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Go-To Picnic Spots in 7 San Mateo County Parks

The last two years have highlighted just how important parks and open space are for our mental and physical health. Now, with everything opened up, we can nurture an appreciation for our parks with that favorite summertime activity – picnicking! So, cut up the watermelon and take your friends and family to these old and perhaps new favorites for some summer picnic fun.

Meadow View drop-in picnic area

Junipero Serra Park

Junipero Serra Park is lesser known but offers an array of fun family activities for passing a summer day, and you can bring your dog (on-leash) too. Check out the drop-in picnic areas near the Meadow View playground which boasts a spectacular 54-foot double slide that will thrill kids and grown-ups alike.

For a nice stretch after lunch you can learn more about the park along the short 0.4-mile Live Oak Nature Trail or catch some outstanding views from the top of Quail Loop Trail. If you seek shade for your large group picnic, reserve the Bay View Picnic Shelter, which as its name suggests, affords epic views of the bay.

$6 parking fee; self-guided tour available

Photo by Justin Bandor

San Bruno Mountain

San Bruno Mountain State and County Park has some of the best views on the Peninsula, especially of the San Francisco skyline. At the drop-in picnic areas near the main parking lot, there are barbecue pits, restroom facilities and an open grassy area that is popular for volleyball, frisbee, kite-flying or kicking back on a blanket.

After your picnic, you might choose to explore Saddle Loop Trail – a wide and relatively flat two-mile loop that offers the opportunity to point out landmarks or see what’s blooming.

$6 parking fee; self-guided tour available

Mirada Surf

California Coastal Trail at Mirada Surf, photo by Eric Steven Sevilla

If coastal views, bird watching and an easy stroll are your speed, then Mirada Surf is your picnic spot. And you can bring your dog on leash too! This 15-acre bluff offers gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean from one of several picnic tables along a section of the California Coastal Trail.

At Magellan Avenue, there are restrooms and a bike fix-it station. If you want to get your toes in the sand at low tide, you can do so at Surfers Beach. For a longer walk, stay on the Coastal Trail and either head north to Pillar Point Harbor or south toward Half Moon Bay beaches.

Group picnic area at Huddart Park

Huddart Park

Huddart Park, nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains, offers 24 miles of hiking trails through a mix of second growth redwood forest, evergreen forest and chaparral. The park includes a large meadow with a playground and sand volleyball courts (bring your own equipment) and a variety of picnic sites and shelters with barbeques, horseshoe pits and restrooms.

Check out the drop-in Madrone Picnic Area near trail marker 19 where you are surrounded by oak, madrone, coast redwood and brush. For a larger group, reserve the Redwood Picnic Area near trail marker 47 and enjoy the cool, shady redwood grove with a nearby, small amphitheater.

$6 parking fee; self-guided tour available

Memorial Park

Memorial Park is a perennial favorite for summertime family camping, as time spent amongst the redwoods is rejuvenating and fun. This historic park will soon turn 100 and campsites and picnic areas are receiving the royal treatment.

Photo by Rob Cala

Our favorite drop-in picnic spot is Legion Flat where one can lounge under first growth redwoods. Pescadero Creek runs nearby and is a perfect spot for wading and searching for invertebrates. A short walk down the Tan Oak Nature Trail gets you to the park’s largest redwood tree which is 225 feet and 1,600 years old!

$6 parking fee; self-guided tour available

Coyote Point

With a little something for everyone, Coyote Point Recreation Area is one of the most visited and easily accessible parks in the San Mateo County Parks system. Visitors love the 42-foot castle at Magic Mountain playground, riding their bikes along the Bay Trail, strolling around the marina or flying a kite in the grassy meadow. There is an abundance of picnic spots with barbecue grills, volleyball courts and horseshoe pits.

Picnicking near Magic Mountain Playground

For a drop-in picnic area, visit the upper knoll by the Captain’s House and then stroll over to the Merchant Marine Memorial overlook for gorgeous bay views. If you have a large group with kids, you can reserve one of 15 sites within the Magic Mountain Picnic Area. This gets you close to playgrounds, restrooms and year-round beach access thanks to the newly redone Promenade Trail.

$6 parking fee

San Pedro Valley Park

When it’s a foggy day on the coast, you can often find sunshine at San Pedro Valley Park, tucked in the foothills of Pacifica. Exploring some of the park’s 10 miles of hiking trails affords many pleasant surprises, such as ocean views, a seasonal waterfall, freshwater creeks and maybe a bobcat. For a spontaneous drop-in picnic area, check out the tables at the start of Trout Farm Trail and fuel up for your ascent to the top of Montara Mountain.

Old Trout Farm picnic area at San Pedro Valley Park

If you are seeking a spot for a large group, the reservable North and South Walnut Grove picnic areas offer a mix of shade and sun and are adjacent to a large grassy meadow. Bring your own equipment to enjoy a game of horseshoes or volleyball.

$6 parking fee; self-guided tour available





Castaic Lake State Recreation Area – Parks & Recreation

Castaic Lake State Recreation Area – Parks & Recreation


PAY ONLINE for vehicle and boat entry by clicking the button below to visit our reservation site.


Castaic Dam High Intake Tower Bridge Retrofit Project Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for public review at Castaic Lake’s park headquarters. Call the park to request viewing time, or you can view the document on the Department of Water Resources website here.


