#ExploreFoxCities Picnic in the Park

Pack up a picnic basket and spend some time enjoying the Fox Cities. Play and picnic on a sunny day at these Fox Cities parks and green spaces.

Playground at Riverside Park

The Parks

Riverside Park, Neenah, sits on almost 20 acres with 2,050 feet of shoreline on Lake Winnebago, large playground area, paved trails for walking, pavilion shelter, picnic areas with tables and grills.

Jefferson Park, Menasha, is a nearly 30-acre park on the shores of Lake Winnebago. It has a boat launch and nearly 49 available boat slips, large playground, picnic area, volleyball courts, softball diamonds, fishing access, and public swimming pool.*

Wanick Choute Park, Sherwood, has a large open air pavilion, 2 playground areas, 4 soccer fields, basketball court, tennis courts, paved walking trails, and splash pad.*

Fritse Park, Fox Crossing, sits on the western shore of Little Lake Butte des Morts and includes a boat launch, picnic tables, grills, playground equipment, restrooms, and sledding hill. The western trailhead for the Fox Cities Trestle/Friendship Trail is also at this park.

Erb Park, Appleton, features a great picnic area with charcoal grills, pavilion, playground, tennis courts, plenty of open space, and a pool and waterpark.*

Telulah Park, Appleton, is a spacious park that sits along the Fox River, with trail access along the river and access to the CE/Newberry Trail. It also offers two pavillions, skate park, playground area, disc golf, and picnic area.

Lions Park, Greenville, offers wide open spaces, natural wildlife areas, picnic areas, play areas, sports fields, and more for a full day of fun.

Click here for a full list of area parks.

* Due to COVID19, splash pads and pools may be closed at this time. Please contact the pool or local parks and recreation office for park-specific information.

The Nature Areas

The Fox Cities boasts different nature areas that are free and open to the public. Pack a lunch and spend an afternoon exploring a bit of nature.

Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, Grand Chute

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Menasha

1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna

Charcuterie box/picnic from 313 Dodge at Plamann Park | PC: IG@moonic22


The Picnic Basket

Zuppas Market Cafe & Catering
Known for combining Midwestern comfort food with the flavors of worldly cuisine, Zuppas offers an array of items to go for your picnic. Pick up Italian pasta salad, classic tuna salad, Waldorf chicken salad, or other delicious deli items.

Simon's Specialty Cheese
For a quick (and delicious) bite at the park, purchase cheese, sausage, crackers, and other gourmet snack foods from Simon's Specialty Cheese to have in the picnic basket.

RYE Restaurant
Pre-order a picnic or brunch box for Saturday pickup from RYE Restaurant. Feeding 4-6 people, this box is stocked with ham and cheese, donuts, croissants, fresh fruit, granola and yogurt, macaroons, truffles, and more for a fancier feast at the park.

313 Dodge
Your picnic will be extra tasty with the locally sourced and fresh eats and treats (crackers, cheese, fruit, and more) featured in 313 Dodge's signature charcuterie boxes.

Haen Meat Packing Inc. in Kaukauna and Jacobs Meat Market in Appleton sell sausage, deli meats, rolls, and other fixings for a classic sandwich or picnic snack too.

Most local restaurants and eateries offer curbside pickup and takeout. Search for additional takeout and picnic options here.

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