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JUNE 18, 2015

Hello fellow Californians! Have a free Thursday afternoon? What about this Thursday, June 18? You do? Fantastic! Coincidentally, this day is International Picnic Day. We at the Clog would love to help you find the perfect picnic location that will satisfy all your picnicking needs no matter where you are in the Golden State. Here is a comprehensive list of potential picnicking locations, by region of California. You’re sure to find something that will satisfy your desire to relax on a sweet patch of grass, pop open some apple cider and soak in the loveliness that is summer.

Northern California

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  • California National Historic Trail
  • Redwood National and State Parks
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area


Santa Rosa

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  • Howarth Park
  • Spring Lake Park
  • Finley Community Park
  • Galvin Community Park


Santa Cruz

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  • Natural Bridges State Beach
  • The Picnic Basket
  • Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


San Francisco

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Berkeley and Oakland

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  • Tilden Regional Park
  • Codornices Park
  • Berkeley Rose Garden
  • Redwood Regional Park


East Bay

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  • Briones Regional Park
  • Del Valle Regional Park
  • Lake Chabot Regional Park


Napa and Sonoma Valley

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  • Anaba Wines
  • Depot Park
  • Jack London State Historic Park


Central Valley

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  • Caswell State Memorial Park
  • Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
  • Columbia State Historic Park
  • Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park
  • McConnell State Recreation Area
  • Millerton Lake State Recreation Area


Greater Los Angeles Area

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  • Echo Park Lake
  • Barnsdall Art Park
  • The Getty Center
  • Griffith Park Observatory


Newport Beach

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  • Inspiration Point
  • Balboa Peninsula Park
  • Crescent Bay Point Park
  • Heisler Park
  • West Jetty View park


Long Beach

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  • El Dorado East Regional Park
  • Drake Park
  • Marina Vista Park
  • Seabreeze RV Resort
  • Colorado Lagoon Park
  • Los Cerritos Park


Manhattan Beach

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  • Polliwog Park
  • Seaside Lagoon


San Diego Area

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  • La Jolla Cove
  • Carlsbad State Beach
  • Balboa Park


So grab your cold cuts, mayonnaise, mustard and bread, and picnic on you Bears!

Image sources: Bureau of Land Management, Harminder Dhesi, Melfo
ody, Steve Corey, Daniel Parks, Miguel Vieira, Malcolm Carlaw, mlhradio, Susan Catherine, Ken Lund, Kim Seng, Yngvar Johnsen, Nathan Rupert under Creative Commons

Contact Daniella Wenger at [email protected].

JUNE 17, 2015