Vehicle Entry $12.00 Daily
Senior (65+)/Disabled Vehicle Entry $5.00 Daily
RV Permit $14.00 Daily
Bus Permit $35.00 Daily
Vehicle Annual $150.00/Year
Senior (65+)/Disabled Vehicle Annual $75.00/Year
Activity Vehicle Annual Pass
(for registered program participants only. Not valid holidays or special event days)
Non-Motorized $9.00 Daily
Motorized $13.00 Daily
Boat Annual – Motorized $135. 00/vessel
Boat Annual – Non–Motorized $105.00/watercraft
Senior (65+)/Disabled Boat Annual – Motorized $65/Vessel
Senior (65+)/Disabled Boat Annual – Non-Motorized $50.00/watercraft
Tent Camping $30.00/site/day
RV Camping $30.00/site/day
Dump Fee (For Non-Registered Campers) $7.00/dump


Now being Enforced. All watercraft launching at Castaic Lake will be inspected for aquatic invasive species. Boats must be 100% dry to pass the inspection and be allowed to launch. Watercraft not passing the inspection/water is found on the boat, trailer, motor or any compartments will not be allowed to launch for 7 days.


All boats and non-motorized watercraft will be inspected prior to launching.


Do Not Run Water through your engine/motor before coming to the lake. If it is not 100% dry, your boat will fail the inspection and not be allowed to launch for 7 days.


Part 1. Getting Started.

Part 2. Starting The Boat Inspection.

Part 3. Pulling The Plug.

Part 4. Getting In The Boat.

Part 5. Bass Boat Inspection


Castaic Lake’s Junior Lake Lifeguard Program provides a challenging and exciting open water environment which promotes an active and responsible lifestyle for participants ages 9-17. Lifeguard staff serve as mentors and impart their experience by leading hands-on activities. Youth are introduced to water safety, athleticism, teamwork and potential careers in aquatics. Participants learn from a variety of activities that range from first aid, CPR and water related rescue skills. LEARN MORE:

Please call the park office for more information.

