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The Perfect Picnic

State parks offer prime spots for outdoor eating.

WHETHER YOU'RE enjoying an elaborate feast at your family campsite or scarfing down a sandwich on the trail, food just tastes better outside. And what better way to enjoy an outdoor meal than a picnic at a state park?  

People have been picnicking for centuries — from medieval hunting feasts to Victorian-era outdoor dinners of roast duck. Today, picnics come in many forms, from Texas-sized family celebrations to intimate meals for two. Really, it’s the spirit of the thing that connects all these forms of dining — picnics are a time for friends and family to come together in nature and enjoy their favorite foods.

Texas State Parks offer picnic tables with some of the most beautiful views in the state; you can eat near a river, lake, canyon or beach. Read on for some tips to plan the perfect picnic for a variety of occasions, with a Texas twist!   

Simple and Sweet
Picnic Party!
Food with a View
Gourmet Picnic
Campfire Cookin'

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