Sacramento's Best Picnic and Barbecue Spots

Perfect parks for eating, grilling, and lounging

Sacramento has plenty of sunny days. And although there are plenty of ways to enjoy the weather, one of the favorite local pasttime is for locals to dust off the picnic blanket and head to a local park for a good old barbecue.

Below are some of the top places to have barbecue or picnic in Sacramento.

Del Paso Regional Park

With 93 acres to choose from, you should be able to find someplace that’s all your own—but near enough to some of the park’s attractions that the kids can burn off some of the calories afterward.

Don’t feel like packing a picnic? Try one of the food vendors here. And when lunch is done and you want out of the sun, head on over to the Discovery Museum, which calls the park home.

Address: 3565 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento
Picnic Areas: 7
Sports fields include: softball/baseball (Sac Softball Complex, 4), sand volleyball (1) and golf courses (3)
Playgrounds: Adventure areas
Water areas: 0
Community rooms: 0
Restrooms: 2
Jogging trail: Yes
Other amenities: Equestrian trail, wetlands area, Discovery Museum, food vendors, and trap shoot

 

Granite Regional Park

You can picnic or barbecue here—the grounds can accommodate 50 parties of picnickers at its dedicated picnicking sites. There’s lots to do before and after you chow down, too. You can get your shred on at the skate park, open until 10pm, or go exploring the wetlands.

Address: 8181 Cucamonga, Sacramento
Picnic Areas: 4
Sports fields include: Soccer fields (3)
Playgrounds: 0
Water areas: 0
Community rooms: 0
Restrooms: 0
Jogging trail: 0
Other amenities: Dog park, skate park, lake, nature area, and horseshoe pits

 

McKinley Park

All of McKinley’s picnic areas include at least a small barbecue for you to make everyone else there insanely hungry. And if you’re not into the smell of barbecue, the park’s famous roses ought to make your nose happy.

Address: 601 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento
Picnic Areas: 6
Sports fields include: softball/baseball (1), soccer (1), volleyball (2) and tennis (8)
Playgrounds: Both adventure and tot areas
Water areas: Swimming and wading pools
Community rooms: 1
Restrooms: 2
Jogging trail: Yes
Other amenities: Rose garden, library, lake and arts center
 

North Natomas Community Park

If you’re looking to enjoy your hot dogs out of the hot sun, try one of this park’s shaded picnic areas. You can find not just tables, but barbecue pits throughout.


Address: 1839 N. Bend Park
Picnic Areas: 5
Sports fields include: baseball (2), soccer (4), volleyball (2) and tennis (2)
Playgrounds: Adventure (2)
Water areas: 0
Community rooms: 0
Restrooms: 1
Jogging trail: Yes
Other amenities: Bike trail, rock climbin walls, shade structure, and public art

 

Southside Park

Home to many big Sacramento events, the park has overcome much of the crime and lifestyle problems that plagued it after the freeway came through. Today the city’s investments have made it a popular place not just for picnickers but also for wildlife.

Address: 2115 6th St., Sacramento
Picnic Areas: 7
Sports fields include: Basketball (1) and tennis (2)
Playgrounds: Both adventure and tot areas
Water areas: Swimming and wading pools
Community rooms: 1
Restrooms: 3
Jogging trail: Yes
Other amenities: Community garden, clubhouse, lake, fishing

 

Tahoe Park

While not as big as some of the other parks on this list, Tahoe Park benefited mightily from the improvements it got in the last decade or so. It’s not just the lighting for nighttime park users, picnickers got upgraded picnic areas, too.



Address: 3501 59th Ave., Sacramento
Picnic Areas: 7
Sports fields include: softball/baseball (2), soccer (1) and volleyball (2)
Playgrounds: Both adventure and tot areas
Water areas: Swimming and wading pools
Community rooms: 1
Restrooms: 1
Jogging trail: Yes
Other amenities: Horseshoe pit

 

William Land Park

This is one of Sacramento’s largest parks—and it boasts more than two dozen picnic sites (all with barbecues!) as a result. And when you’re done feeding your own face, wander on over to the zoo and see how a real animal does lunch.


Address: 3800 Land Park Drive, Sacramento
Picnic Areas: 25
Sports fields include: Baseball (6), soccer (3) and basketball (1)
Playgrounds: Both adventure and tot areas
Water areas: Wading pool
Community rooms: 1
Restrooms: 6
Jogging trail: Yes
Other amenities: Lakes, amphitheater, pony rides, golf course, Fairytale Town, Funderland and Sacramento Zoo

For more information about Sacramento’s parks, check out the official website.