7 Great Picnic Spots (and Takeout) in Ridgefield

As the spring blooms explode around town, we’re bursting with excitement for strolls downtown, evenings in the park, and days spent outside. For those who love a meal al fresco, Ridgefield is your destination for a leisurely picnic. With dozens of places to grab take-out and even more scenic spots to sit and catch some rays, check out our top picks for a 5-star picnic this spring!

1. A Traditional Picnic at Ballard Park

It’s time to break out the red-checkered cloth and hope the ants aren’t too hungry! With Ballard Park’s sprawling, luscious green grounds, there’s more than enough space to lay out a blanket and enjoy a delicious meal. Bring the kids for a fun dinner under the setting sun while they run around the park.

Pair this lovely setting with gourmet prepared foods from Á Table, a French-inspired favorite boasting mouth-watering apps, entrees, sandwiches, and desserts. You’ll want to make this Ballard Park Picnic a frequent staple throughout the season

Ballard Park @desrosiersjanaina

2. Breakfast Bagels and Fine Art

Enjoy breakfast under the morning sun! Take a stroll down to The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, where you’ll be greeted by new, fascinating exhibits that are always in rotation. While the sculpture garden is currently under renovation until the fall of this year, visitors can still enjoy benches around the property to relax and take in the artsy view.

While you stimulate your mind, don’t forget about your stomach! Stop for a bagel from Fletch’s Bagels and Café. Try their homemade bagels, delicious flavors, and breakfast sandwiches to give your day the perfect start.

The Aldrich

3. Grab a Bite with a Book

Who loves to read a great book while enjoying a sunny day? We do! Check out the Ridgefield Library (and a book). There are benches all around and tables that lie between the library and the Prospector Theater. Savor the long-awaited warm weather and listen to the birds chirping while you delve into a new story. Grab a bite from Prime Burger, or BareBurger where your options are endless. Choose the burger of your dreams and a milkshake to finish. Enjoy the sunshine while you immerse yourself in a tantalizing story and a picnic lunch to match!

Ridgefield Library

4. Escape to The Marketplace

The Marketplace at Copps Hill is a favorite tucked-away escape. With a variety of shops and businesses, some with outdoor dining, and communal outdoor tables, it offers a quiet setting to enjoy a meal al fresco. Take a stop by Ross Artisanal Bread & Bakery for a mid-day sandwich built on the foundation of their delectable breads. Check out Ridgefield Prime Gourmet Butcher & Seafood Shop for their legendary prepared sides and prepared meals. If you’re in the mood for a fiesta, swing by Southwest Café for delicious tacos and festive drinks. Options galore are here at The Marketplace!

Marketplace at Copps Hill

5. Ice Cream Sundaes for All!

Whether you’ve been stuck at the office or running around at camp all day long, a fresh, homemade ice cream sundae is sure to excite even the pickiest of eaters. When in Ridgefield, stop by the beloved Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe for a gourmet selection of carefully crafted chocolates and desserts. Grab an assortment to enjoy with your favorite person while you stargaze, or share an ice cream sundae on their Main Street terrace and watch the crowds go by. Give yourself the sweets you deserve this spring!

Deborah Ann's by @lilhappyharbor
Deborah Ann's @icecream_confidential

6. A Trek with a Treat

Now that it’s warm we’re getting outside in all kinds of ways. Maybe you love to run, or maybe a bike ride is your go-to. Whichever way you move, head to the Ridgefield Recreation Center Trails to get your blood pumping before a relaxing picnic in a beautiful spot. Grab your favorite flavored coffee from the barista at Queen B, or a latte from Tazza Café. Both cafes have a unique selection of treats and sweets to satisfy, so you’ll never leave empty-handed. Get some caffeine in your system and take a hike to remember!

Ridgefield Rec Center @ping_harbeant_sun

7. New Trails and Pizza Pies

The beauty of Ridgefield gets easier to access each year, as new trails and preserved spaces pop up and flourish. The new Ligi’s Way Trail is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle while remaining close to the action! Take a load off after a long day on the plentiful new benches, with the sounds of birds and the setting sun warm upon your face at one of Ridgefield’s many beautiful trails. Continue the warm and round theme with a pizza from 850 Degrees Wood Fired Restaurant! Escape to Italy for a moment when you take a bite into their cheesy, delicious pies. Head over to Genoa Deli & Pizza for a top-rated calzone or pasta dish and let your worries melt away!

Nature trails

What is your favorite picnic in Ridgefield? Tag us @inRidgefield to share!

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