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Photo by Amadou Kromah

Plan a Picnic

Fill your basket with local goodies and lay down a blanket.


You’ve been taking your food to-go, now take it outside. Blue skies, glistening lakes and fabulous weather are the perfect backdrop to enjoy local restaurants, artisan snacks and a cold beverage or two. 

Where to Picnic

Where NOT to picnic? We have 260 parks and green spaces that are calling your name. We know it's a lot, so narrow it down by location and amenities.

What to Eat

You're in the right city. Madison is known for its restaurant scene. And fortunately, many places offer carryout. Check out our list of restaurants, and search for what sounds good today. Want some recommendations? Send us a message on Facebook. We love to talk about food.

Special Picnic Offerings

Use the search below to find a variety of great picnic offerings from our partners.



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