Grab some tacos from Mi Ranchito and enjoy the views at Frisco Lake Park.Photo courtesy Olathe Parks & Recreation.
Nothing says spring quite like packing up a picnic and heading to a great spot for some outdoor dining. But with little ones, the effort to pack said picnic can often be easier said than done. If you want to take your littles on a picnic without the hassle of packing a meal, fret not. Here are our top picnic locations in the Kansas City area paired with perfect take out spots.
Antioch Park/Sobahn Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, Kansas, has a nice central location in the metro. This is the perfect spot for a picnic if you are trying to plan a play date with people who live in different parts of the city. Antioch Park sits on 44 acres and has playground equipment, two fishing ponds and trails. Note: Sections of the playground equipment may be closed due to resurfacing.
You will pass plenty of restaurants on your way to Antioch Park. If you want to try something different for your picnic grab some carryout from Sobahn, 7800 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Overland Park, Kansas. This restaurant serves traditional Korean food. The dumplings, kimbap or Korean pancakes would be perfect for a picnic.
Frisco Lake Park/Mi Ranchito Frisco Lake Park, 1100 E. Dennis Ave., Olathe, Kansas, is a great destination for families who live in southern Johnson County. It’s also nice for everyone else in the metro who feels like a springtime drive. This park has a lake, making it perfect for those who want to include fishing in their picnic plans. Even if you aren’t a fisherman or fisherwoman, the view of the water makes this park worth a visit.
This picnic destination pairs perfectly with Mi Ranchito, 964 S. Harrison, Olathe, Kansas. Mi Ranchito is one of the tastiest Mexican Restaurants in the metro and offers a drive-thru. Grab some tacos or quesadillas and enjoy the beautiful scenery with delicious food.
Loose Park/Spin! Neapolitan Pizza Loose Park ranks among the most popular parks in the metro. Located at 5200 Wornall, Kansas City, Missouri, this park offers 75-acres of beautiful scenery. Loose Park is a great place to picnic if you have activities planned on the Plaza, but it is also a perfect destination on its own. This park has a pond, rose garden, playground and sprayground.
Loose Park pairs well with Spin! Neapolitan Pizza, 4950 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri. For $4.95 you can get a kid-sized one-topping pizza, a mini gelato, and a drink. Grab that to go and you are set for the perfect picnic.
Oak Grove Park/Kate’s Kitchen For Northlanders, Oak Grove Park, 7600 N. Troost Ave, Gladstone, Missouri, has everything you want in a picnic destination, including playground equipment, a walking trail and plenty of shade.
Kate’s Kitchen, 8002 N. Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, Missouri, pairs perfectly with a picnic at Oak Grove Park. You can place your order over the phone to expedite your picnic process by calling 816-436-7200.
Sheila Kemper Dietrich Park/You Say Tomato Located directly south of Hospital Hill, Sheila Kemper Dietrich Park provides the perfect picnic location for a trip downtown. The park sits on the corner of E. 27th Street and Gillham Road in Kansas City, Missouri. This is a great picnic spot on its own but would also work well if you have activities planned at Crown Center, Union Station, the River Market or anywhere downtown. The park has a nautical theme with sea creatures and a pirate ship surrounded by soft flooring to absorb any tumbles.
This location pairs well with You Say Tomato, 2801 Holmes, Kansas City, Missouri. This quaint restaurant offers fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads with something on the menu for everyone in the family. A personal favorite is their beirock, which is offered in a traditional beirock with ground beef or a vegetarian option made with curried lentils.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art/Winstead’s If you want to incorporate art into your picnic, The Nelson-Akins Museum of Art is your perfect fit. Located just east of the Country Club Plaza at 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri, the Nelson-Atkins has plenty of trails, grass space, and outdoor sculptures, making it ideal for picnics.
This picnic spot pairs perfectly with Winstead’s, 101 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri. Winstead’s has delicious steak burgers, grilled cheeses, milkshakes, cherry limeades and more. For parents with little children, one of its most attractive features might be the drive-thru. You won’t even have to get out of the car to pick up your picnic food.
Arley Hoskin has lived in the Kansas City area for 15 years. She enjoys taking her toddler to area parks and book stores. Hoskin currently resides in Raytown with her energetic and outgoing 2-year-old daughter.
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