to select a time to visit.

Make a reservation here.

photo from Nashville Metro Government website

7Fannie Mae Dees Park

2400 Blakemore Avenue, Nashville

Often this is referred to as Dragon Park with its large mosiac sculpture that is a main attraction at the park. There’s also a large playground and walking trails to enjoy. When it’s time to sit down and eat, you can find plenty of shady spots.