It’s a warm summer evening at the park, the wind is gently blowing, and you watch kids play on the park swings as you enjoy a chilled soda. Lightning bugs begin to float like little lanterns in the distance while the scent of soft summer florals lingers around you. If that sounds like heavenly happiness to you, this is your sign to pack a picnic basket and head to any of Alpharetta’s beautiful parks and green spaces. Spread out your favorite gingham blanket on lush, green grass, bring a basket brimming with baked goods, fruits, pretzels, and other scrumptious snacks, and savor the summertime with your friends and family.
1. Town Green – 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Enjoy a picturesque picnic at Downtown Alpharetta’s Town Green where you can fill your basket with eats from one of the 65+ downtown restaurants and let the kiddos loose to play in the splash fountain just steps away. With high tech turf, the Town Green stays picnic-perfect year-round so you can comfortably enjoy yourself any time, even after a summertime rain shower. On days when the heat is dialed up and a chilly dessert is just what the doctor ordered, stop in at Kilwins for an icy treat after your meal!
2. Wills Park – 11925 Wills Road, Alpharetta, GA 30009
With four picnic pavilions, Wacky World Playground, Waggy World paw park, two smaller playgrounds, a disc golf course, restroom facilities throughout and a nearly 2-mile walking trail, your picnic options at Wills Park are endless. Wills Park’s extensive grounds give you plenty of space to stake out a scenic spot and enjoy the day.
3. Big Creek Greenway – Multiple Entrances Alpharetta, GA
Spend a whole day exploring the Big Creek Greenway a 9 mile-long paved path for biking, walking, roller blading or inline skating, where there is a plethora of picnic spots along the pathway. Combining outdoor adventures and yummy snacks? Sign us up!
4. Webb Bridge Park – 4780 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Gather the whole family for a picnic at Webb Bridge Park with plenty of amenities including a 1.5-mile walking trail, outdoor fitness equipment, arboretum, lake, the Little Free Library, Webb Zone Playground and 3 picnic pavilions.
5. The Plaza at Avalon – 400 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta, GA 30009
Pack your own basket of goodies or call the Avalon concierge at (770) 765–2000 and they will prepare a picnic with your requested meal from one of Avalon’s 25+ restaurants to enjoy before heading out to shop the stores along Avalon’s Boulevard. Upgrade your evening on Fridays and enjoy live music with your meal at Avalon Nights Live throughout October!
6. Brooke Street Park – 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009
For a relaxing picnic excursion, stroll over to Brooke Street Park, a beautiful 5-acre park located behind Alpharetta City Hall featuring an arboretum, a winding path, an open lawn with a covered bandstand for local concerts, cornhole boards, public arts sculptures, a reflection garden, and a beautifully landscaped stream. The gentle sound of rippling water gives this park a 10/10 on the serenity scale.
7. Cogburn Park – 12825 Cogburn Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004
Cogburn Park is a six-acre park including two small picnic pavilions, a .2-mile walking path, cornhole boards, an arboretum, a Little Free Library, restroom facility, a large playground for kids ages 2-5 and 5-12 and a painted Play Me Again piano named “Flannery”. Tickle the ivories while you’re there to give everyone something to dance along to!
8. Rock Mill Park – 3100 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta 30022
Rock Mill Park is a great access point for the Big Creek Greenway. You can enjoy the park with greenspace, restroom facility, and an intimate picnic pavilion, or you can relax there before or after a run, walk or ride on the greenway if adventure is calling.
9. Windward Community Park – 6435 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Enjoy one of Alpharetta newest parks, featuring a .25-mile gravel walking path, two small picnic pavilions, benches and swings for a rest or reading, a restroom facility, and a playground designed for kids ages 2-5.
10. North Park – 13450 Cogburn Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004
Everyone will love picnicking in the spacious 97-acre North Park with its two playgrounds, Adult Activity Center, lake, Arts Building, Rotary Reflection Garden, Little Free Library, walking trail and two picnic pavilions. For folks in the 50+ community, make the most of your visit by planning activities to enjoy while you are at the park like a ceramics workshop or stained-glass studio at the Adult Activity Center.
(Insider Tip: To enjoy a crisp cocktail or a cold brew with your picnic, Downtown Alpharetta and the Plaza at Avalon are perfect for you. These Sip-and-Stroll districts, available thanks to local open container ordinances, provide a large selection of fun beverages to visitors. The Town Green gives you plenty of sipping options available mere steps away from your blanket and basket. Order a to-go drink to fall in love with fabulous frosé from Chiringa, cold brews from Jekyll Brewing and Currahee Brewing Company, or chilled chardonnay from Never Enough Thyme. Likewise, a Kona Mai Tai from Kona Grill, a pour of prosecco from CRU Food & Wine Bar, or a light lager from Marlow’s Tavern will complete your picnic perfection at the Plaza at Avalon.)
Looking for more ways to enjoy your summer? Book a room at any of our 30 modern hotels to enjoy refreshing pools and awesome amenities, add a brewery tour to your itinerary for more crisp refreshing brews, or make your music dreams come true with live music around the city! Make sure to share your summertime adventures in Alpharetta with us by tagging us @awesomealpharetta and #AwesomeAlpharetta.