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Acton Park

Acton Wash Wildlife Sanctuary

Adventure Park

Albatross Road Rest Area

Allen J. Martin Park

Alondra Community Regional Park

Alondra Golf Course

Alpine Butte Wildlife Sanctuary

Altadena Golf Course

Altadena Triangle Park

Amelia Mayberry Park

Amigo Park

Apollo Community Regional Park

Arcadia Community Regional Park

Athens Park

Atlantic Avenue Park

Avenue Park

Avocado Heights Park

Bassett Park

Belvedere Community Regional Park

Big Rock Wash Wildlife Sanctuary

Bill Blevins Park

Blackwill Equestrian Park

Blalock Wildlife Sanctuary

Bodger Park

Bosque del Rio Hondo Park

Butte Valley Wildflower Sanctuary

California High School Pool

Carl O. Gerhardy Wildlife Sanctuary

Carolyn Rosas Park

Castaic Lake State Recreation Area

Castaic Regional Sports Complex

Charles S. Farnsworth Park

Charles White Park

Charter Oak Park

Chester L. Washington Golf Course

City Terrace Park

Colonel Leon H. Washington Park

Compton Creek Walking Path Phase I

Countrywood Park

Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park

Dalton Park

Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center

Del Aire Park

Del Valle Park

Descanso Gardens

Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area

Dexter Park

Diamond Bar Golf Course

Don Knabe Community Regional Park

Don Knabe Golf Center and Junior Academy

Dr. Richard H. Rioux Memorial Park

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Recreation Area

East Rancho Dominguez Park

Eastside Eddie Heredia Boxing Club

Eaton Canyon Golf Course

Eaton Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center

El Cariso Community Regional Park

El Cariso Golf Course

El Parque Nuestro

Enterprise Park

Eugene A. Obregon Park

Everett Martin Park

Faith and Hope Park

Frank G. Bonelli Equestrian Center

Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park

Franklin D. Roosevelt Park

George Lane Park

George R. Bones Wildlife Sanctuary

George Washington Carver Park

Gloria Heer Park

Greater Whittier Aquatic Center

Hacienda Heights Community and Recreation Center

Hasley Canyon Equestrian Center

Hasley Canyon Park

Helen Keller Park

Highland Camrose Park

Hollywood Bowl

Jackie Robinson Park

Jackrabbit Flats Wildlife Sanctuary

Jake Kuredjian Park

Jesse Owens Community Regional Park

John Anson Ford Amphitheatre

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

Knollwood Golf Course

Knollwood Pool

La Mirada Community Regional Park

La Mirada Golf Course

Ladera Park

Lakewood Golf Course

Lario Staging Area

Loma Alta Park

Loma Alta Park Staging Area

Longview Wildlife Sanctuary

Los Amigos Golf Course

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Los Pinetos Rest Area

Los Robles Park

Los Verdes Golf Course

Lyman Staging Area

Maggie Hathaway Golf Course

Manzanita Park

Marshall Canyon Equestrian Center

Marshall Canyon Golf Course

Marshall Canyon Regional Park

Marshall Canyon Staging Area

Martin Luther King Jr. Fitness Garden 

Mary M. Bethune Park

McNees Park

Mescal Wildlife Sanctuary

Michillinda Park

Mira Vista Park

Mona Park

Monteith Parkway

Mountain Meadows Golf Course

Neenach Wildlife Preserve

Orange Grove Park

Pamela Park

Park Learning Grove County Park

Parque de los Suenos

Pathfinder Community Regional Park

Payne Wildlife Sanctuary

Pearblossom Park

Peck Road Water Conservation Park

Pepperbrook Park

Peter F. Schabarum Regional Park

Phacelia Wildlife Sanctuary

Pickens Canyon Park

Pico Canyon Park

Placerita Canyon State Park

Rimgrove Park

Rowland Heights Park

Roy Campanella Park

Ruben Salazar Park

Rueben Ingold Parkway

San Angelo Park

San Dimas Canyon Community Regional Park

San Dimas Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center

San Dimas Staging Area

San Fernando Recreation Park and Aquatic Center

San Jose Creek Overlook

Santa Anita Golf Course

Santa Catalina Island Nature Center at Avalon Canyon

Santa Catalina Island Regional Park

Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area

Saybrook Park

Schabarum Equestrian Center

Sorensen Park

South Coast Botanic Garden

Stephen Sorensen Park

Stoneview Nature Center

Sunshine Park

Ted Watkins Memorial Park

Tesoro Adobe Historic Park

Thomas S. Burton Park

Trailview Park

Tujunga Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary

Two Strike County Park

Val Verde Community Regional Park

Valley Center Staging Area

Valleydale Park

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park

Veterans Memorial Community Regional Park

Victoria Community Regional Park

Victoria Golf Course

Virginia Robinson Gardens

Walker Ranch Trailhead

Walnut Creek Community Regional Park

Walnut Nature Park

Washington Avenue Park

Weisburn Walking Path

Whittier Narrows Equestrian Center

Whittier Narrows Golf Course

Whittier Narrows Natural Area and Nature Center

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

William S. Hart Regional Park

William Steinmetz Park

Workman Mill Staging Area



Chester Washington

Diamond Bar

Don Knabe

Eaton Canyon

El Cariso


La Mirada


Los Amigos

Los Verdes

Maggie Hathaway

Marshall Canyon

Mountain Meadows

Santa Anita


Whittier Narrows


The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation has a long, proud history which has brought us to where we are today.

Prior to becoming the Department of Parks and Recreation, operations and facilities were managed by 1) the Parks Division, which was responsible for maintaining all physical aspects of parks under the Forester and Fire Warden’s Office, and 2) the Department of Recreation, Camps and Playgrounds which was responsible for administering all park programs.

On July 1, 1944, the Department of Parks and Recreation was created by ordinance and all functions were merged into this new Department. Since then, the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation has been meeting the recreational needs of residents and visitors from all over the world through programming, facilities, land acquisition and environmental stewardship and more!

Today, the Department owns 182 beautiful parks including natural areas, wildlife sanctuaries, lakes, trails, arboreta and botanic gardens and local, community and regional parks.  The Department also operates the largest municipal golf system with 20 courses at 18 locations and owns great cultural venues including the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre and the world famous Hollywood Bowl.

Creative and innovative recreational programming offers something special for every member of the family and a number of special events are held annually for the enjoyment of the entire community.

The Department is committed to providing social, cultural and recreational opportunities for all to enjoy!  The mission and goals of the Department are accomplished through unwavering support from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, County Chief Executive Office, partnerships with other County Departments, Friends Groups, Foundations, non-profit groups and other organizations and agencies and through a team of talented and dedicated employees and volunteers who understand completely how Parks Make Life Better!



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Antelope Valley Trails and Recreation Council

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Bonelli Park Support Foundation

California Parks and Recreation Society

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Center for Natural Land Management

Central Basin Municipal Water District

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Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles

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Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc.

Equestrian Trails International (ETI)

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Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

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Mountains Restoration Trust

National Recreation and Park Association

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Nature Centers Associates of Los Angeles County, Placerita Canyon

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Parks and Recreation Commission

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Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society

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25 picnic spots in Crimea

Editorial Localway

Summer is in full swing, the weather is beautiful and spending free time within four walls is a real crime. It’s good that you can even move your meal to open-air, both adults and children love picnics – this is a great opportunity to celebrate a holiday or arrange a date. Which place is well suited for a noisy company, and which is ideal for two, our guide will help you figure it out.


Massandra Palace in Yalta

Museum, Landmark, Monument of architecture

It would seem that not the most obvious place for a picnic is the Palace of Alexander III, located in Massandra, a suburb of Yalta. This palace is more beautiful and remarkable from the outside than from the inside. One of the indisputable charms is its surroundings – there are many shops, beautiful flower beds, mighty sequoias and a beautiful lawn framed by rose and rosemary bushes. The coziest place is a pair of benches located on the outskirts of a meadow under a hundred-year-old oak, to which a shady alley of slender pines leads from the stairs in front of the palace. Sometimes a semi-tamed fox comes here and patiently waits in the bushes for a meat delicacy to be shared with her. In the summer, towards the end of August, the grass is mowed in front of the palace and put into a haystack, on which children who are unaccustomed to such entertainment can lie.

