During the warm summer months, one of the best ways to take advantage of the gorgeous Montana weather is by having a picnic. Everyone loves socializing with friends and eating delicious food, and the only way to make the combination better is to enjoy it somewhere beautiful, like one of Billings breathtaking outdoor sites. If you are looking for a place to have a picnic in Billings, check out the list below. At each, you can relax, refuel, take in gorgeous sites all at once.
There is nowhere better for a picnic than a good, old-fashioned, traditional park, and Pioneer Park is one of Billings’ best. Pioneer Park is located in the heart of Billings, convenient to any of Billings’ best restaurants and attractions nearby. Pioneer Park is set on a lush 32-acres, and it is home to many recreational facilities – including a wading pool, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, walking trails and lots of fields for sports. Pioneer Park has great picnic facilities, which include tables, trash, restrooms, and barbecue grills. Come stake out a table at one of the official picnic areas, or bring a blanket and enjoy your picnic on the lush green grass. Pioneer Park is one of Billings’ jewels, and picnickers of all ages are sure to love spending an afternoon here.
Kids may snicker about its name, but South Park is a beautiful public park located within the city limits of Billings. South Park is home to 16 acres of land and facilities – including a swimming pool, playground, basketball courts, and lots and lots of green space. The park is also home to official barbecue areas, but if you want to enjoy a picnic, try checking out the South Park Gazebo, a beautiful, centrally-located structure, offering lots of seating and tables and ample amounts of shade. The gazebo was recently reconstructed and restored to its original splendor, marking the parks centennial celebration, and it offers 40 feet of shade and gathering space underneath its roof.
Lake Elmo State Park is located in the northern part of Billings, and it is a 64-acre reservoir that is best known for its water sport opportunities. Lots of people visit Lake Elmo to sail, swim, windsurf, or canoe, and it is also home to one of the city’s best fishing areas. However, Lake Elmo is also a great spot for a picnic, since the park offers lots of picnic tables, drinking water, restrooms, and areas to camp out on blankets. The view of Lake Elmo is beautiful, and you can usually catch some impressive water sports and enjoy the cool lakefront breeze while you’re there. There is a $5 vehicle to enter the park, but picnickers are welcome to come enjoy the area year-round.
Although it is not technically located in Billings, one of the most interesting and beautiful locations for a picnic is Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, located just 60 miles away. The Little Bighorn Battlefield Monument marks the spot of the June 25, 1876 battle of Little Big Horn, an important battle between U.S. Soldiers and several thousand Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. The monument includes a visitors center, museum, book store, road tour, walking trail, memorial and cemetery. You can’t picnic while you tour the historic parts of the monument, but you can enjoy a picnic on several lawns throughout the park – including the lawn in front of the Stone House, the lawn in front of the cemetery, and the mowed grass area the Reno-Benteen Site. A trip to Little Bighorn is worth it for any person who is interested in their American heritage; traveling here is a great way to make your picnic educational and fun.
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