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Patch Picks: Perfect Picnic Spots

The weather is perfect (unless it's raining today) and there's not going to be a better time to take time out for picnic.

Now that the weather is warm, what better way to spend time enjoying the outdoors
than to have a picnic? Greater Annapolis Patch has scoped out the top five places
to enjoy a picnic around our community.

1. Quiet Waters Park: Located off of Hillsmere Drive, Quiet Waters has more than six miles of paved trails and 340 acres of park. Enjoy the scenic view
of the South River and the luscious woods around the park, while building
up your picnic appetite.

The park’s visitor center holds art galleries, public restrooms, and formal gardens. There are six outdoor pavilions, holding 50 or 100 people that can be rented for larger parties. There is a fee for vehicle entrance, but walking-ins and bikers stroll in for free.

A dog park also is located on the premises, so bring Fido along to play while you
picnic. Quiet Waters is open from 7a.m. to dusk and closed on Tuesdays. Call
the office at 410-222-1777 for more information.

2. Picnic at Home: While we often spend time at home inside, watching TV after
work or browsing the computer, make it a point to be outside by holding a picnic in your backyard. Drop off the kids and use that nice silverware, usually saved for special occasions.

Plan a theme for your picnic, whether it is romantic or relaxing. Remember to set up with essentials like bug spray, a trash bag, and wine, so that you don’t have to run back inside. Set the scene by choosing a table or blanket to set up on. Use lanterns or candles and grab a stereo with pre-selected music to fit the mood.

Use this time to just relax and enjoy nature or your loved one’s company.

3. Back Creek Nature Park: The recently developed Back Creek Nature Park
encompasses 12 acres of land on which nature trails, a picnic pavilion, and
kayak pier are located. This park is great for enjoying natural flora and fauna, while enjoying a packed picnic meal.

The park provides educational programs about watershed conservation and restoration, as well as the Osprey Nature Center, which has a living green roof. Located at 7314 Edgewood Road, enjoy a picnic and gaining more insight into the ecosystem we thrive within.

4. Jonas Green Park: Nestled beneath the Naval Academy Bridge, Jonas Green Park is perfect for a picnic. Named after Jonas Green, a mid-1700s poet, printer and newspaper editor, the park is tucked away and provides an amazing view of the Historic Annapolis area.

With indoor restrooms, picnic tables and no fees, spend time enjoying the breeze off the Severn River. Hours run from dawn-dusk, and fishing is allowed with proper permit registration. For questions or more information call the office at 410-
222-8820.

5. Truxtun Park: Located off of Hilltop Lane and spanning over 80 acres of land, Truxtun Park offers many options for spending a day out picnicking. Bring the family to enjoy the new Roger W. Pip Moyer Recreation Center, or spend time running between the skate park, sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, or playgrounds.

There are three picnic pavilions for rent if the tables don’t provide enough room to your party, but reservations are required. With a free parking lot, restrooms, numerous activities, and various boat and canoe ramps, Truxtun Park is the perfect place to hold a picnic day.

To reserve a pavilion call the Annapolis Parks and Recreation Department at
410-263-7958.

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