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Upper Massandra, Upper Massandra


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Solar or Royal path in Yalta


A well-known path runs along the coast from the Livadia Palace, laid by the court physician for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and health promotion. The trail used to be called horizontal because it is located so evenly in the mountain landscape, without difficult slopes and heavy climbs. Along the way, there are benches where you can sit down and have a snack with sandwiches or fruits that you take with you. But still, the most important attraction is the snow-white gazebo-rotunda, located above the Nizhnyaya Oreanda sanatorium and Brezhnev’s dacha. From here you can see a beautiful view not only of the departmental park, but also of all the coasts, Yalta and even Bear Mountain. Here you can have a picnic, but you will not find benches in the gazebo, so you will have to bring a bedding with you.

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Gaspra, Gaspra


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Embankment named after Lenin in Yalta


The central pedestrian artery of the city, the coastal promenade can also become a picnic area, but not for sociopaths, because it is unlikely to be able to retire here. Although the density of passers-by can serve as an attraction for some, it’s almost like watching an unusual movie. The embankment in Yalta is divided by locals into Upper and Lower, because it is located on two levels. The lower embankment is equipped with wide wooden benches, designed as ledges in the rock – the supporting wall of the upper embankment. They are most often located on those wishing to have a small picnic as an alternative to the expensive open-air summer cafes located there. In the center of the embankment, the Upper and Lower parts are united by a wide staircase, along the edges of which there are many benches resembling an amphitheater descending to the sea – street musicians often perform here, and in the evenings it can be difficult to find a place to listen to an open-air concert.

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Embankment named after Lenin


embankment named after Lenin, Yalta


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Landmark, Landscape view

The highest point of the Crimean ridge near Yalta attracts many tourists. You can get here by cable car or by car. There are all conditions for recreation, including cafes and restaurants with local cuisine, among other things, offering takeaway food. Picnic lovers can take chebureks or pilaf and move a little away from this tourist booth to sit on soft grass in the shade of pine trees at any secluded point with a beautiful view of Yalta and coastal villages. Here you need to remember about safety and the possibility of landslides, so do not take risks and do not get too close to the edge of the cliff.

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Koreiz, Koreiz


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Vorontsovsky Park in Yalta

A park

Alupka is home to one of the largest and most beautiful parks in the Crimea, laid out according to the canons of English landscape architecture. For almost two centuries of existence, the trees in this park have reached an incredible scale, it seems that the spirit of history is hovering in every corner here. There are many secluded corners in the park where you can comfortably sit down for a picnic – benches near a pond with swans or a green lawn under sequoias overlooking Ai-Petri, or maybe a corner under overgrown strawberries or even stone chaos. Everyone can choose natural scenery to their liking.

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Massandra Beach


In the evening, when the beach is empty, many take drinks, snacks, a blanket or bedding with them and lay them out on the sectors located on the Massandra beach – from here a magical view of the night city opens, and the sea creates a unique, relaxing musical background. Therefore, there are so many romantic couples here, although noisy companies of night swimmers can also be found. Choose entertainment according to the season: watch the Perseids in August, listen to music from the next party that takes place here on weekends in July, or just thoughtfully throw stones into the sea. On the day of the city, which takes place on the second Saturday of August, there will be no free space on this beach at all – everyone traditionally comes here to watch the fireworks.

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Drazhinskogo, 31G, Yalta


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Nikitsky Botanical Garden

Park, Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden, located in the suburbs of Yalta, is visited not only by lovers of flora, but also by connoisseurs of park construction. There are many benches and alleys that allow you to relax and even have a mini-picnic with a beautiful view of the olive grove or the rose garden pond. The only caveat: you should not run across the lawns, as here a rare species of plants may appear under your foot.

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Nikitsky Botanical Garden


Nikita, Nikita


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Fishing Club “Red Stone”

Hunting and fishing

This area above Gurzuf in the village of Krasnokamenka is suitable for more organized groups who want to cook food on the grill or even catch fish and cook it during the picnic. At the foot of the Red Stone cliff there is a fishing club, on the territory of which there are several pavilions with barbecues, here you can arrange a family holiday or a corporate party in the form of a picnic overlooking the beautiful Bear Mountain.

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Hunting and fishing

Frunze lane, Krasnokamenka


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“Cossack Stan” in Yalta

Horseback riding

The stable “Kazachiy Stan”, located in the village of Gorny, has long attracted lovers of outdoor recreation. There is a stable here and a picnic area is equipped: there are gazebos and houses with barbecues and tables around the lake. There is also a paintball range nearby, so large companies often relax here after the game.

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Horse riding



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Vasilyevsky lake in Yalta

Hunting and fishing, Lake/pond, Horseback riding

This body of water in the suburbs of Yalta has long been a popular place for outdoor celebrations. City dwellers come here to barbecue, regardless of whether there is a reason or not. Around the lake there are houses and gazebos with barbecues and smokehouses. There is even a bathhouse and a stable, from here they organize walks to Uch-Kosh, the gorge of three mountains. You can fish in the lake by renting and paying for fishing. For the May holidays, places must be booked in advance, at least a couple of weeks in advance.

