The Best Picnic Spots in Boulder, Colorado

Don’t let summer slip by without partaking in one of its most quintessential activities – a picnic in the park! Fortunately for Boulder residents, our town has plenty of gorgeous locales to spend the day lounging in the sun and catching up with friends over a delicious picnic spread. Here are some of the best spots around town where you can enjoy lunch with a view.

Coot Lake

Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Habitat Apartments, this tranquil lake is home to numerous walking trails, secluded benches, and an unobstructed view of Boulder’s stunning foothills and Flatirons. Dogs are welcome, so grab Fido on your way to make it a family affair.

Chautauqua Green

Not many picnic areas can compete with a lunch on the lush lawn in the shadow of Boulder’s most iconic skyline. Dine underneath the Flatirons, glistening in the midday sun for a truly delightful and authentically Boulder experience.

Central Park

Gather your co-workers or meet up with friends on this bustling greenery situated next to the flowing waters of Boulder Creek. No time to pack a picnic but still want to enjoy the outdoors during your workday lunch break? No trouble. Grab something to-go from one of Pearl Street’s many top-rated restaurants and find a shady spot to park your picnic blanket.

Twin Lakes Open Space Park

A favorite of many Gunbarrel residents for its dog friendliness, Twin Lakes offers beautiful scenery to enjoy and wildlife to watch. Come prepared with camp chairs, a cooler, and of course, your precious pup for a lunch that is fun for all members of your family…especially the four-legged ones.

Wonderland Hill

Get out to Wonderland Hill for an early lunch to catch paragliders soaring with colorful canopies over the lush green grasses of this beautiful community park. There are plenty of picnic areas, playgrounds, and empty fields where picnic-ers can relax and take in North Boulder’s beautiful landscapes.

Eben G. Fine Park

For some of the best people watching in Boulder, spend lunch time at Eben G. Fine Park, right on the banks of Boulder Creek. Watch bikers and joggers zoom past on the creek trail, or set up near the river to see kayakers, tubers, and fisher-folks play in the cool waters.

Gunbarrel Commons Park

Habitat residents don’t have to travel far to picnic at this scenic location. Gunbarrel Commons Park is a privately-owned open space park right in Habitat’s backyard. The park’s proximity to Twin Lakes helps preserve and promote our state’s diverse flora and fauna. Bring your picnic blanket and relax in this quiet, serene park just a few steps from home.

Stock up on locally baked breads, wild game meats, and fresh produce at the Boulder County Farmers Market or swing by one of Pearl Street’s delicious fast-casual eateries for the perfect picnic fixings. Soak up the best of Boulder summer outside at any one of these picnic locations for an enjoyable and memorable lunch.

Habitat Apartments offers residents direct access to the plentiful open, natural space right at the doorsteps of our apartments for rent. Chautauqua Park, Wonderland Hill, Twin Lakes Open Space, and other phenomenal parks are no more than a few miles away. There’s no reason not to enjoy Colorado’s coveted natural environment and climate when living at Habitat Apartments. Call today to schedule a tour of our spacious apartments for rent.

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