Looking forward to picnic weather in Birmingham? Here’s your starter pack.

Railroad Park. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Warm and sunny one day, but freezing and rainy another day. Welcome to Birmingham. When the weather’s just right and you need any excuse to get outside, grab your crew because we’re heading on a picnic.

First things first—you’re going to need supplies

Take a visit to your local outdoor store

All right, Birmingham. Let’s get some of those picnic essentials. Luckily, there are several one-stop-shops to make it easy. Here’s what we’ll need:

  • Cooler
  • Blanket
  • Lawn Chair

Birmingham is home to several locally owned outdoor stores. Here are some to get you started:

Mountain High Outfitters

Mountain High Outfitters
Mountain High Store in Cahaba Village. Photo via Matthew Niblett

Alabama Outdoors

Alabama Outdoors in Homewood. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

Mark’s Outdoors

Wait…that looks familiar. Photo via Mark’s Outdoors’ Facebook
  • Website | 1400 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

Check out your local thrift store for that dreamy wicker basket

What’s your go-to picnic set up? Photo via Unsplash

When I envision a picnic, I think of that classic wicker basket. If you’re wanting the ultimate, aesthetically pleasing experience, check out the following thrift stores that are sure to offers lots of worthwhile finds:

Sozo Trading Co.

  • Website | 4 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Lovelady Thrift Stores

America’s Thrift Store

Arguably the most important part—FOOD

Food is the main event at the picnic. I wish I could tell you the perfect picnic meal, but it really just depends on what you’re craving.

Obviously, food is the main event at a picnic. Find what you’re craving here.

Set the scene

Now it’s time to head to your destination. Are you looking for an urban vibe or something picturesque in nature? Birmingham has the perfect setting for each. Here are some spots around The Magic City that are picnic friendly.

Railroad Park

Birmingham, Railroad Park
Photo via Railroad Park on Facebook

Of course, we had to include Birmingham’s front lawn—Railroad Park. With ample amount of space to spread out and catch some incredible skyline views, this one is towards the top of my picnic locations list.

  • Location: 1600 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

The Vulcan Park and Museum’s lawn

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Two Birmingham originals: Vulcan and Wasabi Juan’s LHM Sushi Burrito. Photo by Bham Now

Did you know one of the coolest picnic spots was under the feet of The Vulcan? Head on up to the iron giant that overlooks Downtown Birmingham for some spectacular views.

  • Location: 1701 Valley View Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham, Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Want more of an oasis feel? Grab your crew and wonder around the dreamy landscape at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. When you reach your Insta-worthy spot, settle in and enjoy.

  • Location: 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223

Bessie Sears Estell Park

Bessie Estell Park. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Located in Glen Iris right next to the UAB Intramural Field, this park is named for Bessie Sears Estell, a long-time educator and the first African-American woman to sit on the Birmingham City Council.  It’s a great spot for kids, too, with plenty of room to run and a playground even I would give a try. The park is also wheelchair accessible.

  • Location: 901 8th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205

Moss Rock Preserve

Falls at Moss Rock Preserve. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Moss Rock Preserve makes for an adventure. Pack lightly if you want to venture down to the waterfall and enjoy some good eats in a tranquil setting.

Here’s a little inside tip. There are locally-owned restaurants at the entrance of Moss Rock, including Moss Rock Tacos & Tequila and Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato.

  • Location: 617 Preserve Way, Hoover, AL 35226

Sibyl Temple

Sibyl Temple in Vestavia Hills. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

It took me travelling up to Sibyl Temple in Vestavia for a photo shoot to realize that it’s actually the picture-perfect place for a picnic. As a public park, the site offers a beautiful view of Shades Valley—especially at dusk and dawn.

  • Location: 154 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

Need more inspo? Check out our recent guide to parks in Bham. In the meantime, keep up with fun, local news on social @bhamnow.

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Chaise Sanders
Chaise is a brunch-loving Content Producer and helps manage the Bham Now Instagram account.
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