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Vasilevsky Lake


Subkhi, Vasilievka


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City beach in Balaklava


This beach is the least suitable for swimming, but it is very conducive to sit down and have a snack overlooking the narrow Balaklava bay. The beach is located at the very end of the promenade, in fact, these are concrete slabs, which the townspeople also use to enter the sea. There are many fast food kiosks and ice cream stalls around, which means that you don’t even need to prepare for a picnic in advance – everything can be bought on the spot. Directly above your head you will have the ruins of the Genoese Cembalo tower, to the right – the English embankment, opposite the entrance to the submarine base is guessed in the rock.

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City beach of Balaklava


Balaklava, Sevastopol


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Primorsky Boulevard in Sevastopol


Shady boulevard by the sea is the central place for walking in Sevastopol. On weekends, chess enthusiasts, families with children and couples in love meet here. Everyone has their own secretly limited parts of the boulevard: families with children usually walk right in front of the Aquarium, lovers hide under the Dragon Bridge, and chess players near the open theater closer to Nakhimov Square. There are many cozy benches in the park where you can sit down and have an impromptu picnic. In summer, you should definitely take soft ice cream for dessert from any stall on the boulevard.

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Primorsky Boulevard, Sevastopol


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Beach under Mikhailovskaya Battery


On the north side of the city there are several military fortifications of the century before last. Mikhailovsky ravelin is one of the most accessible. A boat-ferry, recovering from the Artillery Bay, goes directly to the pier near the battery. Near the pier-stop of this sea bus and at the foot of the ravelin there is a small beach with yellowish small pebbles, which offers an excellent view of the city center, it is quiet and calm here, and the ravelin itself serves as a beautiful decoration for memorable picnic photos to the sound of the sea surf.

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Mikhailovskaya Battery


Gromova, 51A, Sevastopol


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Cape Fiolent


Those who like to have a picnic with a view of the sea will love the rocky Cape Fiolent. An excellent solution is to turn off in front of the military unit and drive along a dirt road to a safe distance to the edge of a steep rocky coast. Turning the car to the sea, you can have a picnic right on the hood, watching the yachts and seagulls scurrying below. The only thing is that the descents to the sea are quite dangerous here, it is better not to conquer steep paths after a glass of something alcoholic.

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Cape Fiolent, Sevastopol


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Maksimova Dacha in Sevastopol


Sevastopol residents often go for a picnic in the park, located on the territory of an abandoned estate complex, created in the early twentieth century by the architect Feldman. Here you can play ball, badminton or run with a frisbee. And when you are hungry, spread out the blanket and get fruits and pies from the picnic basket, choosing a cozy place in the shade of trees. Be aware that there will be a lot of noisy companies here on weekends and it will not be so easy to choose a good place.

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“Fishing Village” in Simferopol

Hunting and fishing, Bathhouse and sauna

Large modern entertainment complex, located on the territory of 6 hectares. There are picnic gazebos, a fisherman’s lodge, lakes and a restaurant. The main thing is that everything is available to the residents of the city, in order to get here, you don’t have to overcome impregnable rocks or hard-to-reach dirt roads. You can have a picnic just on the grass by the lake or rent a comfortable gazebo. Also on site there is a stable, a mini-zoo and a gift shop.

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Hunting and fishing

Moscow highway, Simferopol


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Park “Salgirka” in Simferopol

Botanical Garden

This is the most beautiful park in Simferopol, proof of which is at least the fact that most of the wedding photo shoots in the city take place here. The park, which has the status of a botanical garden, surrounds the main Crimean university, it is properly looked after – there is a beautiful rose garden, ancient cedars and oaks have been preserved. Small lakes with ducks are hidden in the park, near which couples in love often have picnics. There are many sculptures made of glass and wrought iron scattered around the park, a huge plus is that this area is protected. Therefore, it is always clean and safe here.

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Botanical Garden. N.V. Bagrova

Botanical Garden

Akademika Vernadsky Avenue, 2, Simferopol


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Gagarin Park in Simferopol

A park

Not far from the Railway Station there is a large park with a lake and a canal in the center. There is even a family of ducks that can be fed with leftover bread from your picnic. In summer, you can ride a small catamaran on the lake; this trip will surely be remembered by children. Near the park there are many cafes and shops where you can buy food for a picnic.

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Park them. Yu.A. Gagarin


Park im. Yu.A. Gagarina, Simferopol


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pear lake

Hunting and fishing, ATVs, Horseback riding

A favorite resting place from civilization among Simferopol residents. A large forested area is conducive to walks, comfortable wooden gazebos with barbecue facilities are located near the water and in the park area. For those who decide to stay longer there are log cabins. Arriving here, you want to spend the whole day here, admission is free if you do not occupy the gazebo, but just walk. You won’t get bored even if you are with a small company – there is also a wood-fired sauna, horseback riding, ATV rides, and children’s and sports grounds for the most energetic.

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Horse riding

Pond, Klinovka


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Denisovskaya Ostrich Farm

Hunting and fishing, ATVs, Horseback riding

In addition to the direct interest in ostriches, people come to this farm to relax in nature and have a picnic. All conditions have been created here for this – you can use small houses with barbecues and tables built on the shore of the lake. In the lake, you can catch fish by renting fishing rods, and then fry it on the grill. There is also an opportunity to buy an ostrich egg and diversify your meal, one egg is enough for five people. In addition, there is a wonderful playground, and horseback riding is organized.

