Most trees in New York City will begin to turn this month and a spontaneous outdoor picnic is a great way to welcome the season’s colorful splendor. All you need is a blanket and the ingredients for something quick and easy, like sandwiches or a selection of Fall’s bounty of fresh fruit. Load up the picnic basket and head out in search of a great location.
Here are a few favorite picnic spots in Queens.
Myrtle Avenue, Union Turnpike, Park Lanes
There is a real variety of shifting colors to be found in Forest Park: the grounds have northern red oak, scarlet oak, tulip poplar, shagbark hickory, white oak, and wild black cherry trees. The oak trees turn a deep red color, and tulip poplar trees a bright yellow. There are trails for running, biking, skating, horseback riding and a carousel.
Alley Pond Park
Little Neck Bay to Springfield Boulevard, Union Turnpike
The tulip trees, oaks, and beeches at Alley Pond Park are some of the largest in the city. The Tulip Tree Trail will lead you past one of NYC’s tallest specimens. Alley Pond Park is also dotted with sassafras trees. Three leaf shapes (oval, mitten, and three-pronged) might have dropped from the exact same branch in a spectrum of colors from yellow to deep red. You will also find nature trails, a bird sanctuary, playing fields, bridle paths, dog runs, fishing areas, a Picnic Grove, tennis courts and a soccer field.
Horace Harding Expressway, Grand Central Parkway
The rolling terrain of Cunningham Park offers sunny, spacious meadows surrounded by open woodlands, and rich forests. Swamp-encircled ponds characterize the park’s most pristine woodland and imposing oak stands. On October 9 starting at 10am there will be a free Fall Foliage Hike with the Urban Rangers — a perfect event to work up an appetite for a picnic.
Fall Foliage Hike
Sunday, October 9, 2011, 10:00 a.m.
Astoria Park South, 21 Street, Hoyt Avenue, Ditmars Boulevard, East River
Astoria Park, on the west shore of Queens, extends from south of the Triborough Bridge to north of the Hell Gate Bridge. With a panoramic view of the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan, the cityscape of New York City provides a stunning backdrop.
With very little planning you and your family can get outdoors and enjoy the fall season to it’s fullest. Barbecuing is allowed in designated park areas. Check the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation for more details and Fall events.
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” – George Eliot (1819 – 1880)