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May 15, 2019


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7 Best Spots For A Picnic In Austin

Did you know 40 million Americans struggle with food insecurity? I’ve partnered with Walmart for their 6th annual “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” campaign to help end food insecurity across the US by partnering with Feeding America®. 


When you purchase select items at your local Walmart store or at Walmart.com, you’ll help secure a meal through Feeding America for families in need. The best part is these are items that you’re already purchasing like Cinnamon Toast Crunch breakfast cereal, CLIF Bars, Cheez-It crackers, and more.



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For every participating product purchased at Walmart between now and May 20th, 2019, the manufacturer will donate $0.10 to Feeding America® – enough to secure at least 1 meal on behalf of local food banks – up to each manufacturer’s maximum donation. Each manufacturer’s maximum donation is provided on the participating packages. See package or Walmart.com/FightHunger for details.



Here are a couple of my favorite snacks for a picnic – each of these are participating products where Walmart will donate $0.10 to Feeding America®!

5 Best Spots For A Picnic In Austin

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off the shoulder dress from Walmart

It’s been a rainy May in Austin but that means we’ll have several cool weeks before the Texas heat hits for the summer, which means it’s the picnic season! I’ve rounded up my favorite spots to picnic in Austin.


360 Bridge Overlook in Austin

360 Bridge Overlook in Austin


Every time I visit the 360 bridge overlook I’m always surprised by the stunning view! It’s a short hike up the stone steps – they are slippery so I recommend wearing tennis shoes.

5300 N. Capital of Texas Highway



Mueller Lake Park has a spacious green lawn in front of the lake for picnic blankets and several picnic tables.

4550 Mueller Blvd.



Zilker Park is probably the most popular spot for a picnic in Austin. Pack a picnic basket and blanket and pick your spot in the 358 acres! A lot of people do bring their dogs on the weekends and let them run off leash so don’t be surprised if a furry friend joins your picnic.

2100 Barton Springs Road



I just hiked the Greenbelt a couple of weeks ago and wish I packed a picnic with me because I got so hungry! Mark sure to lock your car if you park along the side of the road and pack sunscreen, bug spray, water, and food. Try hiking to the Twin Falls for a true oasis experience – it’s about a one hour hike.

3918 S. Mopac Expy



If you can make it up 102 (plus or minus a few) steps to Mount Bonnell with all your picnic snacks, you’ll be rewarded with an incredible view of Austin. I recommended going around 7pm to catch the sunset. 

3800 Mount Bonnell Rd.


Doug Sahm Hill Summit in Austin, Texas

Doug Sahm Hill Summit

Walk up this circle path up to Doug Sahm Hill Summit for an incredible view of downtown Austin. The view at night is even more spectacular with all the lights. 

Doug Sahm Hill Path, Austin, TX



You can picnic at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria! The Laguna Gloria is a restored 1916 Mediterranean style villa that was built by Texas legend Clara Driscoll that is now a fourteen-acre sculpture garden. Pack a lunch and picnic in the sculpture garden!

TICKETS: Admission is $10 for adults that covers entrance fee to both Johnes Center on Congress Avenue and Laguna Gloria

3809 W 35th St, Austin, TX, thecontemporaryaustin.org

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Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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