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Denisovskaya ostrich farm

Horse riding

Solnechnaya, 57, Denisovka


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Valley of Ghosts in Radiant


The natural open-air museum in the village of Luchistoy nad Alushta is widely known to travelers. Bizarre forms of weathering have turned the stones here into unusual figures, which can be endlessly invented names. One of the large stones, lying flat side up, local guides call the “table”, a little straightforward, of course, but it’s as if nature itself invites you to a meal with an unforgettable view of Alushta.

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Valley of Ghosts


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Aivazovskoye park

A park

Partenit, a monument of landscape art, attracts many visitors every year. Despite the fact that the main works on the improvement of the park were carried out not so long ago, a part of the park that belonged to Prince Raevsky has also been preserved, the olive grove was laid out more than 200 years ago. There are many secluded corners, benches and gazebos that are the best suited for a romantic picnic. In summer you can use the beach, which undoubtedly adds points to this place.

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Vasilchenko, 1A, Alushta


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Head of Bear Mountain

Landmark, Landscape view

A popular option for a secluded picnic in the Crimea is to rent a boat and go to a place inaccessible to pedestrians, landing from the sea. In Partenit, on the city beach, there are carriers who will take you on a motor boat to the head of the Bear Mountain, there, among the large stones, you can find a place for swimming, have a picnic or even fry kebabs, if you take the coals with you, and, of course, take garbage.

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Bungalow on the beach “Cote d’Azur” in Evpatoria


A beach holiday in Crimea means practically moving to the seashore for the whole day, so many beaches are equipped in such a way that people get all the amenities without leaving the sea’s edge. On the “Cote d’Azur” it is forbidden to bring your own products, but there is a dining room and a cafe where food can be ordered directly to the bungalow.

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Cote d’Azur


Kyiv, Evpatoria


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Jubilee Park in Feodosia

A park

Right in the center of Feodosiya there is a shady park with lots of shops and sights. Residents of the city come here to play with their children and relax, here you can have a quiet picnic, of course, without alcohol and bonfires. The park contains the Aivazovsky Fountain and the Konstantinovskaya Tower, built in the 14th century. Here you can often listen to street musicians and there is even a dance floor called Pyatak.

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Jubilee Park, Feodosiya


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11 places near Ufa where you can visit in one day – May 2, 2021


Aslykul and Sharlama waterfall

Aslykul is also called the “Bashkir Sea”

Distance from Ufa : 140 km (about 2 hours by car).

District: Davlekanovsky. Near the villages of Alga or Yangi-Turmush.

How to get there: by car you need to go along the route Ufa – Chishmy – Davlekanovo – Yangi village – Turmush. You can take the train from Ufa to Davlekanovo (runs 6 times a day), then by regular bus to the station “D. Alga. There are also regular buses from the Southern Bus Station of Ufa to Davlekanovo.

Is it possible with children? Definitely yes!

What to see?

Everyone should definitely see the “Bashkir Sea” (that’s what people call Lake Aslykul)! In summer, the shore of the lake turns into a real resort area (people live by the lake for weeks in tents or at recreation centers), but in the spring, beauty lovers flock to it. The area of ​​the lake is 23.5 square kilometers, the water in it is always clear and clean. Magical landscapes will please the tourist’s eye: on one side, the lake is surrounded by mountains, rocks and green hills, restless seagulls scream, there are often waves and surf (why not the sea coast?) There are equipped picnic areas. There is simply no better place to spend a day in nature! If you get to Aslykul, be sure to visit another tourist attraction – the Sharlama waterfall. It is located 4 kilometers from the lake, near the village of Burangulovo. In spring, the waterfall is especially beautiful – water breaks down from a height of 12 meters, and in summer the flow intensity decreases, sometimes it even dries up.

Also, don’t forget to get some water in the equipped spring near the lake near the village of Alga: it is a sulfate-calcium mineral spring, the water in it is healthy and tasty (some tourists stock up on water there, arriving with huge 10-liter bottles).



Kuk-Karauk waterfall and Kalim-Uskan rock

Salavat Yulaev’s cave is located in the rock

Distance from Ufa : 170 km (more than 2 hours by car).

District: Ishimbai. Near the village of Makarovo.

How to get there: by car you need to go along the route Ufa – Sterlitamak – Makarovo – then along the old Beloretsky tract (country road). You can take a regular bus from Ufa to Sterlitamak, then from the Sterlitamak bus station by bus to Makarovo (they run three times a day), then on foot.

Is it possible with children? Children under adult supervision.

And here is the waterfall itself

What to see?

Kuk-Karauk is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bashkortostan (a monument of nature!), and in spring it becomes the most powerful and full-flowing. The height of the fall of water, if you sum up all the cascades, is 12 meters. In summer, this place turns into a real tropical jungle. Another attraction that you need to visit is the remains of a stone bridge built during the reign of Catherine II and which is part of the ancient Beloretsk (Verkhneuralsky) tract. On the way to the Kuk-Karauk waterfall, you will certainly see the most beautiful rocks, and one of them, the most famous, is the Kalim-Uskan rock, 70 meters high. To admire the most beautiful view of the surroundings, you can climb to the top of the cliff – a convenient path leads there. In the rock itself there is another popular and must-see tourist site – a shallow cave with an interesting history – the cave of Salavat Yulaev. It can also be accessed by anyone. Don’t forget flashlights!

