Plan a Soda City picnic

Picnic under the historic live oaks on the horseshoe.

When it comes to scenic locations to picnic, the Soda City’s got them. From historic gardens and riverfront spots, to convenient options for a quick bite to eat, it can be easy to plan an outdoor meal with friends + family. 

🧀 Build your menu with local charcuterie boards

  • Abundant Graze | Choose from a variety of prebuilt boxes that include cheeses, pickles, nuts, and crackers. Try this: Order a dessert box of sweets for a balance of salty + sweet snacks. 
  • The Art of Charcuterie | Options range from Tuscan pizza to individual boxes filled with fresh fruits and veggies. 
  • Salt and Oak | Fill out the online form and choose the box that fits your needs filled with artisan ingredients and a seasonal arrangement.

💐 Pick out the decor

  • Set the scene at your picnic with a colorful bloom of flowers from Fern or choose from the summer bouquets at Blossom Shop.
  • What’s a picnic without a vintage basket? Stop by Old Mill Antique Mall and choose from the selection of baskets, or pick up a vintage blanket or quilt
  • Mast General Store on Main Street has you covered with picnic-related items ranging from sweets + spreads to blankets and a wide selection of outdoor items

🌳 Choose the perfect spot 

  • Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. | It’s just a short walk to the riverfront where you’ll find a field next to the river to unfurl a blanket and soak up some sun. 
  • Page Ellington Park, 2220 Gregg St. | Bring your dog and let them play in the dog park while you set your spread under one of Bull Street’s old oak trees
  • Robert Mils Historic District, Seibels House, Robert Mills, Hampton-Preston | Choose a scenic spot in the gardens among the heirloom plantings of native plants. Pro tip: Each location has different hours and days when the gardens are open to the public, so be sure to check before you go. 
  • UofSC Horseshoe | Bring a book and a snack to enjoy the historic horseshoe shaded by 26 varieties of trees

🍿 Picnic Hacks

  • Picnic Popup SC | The perfect option for picnic parties, Picnic Popup SC will set up a private outdoor experience for you complete with food + activities. 
  • Gourmet Shop Charcuterie Box | When you preorder your custom cheese + charcuterie trays and pick up a pound of the renowned chicken salad, you’re halfway to your outdoor dining experience. 

Cromer’s | Peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs, Cromer’s has you covered if you want to grab some picnic snacks on the way to the park.

Bonus: Don’t forget to grab sunscreen, bug spray, and a camera to capture the memories (you’ll thank us later).

Remember to use #COLAtoday when you post your picnic pictures for a chance to be featured on our page.