I’m a sucker for a good summer picnic, especially an urban picnic in the heart of a city. Here’s my guide to the perfect urban picnic in Dallas, Texas.

Step 1: Load up your basket.  Preparing for your picnic is as easy as making a stop at the Dallas Farmers Market where farmers come from miles around to proudly present the fruits of their labor. Essentials for my picnic — a little wine, a little fresh fruit, some meat and cheese.  Be sure to visit The Old World Sausage Company and the Cheese Peddlers in Shed 2.

Step 2: Stake out your spot at Klyde Warren Park, a five-acre grassy park built over an eight-lane freeway. It’s only been on the Dallas scene for less than a year, and locals are already flocking to it’s wide open space and grassy green parks. Blanket. check. snacks, check. Now bring on the sun.

Step 3: Finish your day with a moment of zen in the garden at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Here, the Nasher family has put their extensive art collection on exhibit for all of Dallas to enjoy. It’s the quietest moment you will find in the center of a big city – a  true sanctuary.

The Guide:

Dallas Farmer’s Market
1010 S Pearl Expy  Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 939-2808

Old World Sausage Company (in Dallas Farmers Market)
1010 S Pearl Expy  Dallas, TX 75201

Klyde Warren Park 
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway Dallas, TX 75201

Nasher Sculpture Center 
2001 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 242-5100