Pack a picnic basket full of goodies that would make Yogi Bear drool, and head outside! Here are our favorite picnic spots—from sandy beaches to grassy parks—throughout the Bay Area. If you’d rather brown-bag it, we’ve included suggestions for grabbing provisions along the way. Don’t forget a picnic blanket, sunscreen and whatever else will make the day fun for the whole family.

Crissy Field, San Francisco

Breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge, a sandy beach, and a large grassy area splashed with picnic tables and grills make this San Francisco landmark one of the very best places for picnics ever. Be sure to bring a kite in case the wind picks up, and hats and SPF as there isn’t much shade.

Good eats nearby: The Warming Hut near the base of the bridge.
Where: 1199 East Beach, San Francisco, Ca
Online: parksconservancy.org

Photo by Sonia Gandiaga

Where are your favorite places to picnic? Share them in the comments section.

—Olivia Boler & Sonia Gandiaga