Four Favorite Picnic Spots In The Northland Of KC

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Four Favorite Picnic Spots In The Northland Of KC


As the sun begins to bring out the daffodils and tulips, why not pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the warmer weather? Kansas City offers a great variety of parks, playgrounds, and natural areas. Here are some of our favorite picnic spots in the Northland!




English Landing

Location: 173 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152

English Landing is charming park that winds alongside of the Missouri River. Situated in downtown Parkville, you can grab yourself a latte at Parkville Coffee, and then enjoy a stroll along the park’s 5 miles of beautiful paths. This park is a favorite among runners, with a flat path offering beautiful scenery. Sunsets over the river are stunning. English Landing also features two playgrounds, a soccer field, a volleyball court, baseball diamonds, a large dog park, as well as picnic shelters (some including BBQ grills) so be sure to pack a lunch!

During the summer, you can enjoy many festivals down at English Landing, such as Parkville River Jam in June, a large Fourth of July Festival, and the Parkville Days festivities held in August. During the spring – fall months, you can also find the Parkville Farmer’s Market at the entrance of English Landing Park on Saturday mornings.

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Shoal Creek Living History Museum

Location: 7000 Northeast Barry Road, Kansas City, MO  64156

Why not pack a little bit of history into you picnic basket? The Shoal Creek Living History Museum is found in beautiful Hodge Park, and features twenty-one structures with seventeen authentic 19th century buildings dating from 1807-1885. If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot some of the museum’s buffalo herd grazing in their pasture as you enter the park.

Set up lunch on a picnic table shaded by the beautiful tree groves nestled next to one of the historic buildings, or lay out a blanket and enjoy sandwiches and fruit in front of the Blacksmith shop, or next to the flower garden. You can also enjoy a fun nature hike on the forest trail that begins behind the historic church building. The Living History Museum is free to enter and view buildings from the outside. However, there are several events held throughout the year in which you can tour inside of the buildings, and enjoy re-enactments, skits, and demonstrations.

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Oak Grove Park

Location:  7600 N Troost Ave. Kansas City, Missouri 64118

Oak Grove is the perfect spot for a picnic at the playground. With 12 picnic tables as well as a shelter next to a large playground and huge grass field, a perfect summer (or spring or fall) day can be had here. Walk down to the pond to watch the geese, enjoy a stroll on the park’s half-mile paved pathway, or even catch a live performance at the amphitheater on a summer evening! Click here to see theatre events.




Macken Park

Location: North Kansas City (see map)

Macken park is a favorite for those looking to enjoy some fun outdoor sports after their picnic lunch. With three baseball/softball fields, two soccer fields, six tennis courts, two basketball courts, four racquetball courts, a one-mile asphalt walking trail, a one-half mile roller-blading trail, and two playgrounds, Macken is packed full of fun activities for the family or a group. Four large shelters are also available for reservation, so go ahead and turn it into a picnic potluck!


Whether you are looking for a quick picnic spot during your lunch hour, or planning to spend a saturday afternoon out enjoying Kansas City’s natural beauty, these favorite picnic spots in the Northland are sure to provide a charming backdrop to your picnic.


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