Picturesque Local Picnic Spots

Your picnic spots for Ulster and Sullivan Counties

You already read about the hottest picnic places in Dutchess and Orange counties, here are more in Ulster and Sullivan!


Ulster County


This interpretive nature center located in Kingston is open year round, with 15 animal exhibits, five gardens and a calendar full of nature based programs for children and adults. Picnic tables are available under an attractive gazebo, allowing you to bring lunch and extend your visit.


A looping path leads you on an exploration of the animal pens containing a menagerie of peacocks, chickens, goats, turtles, ducks, rabbits, and turtle. More wildlife can be observed from the boardwalk circling the pond.

During the summer, the center is open 7am–7pm, Monday–Friday; and 9am–5pm, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.


Lucas Ave., Kingston. 845-331-1682.


PARK PERK: Educational programs, like “Buzz on Bees” and “Turtle Talk” are offered regularly to introduce kids to different species.



Ulster County


This seasonal park was recently re-named in honor of Sojourner Truth, the African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist who was born in Ulser County. It’s located directly on the Hudson River, with a beach and broad views of the Kingston–Rhinecliff Bridge from the observation deck.

The amenities include playgrounds, hiking trails, basketball and volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and a boat launch area. A covered pavilion with picnic tables is located within view of the river. Barbecue grills are available at the pavilion for your use. The park is open from 10am–8pm. Swimming permitted through Labor Day.

916 Ulster Landing Rd., Saugerties.845-336-8484.

PARK PERK: The small sandy beach is one of the few, and most scenic, places to swim on the west banks of the Hudson River.



Sullivan County


The serene, lushly wooded Lake Superior State Park is managed by Sullivan County under license from the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. The park, which is open year round, consists of over 1,400 acres, including Lake Superior and Chestnut Ridge Pond.


Lake Superior’s seasonal beach area features swimming, picnic areas with grills, a group picnic pavilion, rowboat and paddle boat rentals, full service food concession, fishing, volleyball court and a playground for ages 5-12. There’s another picnic area by the lake’s dam with tables and grills.

The park is open from 9am–dusk. There is a fee to access the beach through Labor Day. The day pass is $5 per person, and free for children under three.

Dr. Duggan Rd., Bethel. 845-583-7908.


PARK PERK: This park is “off-the-beaten-path,” meaning the beach is rarely crowded.


Traci L. Suppa is a family travel writer living in Dutchess County. Her website is

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