It just might be picnic weather here in Northern Colorado, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Going on a picnic is a staple for moms with littles like me, but also a fun idea for a day date, or just an outing with the fam. Here are my top picnic spots in Loveland and NoCo. There are lots of great spots around so if I missed your favorite, let me know in the comments (or don’t so that it stays a secret!)
Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland
Benson Sculpture Garden is a place for a true picnic—like bring your own blanket and sit in the grass picnic. It’s also a great place for a romantic picnic since there isn’t a playground, and is perhaps more adult-centered than some of the other locations I share below. Kids are certainly welcome too though. They even have a little kids section of sculptures with lots of animals.
Fairgrounds Park in Loveland
Fairgrounds Park is the ultimate spot for a picnic. First of all, there are tons of shaded picnic tables. In fact, there’s seating for 200 people under each of the two large pavilions, plus more open seating in the play pavilion. The playground is unique, the splash pad is delightful, and brave waders can dip their toes in the Big Thompson River.
Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park in Loveland/Big Thompson Canyon
If you want to beat the heat and get up into the canyon a little ways, Lovelanders and tourists love Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park for picnicking and maybe splashing around in the river. The park was renovated after the 2013 Flood and is more beautiful and inviting than ever.
Picnic Rock in Fort Collins/Poudre Canyon
If you don’t mind a bit further drive, you don’t have to go too far outside of Fort Collins to find Picnic Rock, a popular picnicking destination, as well as the take out for tubers coming down the Poudre River. The river is usually shallow there, so it’s a fun place to play in the water as well as enjoy lunch.
I hope you take some time to enjoy one of these picnic spots in Loveland and Fort Collins with some loved ones as the weather gets warmer! Let me know if you have any other favorites. And for more park love, read about Loveland’s best splash pads here.