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    7 Unconventional Picnic Spots

    By By Judi Gerber
    June 18, 2013, 6:39:52 AM EDT

    With the summer solstice officially starting Friday, June 21, and July being National Picnic Month, why not kick your picnic planning into high gear?

    As we all know, there are many ways and places to picnic, there’s always the traditional route, bringing a blanket and picnic basket or cooler with your favorite goodies and heading to the local park, beach or lake.

    But, if you want to do something different that will make a more lasting memory, why not think outside the picnic basket. Think of places and events that you visit while on vacation, or even around town that you typically wouldn’t think of as an outdoor activity, but that might have beautiful outdoor areas around them. In the process you might discover a new, favorite place to picnic.


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    Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

    Picnic on a rooftop. Whether you are on vacation, or in the middle of your work day, you can find a nice quiet spot to dine and take in the views of the city skyline. Many downtown buildings have rooftop gardens, outdoor sculpture and fountains, and some even have rooftop bars or cafes that do the work for you. Take advantage and dine al fresco.

    Museums, galleries, and even historic buildings or sites. Before people say I am encouraging them to break the rules, I mean outside the building, not inside near the precious artifacts or art. Most have beautiful grounds, with sculptures or outdoor art, and benches for sitting and refreshing oneself. Historic buildings also have gardens and other interesting things outside to explore that make for an unforgettable picnic experience. Many art galleries have sculpture gardens and are even located in a park or park-like setting.

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