Important! When visiting the Kuk-Karauk waterfall, the Salavat cave and the Kaklim-Uskan cliff, do not stop watching the children – if safety precautions are not followed, these places can be traumatic.



Spring Red Key

Few people know that if you go a little further into the forest, you can see the second spring, although it is slightly smaller

Distance from Ufa : 120 km (about 1.5 hours by car).

District: Nurimanovsky. Near the village of Red Key.

How to get there: by car you need to go along the route Ufa – Iglino – Krasnaya Gorka – Chandar – Red Key. Regular buses run from Ufa to the village.

Is it possible with children? Absolutely!

What to see?

Haven’t seen a hydrological natural monument of federal significance yet? The second largest source of drinking water in Europe? You need to leave immediately! The source of the Red Key springs from the ground, forms a whole lake of water that does not freeze in winter, and all year round the water in it is icy and has a magical turquoise-emerald hue. In addition, the water in the source is very useful – bicarbonate calcium. Relatively recently, the place near the source was landscaped: walking areas, benches appeared, a small hydroelectric power station was built. There is also a plant for bottling drinking bottled water, and you can buy delicious water in any store in the republic.



Helicopter Cave (Akhmerovskiy failure)

The cave is not visible from the side, but visible from the air

Distance from Ufa : 70 km (about an hour by car).

District: Aurgazinsky district. Near the village of Akhmerovo.

How to get there: by car you need to go along the R-240 Ufa – Orenburg route Ufa – Ishly – Akhmerovo and then follow the signs for about 1 km. Regular buses run from Ufa to the village of Ishla, then on foot.

Is it possible with children? Children under adult supervision.

What to see?

The helicopter cave is a huge hole 40 meters deep and 80 meters in diameter in flat ground, which is not visible from the outside, but visible from the air (that’s how the cave was discovered). The length of this karst cave is almost 1800 meters, but only speleologists with special equipment can fully pass it. It also turned out that part of the cave passes under water, and now cave divers have chosen it. Previously, it was even possible to go down into the cave only with equipment and ropes, and the entrance to it was closed for a long time. Now, an iron staircase has been made up to the first level, and you can visit the cave (not so deep) even with children. But still, it is worth remembering that the height of the descent is decent, and precautions will not hurt. You also need to be prepared for the fact that in the spring time the cave can be dirty, but for any child, visiting such a huge cave will be a real adventure!



Blue Lake

Zyangar Kul is a hydrological monument of nature

903 67 Distance from Ufa : 50 km (less than an hour by car).

District: Karmaskaly. Near the village of Novomusino.

How to get there: by car you need to go along the R-240 Ufa — Orenburg route Ufa — Novomusino and then 1–2 km. Regular buses run from Ufa to the turn to Novomusino village, then on foot.

Is it possible with children? Needed!

What to see?

Blue Lake (Zyangar Kul) is a hydrological natural monument of regional significance. It is located near Ufa and has long been a favorite vacation spot for Ufa residents. Surprisingly, the water in the lake never freezes, its temperature is about +5 degrees all year round, and the color of the water is emerald blue, and it is always crystal clear. The fact is that the lake is constantly fed with water from underground sources, and it always remains icy. Only the brave can dare to swim in the lake! But to climb the rocks near the Blue Lake and admire the magnificent views (after all, the Uzen River winds beautifully near the lake), and then everyone can climb in the karst caves, which are very numerous nearby. Of course, this is a wonderful, safe and very beautiful place for a picnic and a weekend getaway with the whole family!



Shikhany Toratau, Yuraktau and Kushtau

Shikhany is a real open-air geological museum

Distance from Ufa : from 115 km (more than an hour by car).

District: Ishimbay and Sterlitamak districts.

How to get there: by car you need to go along the R-240 highway along the route Ufa – Sterlitamak, then depending on the chosen shikhan: if to Yuraktau, then we go to the village of Ishparsovo; if Toratau, then we go to the village of Karaiganovo; if Kushtau – we go to the village of Urnyak. By bus from the Southern bus station from Ufa, you can take a bus to Sterlitamak or Ishimbay, then transfer to local regular buses.

Is it possible with children? Children under adult supervision.

What to see?

Would you like to visit the open-air geological museum? Then choose your favorite handsome shihan – and go! It may not be possible to drive around all three in one day, but it is quite possible to capture a couple. Shikhany is a truly unique place, a natural monument. These are single mountains, which are the remains of a barrier reef formed in the warm sea (Ural Ocean) as much as 250 million years ago! That is why here you can see fossilized marine life – corals, brachiopods, sponges, etc. Well, aren’t they miracles? In addition to the fact that these mountains have an interesting history, each shikhan offers an incredible view of the surroundings. Even a child can climb to the top of the shikhan (relative to the ground, their height is small, about 300 meters), but the terrain is often loose, so you need to be careful and be sure to take clothes that protect you from the wind at the top. All shikhans are located on the right bank of the Belaya River, which means that after climbing you can have a great picnic and relax by the pond.



Pavlovsk Reservoir and Red Rocks

A gorgeous view opens up from the rock

Distance from Ufa : 107 km (about 1.5 hours by car).

