Summer is here and the outdoors are beckoning. The Triangle is rich with opportunities to enjoy the arts and nature. We’ve gathered some of our favorite picnic spots, many of which feature live entertainment. Don’t miss out on the chance to dine alfresco with friends and sample all our area has on offer.
Audio Under the Stars
The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke hosts a summer audio series. Join the Center for stories under the stars. Bring a blanket and some chairs along with a picnic or purchase food and drinks there. This season’s theme is Metamorphosis: Tales of Transformation and Change.
Back Porch Music at American Tobacco Campus
Located in the heart of downtown Durham, the American Tobacco Campus features a variety of restaurants, a large lawn, a giant chess game and even hammocks. Check the Back Porch Music schedule to find the nights with live music hosted by WUNC. Pick up dinner at one of the restaurants in Tobacco Campus or stop by Lucky’s Delicatessen just a few blocks away. Don’t forget to look for the bee mural on the side of Burt’s Bees headquarters, and check out the observation hive there too. It’s managed by our friends at Bee Downtown. It’s a great spot to snap a selfie to post on Instagram.
Triangle Land Conservancy
Explore one or all seven of the Triangle Land Conservancy preserves located throughout the Triangle. Enjoy hiking, photography, or geocaching. The newest preserve, the George and Julia Brumley Family Nature Preserve, is just 2 miles southeast of Hillsborough. With over 600 acres to explore you will surely work up an appetite.
What could be better than to celebrate the lazy days of summer next to a lazy river. Find a shady spot on the banks of the Eno and maybe even bring a hammock. You’ll want to cool off in the river and perhaps take a walk on the trails. There’s a great swimming hole accessible from the West Point on the Eno, with lots of large rocks for enjoying a picnic. This picnic spot is dog friendly, just make sure to pack them a bowl and some fresh water.
Farther afield, Saturday’s in Saxapahaw
This artsy community hosts a family friendly Saturday music series that includes a farmer’s market. Grab some dinner at the market, you’ll usually find a variety of vendors offering tasty fare and a food truck or two. Or if you prefer, order takeout from the Saxapahaw General Store. Bring a bottle of mead, a blanket and chairs and grab a spot by the stage. If you have kids, make sure they wear their swimsuits. They’ll want to try the giant slip-n-slide. Check them in up at the slide when you arrive, each child will get a wristband with your cell number so that they can run free and explore while you relax. Note that dogs are not allowed, so leave your four-legged friends at home.
What’s your favorite picnic spot? We’d love to hear from you, share your suggestions with us on Twitter. Make sure to tag us @HoneygirlMead.