Summer is fleeting, and in no time at all, the little ones will head back to school. Luckily, you have some time to squeeze a few more memories out of the season before the falling leaves of autumn arrive. Afternoon picnics are ideal the ideal activity for wholesome summer fun. The Lehigh Valley area is rich with locations to drop your basket and have a late lunch in the grass. Here are a few you should check out before summer ends.
The Lehigh Parkway is located just on the southwestern edge of Allentown. Pack your picnic basket and head to the parkway to have lunch on rolling hills that slope down to the Little Leigh Creek. You can your crew can watch the local anglers cast a line into the creek. If you’re up for a bit of fishing, bring your own poles. The park also has disc golf, basketball and volleyball courts, and a winding nature trail, perfect for when you’re ready to walk off your lunch.
Big Pocono State Park
If you’re looking for a picnic spot with a view, head out to Big Pocono State Park just 47 miles north of Allentown. The park has a paved drive that leads to the top of Camelback Mountain. At 2,100 feet, this is the perfect spot for lunch. As you take in the view, you’ll be able to see the surrounding parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and even bits of New York. Bring your bikes and hit the paved trail for a fun after-dinner activity.
Head to Monocacy Park in Bethlehem to have a picnic beside the waterfalls. The park has two covered pavilions that sit just beside the falls and are a perfect spot for your outdoor lunch. If you’d prefer to feel the grass beneath you as you dine, find a spot along the Monocacy Creek and let the rippling sound of water be the soundtrack to your afternoon. When the food is gone, take off on foot and explore the various trails that wind in and out of the scenic foliage. There’s also a swimming pool in the complex if the dog days of summer get a little too hot.
Covered Bridge Park
As you would expect, Covered Bridge Park takes its name from the two covered bridges that surround it. These bridges provide passage over the Jordan Creek as well as a scenic backdrop for your summer picnic. At over 186 acres, the park offers plenty of space to put down your basket and blanket and chow down. The park also has cooking fireplaces if you want to prepare lunch when you arrive.
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