District: Nurimanovsky.

How to get there: by car you need to go along the route Ufa — Pavlovka. Regular buses 9 run from the northern bus station of Ufa to the village of Pavlovka0369

Is it possible with children? Yes!

What to see?

Everyone has heard about the beauties of the Pavlovsk Reservoir – it is the largest body of water in the republic and, at the same time, an excellent place for fishing, rafting, “swimming” on boats and various interesting recreation for the whole family. But not everyone knows that there are Red Rocks near the village of Pavlovka. They offer a beautiful view of the Ufa River and the Pavlovsk hydroelectric power station. Finding the Red Rocks is easy: you need to get to the church in the village of Pavlovka, and turn right at the church, to the cliff along the dirt road (signs are installed). On the way back from Pavlovka, be sure to stop by the Uspensky St. George Monastery (“Holy Bushes”), which is located near the village of Usa-Stepanovka. This is a place of incredible beauty and powerful energy. The territory of the monastery is well-groomed and landscaped, and everyone who has been there notes the unique atmosphere of this place.



Lake Kandrykul

Kandrykul is the second largest lake in the republic after Aslykul

Distance from Ufa : 149 km (about 2 hours by car ).

District: Tuymazinsky.

How to get there : by car you need to go along the route Ufa – Kandry along the M5 highway. By regular bus from Ufa from the Southern bus station to the village of Kandry, then 3.5 km on foot or by taxi to the lake.

Is it possible with children? Great idea!

What to see?

The second largest lake in the republic after Aslykul is also a must-see. Kandrykul (whose area, for a moment, is a little less than 16 sq. km) is famous for its purest water, so in the summer season the lake becomes a real attraction for tourists from our and neighboring regions. Dozens of recreation centers are scattered along the shore of the lake, but just setting up a tent or frying barbecue in specially designated places is a great idea. It’s also a good plan to cycle around the lake with picnic breaks. You can also rent boats and SUP surfs on the lake, and there are beautiful views from the top of the hills near the lake.



Askinskaya Ice Cave

Do not forget warm clothes — inside the Askinskaya cave -4 degrees

Distance from Ufa : 133 km (more than 2 hours by car).

District: between Arkhangelsk and Gafury districts. Near with. Askino.

How to get there: by car you need to go along the Ufa route – turn to the Beloretskaya highway, to the village of Arkhangelskoye, then turn to the village of M. Gorky, then to the village of Askino. By regular bus from Ufa from the South Bus Station to the village of Askino, buses run 1 time per day.

Is it possible with children? Children under adult supervision.

What to see?

Want something different? Then you definitely need to visit the Aska Ice Cave! A huge 100-meter hall 26 meters high, which is filled with unique ice stalagmites that look like bizarre human figures, and a huge 15-meter ice column in the middle will definitely amaze the imagination of any tourist! It should be remembered that visiting the cave requires the utmost care from adults and children, because. the floor of the cave is covered with ice all year round. And do not forget warm clothes, because the temperature inside the Askinskaya cave is -4 degrees. The area next to the cave was completely ennobled not so long ago: benches, gazebos, walkways appeared, so this is another great place to go on a day off.



Abzanovsky Mirror Waterfall

During the rainy season, the waterfall “weeps” in full force

90 002 Distance from Ufa : 90 km (just over an hour by car).

District: Arkhangelsk. Near the village of Abzanovo.

How to get there: by car you need to go along the route Ufa – turn to the Beloretskaya highway, to the village. Arkhangelsk, then towards the village of Abzanovo, then to the village of Asy, then on foot to the waterfall. You can also take the Ufa-Inzer train to the station “22nd kilometer” and then on foot.

Is it possible with children? You can.

What to see?

The waterfall is located on the Weeping Stone rock on the banks of the Inzer River. In spring, the waterfall falls in a powerful stream from a height of 6 meters, but in summer it can dry up almost completely, and the water flows down the moss-covered rock, creating a mirror effect (hence the name “mirror”). You can get to the waterfall by rafting to the opposite shore by boat. From the cliff, there is an excellent view of the surroundings. The coast of Inzer near the village of Abzanovo is very picturesque and perfect for a small barbecue right overlooking the waterfall.



Healing springs in the village. Krasnousolsk

Krasnousolsk resort is famous for its salty hydrogen sulfide waters

Distance from Ufa : 133 km (more than 2 hours by car).

District: Gafury.

How to get there: by car you need to go along the route Ufa – Sterlitamak, then to the village of Tolbazy, turn to Darino, drive through Tabynskoye and to the village. Krasnousolsk. By regular bus from Ufa from the South bus station to the village. “Krasnousolsk”, buses run 6 times a day.

Is it possible with children? Quite!

What to see?

Sanatorium “Krasnousolsk” is a well-known hospital in the republic. But these places gained fame thanks to the Tabynsk Icon of the Mother of God, which was found on a stone in the 16th century near the source. Now the icon is one of the most revered Orthodox shrines (healing properties are attributed to it), a convent was built on the site of its acquisition. The Church of the Tabynsk Icon of the Mother of God was erected on the hill, which we also recommend visiting. The Krasnousolsky resort is known for its salty hydrogen sulfide waters, now several baths are equipped there.