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Patch Picks: Picnicking

Great local places to have a picnic.

With all of this great weather and summertime quickly approaching, we’ve compiled a list of great places for you to get outside and have a relaxing picnic with friends or family.  

If we’ve missed your favorite spot, please let us know about it in the comments.

1. Northwest Park Nature Center

Where: 145 Lang Road, Windsor

About: A local area that has a nature center, a barn, a museum, a trail marked in Braille, hiking and cross-country ski trails and an animal barn. This park is open year-round. For more information, call 860.285.1886.

2. Salmon Brook Park

Where: Route 10, Granby,

About: Set on about 114 acres, this park features hiking trails, a swimming pond and a state-of-the-art children’s play area. This park is open year-round. For more information, call 860.844.5356.

3. The Collins Creamery

Where: 9 Powder Hill Road, Enfield,

About: Founded in 1997 by Jack and Mavis Collins of Powder Hill Farm as the milk prices began to drop in the 90’s, the creamery was opened in an effort to diversify their operation and raise awareness of the importance of local agriculture. The creamery continues to offer over 20 flavors of ice cream and a quiet, country setting with outdoor seating for you to enjoy an delicious treat and a picnic lunch.

4. Scantic River State Park

Where: At the junction of Route 192 and 190 in Hazardville—turn south on South Maple Street and follow for .4 mile, cross the bridge, and park immediately on the pull-off to the left.

About: A 784 acre park that is located in three towns—Enfield, East Windsor and Somers—that offers bird watching, fishing, hiking and hunting. This is a great place for a picnic and some time outdoors. There is no parking fee.

5. Shenipsit State Forest

Where: 166 Chestnut Hill Road, Stafford Springs

About: Located at the summit of Soapstone Mountain of Somers, you can enjoy fishing, hiking, hunting, picnicking, mountain biking and visit the historic museum. There is no parking fee at this park. The facility includes gravel parking, drinking water, the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, picnic tables and pit toilets. 

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