The grass needs cutting, gorgeous bushes bloom and allergies to nature’s own brand of confetti — in the form of pollen — kick into overdrive. Yes, spring in North Carolina is magical — so much so that it can inspire some extra-special adventures with your family in the great outdoors. Nothing says “spring” or “quality time” quite as well as a meal shared in the form of a neatly packed picnic. Or, it could be a disheveled one. The point is to spend this time in nature with loved ones.
TOP PICNIC SPOTS
The Charlotte area offers perfectly picturesque picnic locations come spring — whether you’re at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden for a piece of outdoor sanctuary or Jetton Park hitting up a little slice of a beach on Lake Norman. Other honorable mentions include Latta Park and Freedom Park in Dilworth, and Romare Bearden Park or First Ward Park uptown.
Other scenic spots: Independence Park for its view of uptown and playground, and Colonel Francis Beatty Park for a picnic by the playground, and bike trails by the lake.
Yvonne Madden of Charlotte is stepmom to Ivy, an aspiring young chef. Madden and her stepdaughter use any opportunity they can to spend time together in the kitchen. Madden’s Vietnamese heritage drives her love of delicious, fresh foods, so her suggestions for picnic