Open-air dining enthusiasts can grab a seat on a bench along the East River between the Robert F. Kennedy and Hell Gate Bridges, or nab a more panoramic vantage point on the central Great Lawn. (You'll also find a few nice brown-bag–worthy patches alongside the Hell Gate—but be warned that they suffer slightly from the noise of train traffic overhead.) Once the kids are well-fed, they’ll be ready to tackle the jungle gyms and hopscotch at Charybdis Playground or brave the nearby skate park.
No restaurant, no problem. Our favorite picnic spots in NYC are great places to refuel (and take in gorgeous scenes to boot).
Grab your favorite snacks, set up your blanket in a cozy spot and get ready to chow down! Locations such as Central Park and Prospect Park, offer striking distance from the best kids' playgrounds NYC has to offer, so you can pack in a ton of outdoor activities for kids in one afternoon!
No list of things to do in spring is complete without an outdoor dinner! Happy picnicking!