Outdoor picnics are great family fun! Here’s our list of 5 great places to picnic in the Halifax-Dartmouth Area.
1. Public Gardens
The Halifax Public Gardens are the perfect place to picnic in the summertime. Try setting up your basket in the grassy area on the south side of the gardens where there’s lots of space to play. Or, on a Sunday afternoon, catch the Public Gardens Summer Concert Series, every Sunday at 2:00 pm. Afterwards, grab a delicious hand-paddled ice cream at Sugah!, part of the Uncommon Grounds cafe (located in the white building on the Spring Garden side of the Gardens).
2. Halifax Commons
The Halifax Commons are a great place to have a family picnic. With acres to choose from, our top choice is the Central Common, adjacent to Bell Road. There you’ll find a playground, skate park, paddling pool and a deliciously cold swimming pool- all FREE to use! A short walk across the street and you’ll find the Emera Oval- a great place for summer roller skating. The perfect family day out!
3. Seaview Park
Controversially, the community of Africville in Halifax’s North End was eventually transformed into an off-leash dog park. Thankfully, the park was decommissioned in February 2016, which means that Seaview Park is now an excellent place to take your family on a picnic. Enjoy your sandwiches at the former locations of Skinner’s Well or Tibby’s Pond. If you picnic from Tuesday to Sunday, stop in at the Africville Museum – a valuable archive located in the reconstructed Seaview Baptist Church (where you can find out exactly what Tibby’s Pond was all about!)
4. Leighton Dillman Park
Leighton Dillman is that beautiful hilly park that is part of the Dartmouth Common, right by the Zatzman Sportsplex in Downtown Dartmouth – and it’s one of the best places to Picnic in Halifax-Dartmouth. The Park Avenue Community Oven at Leighton Dillman Park in Dartmouth is open every Saturday, seasonally, from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm. Anyone is welcome to bring bread dough, pizzas, flatbread, tortillas, “anything you can bake in a pan”, or “anything you can bake in a pot”.
Here’s a crazy fact: at a temperature of 800 – 1000 degrees, a pizza will cook in one minute!
5. Point Pleasant Park
There are a many quiet corners of Point Pleasant Park in which your family can enjoy an al fresco feast, but we suggest a nice family picnic near the Cambridge Battery at about 6:00 pm. That gives you plenty of time to catch a Shakespeare by the Sea performance, which happens every night this summer (except Mondays) at 7:00pm. For the kids, check out the Wizard of Oz.