The warm Santa Barbara sun, a fresh garden filled with blooming roses and a plush lawn- could the conditions at Mission Park and Rose Garden be any more perfect for a picnic? We think not! Here’s a few helpful tips for planning a picnic at this beautiful Santa Barbara attraction.
Get to Know Mission Park and Rose Garden First
Situated next to the Santa Barbara Mission, the Mission Park and Rose Garden is filled to the brim with more than 1,500 rose plants and is continually maintained throughout the year. For years, the Garden has been designated as one of 130+ demonstration rose gardens throughout the country, displaying the top performing new rose varieties developed and selected each year. The best part? It’s the perfect spot for picnics.
Choose the Right Time
Luckily at Mission Park and Rose Garden, the perfect time to picnic is at any time! The park is open from sunrise to a half hour after sunset, so you can plan an early brunch or a romantic evening on the lawn. Afterwards, stretch out on your blanket and relax or set up a game of lawn croquet. No matter the time you visit, make sure to stroll through the gardens and admire the beautiful roses.
Consider Other Santa Barbara Picnic Spots
As a coastal city, Santa Barbara is home to a variety of beautiful picnic settings. Here’s a few worth checking out after picnicking at Mission Park and Rose Garden:
- Franceschi Park – a hidden gem offering shore views and exotic plants
- East Beach – enjoy your picnic while watching a game of volleyball
- Santa Barbara Zoo – explore the animals, then enjoy a picnic in designated areas
Let’s face it: Picnics are only as great as the people you’re with and the food you pack. As you prepare your picnic date, make sure to think about the food and entertainment (if any) you bring. Avoid itchy grass or hot sand by bringing a comfortable blanket to sit on. When it comes time to pack the food, opt for easy-to-eat finger foods in well-sealed containers. Avoid foods that need to stay refrigerated (or pack them in ice) and don’t forget to bring some breath fresheners if it’s a date! Also think about bringing fun yard or beach games for after the picnic, like oversized tic-tac-toe, croquet or a volleyball.
2 Day American Riviera Experience at Spanish Garden Inn
What’s better than planning a picnic in Santa Barbara? Letting someone else handle the planning for you! Choose the 2 Day American Riviera Experience package at Spanish Garden Inn and enjoy two days filled with experiences that capture the historic spirit of our city. Here’s what the package includes:
- Picnic for two at the Santa Barbara Old Mission Rose Garden
- Presidio Neighborhood Wine Tasting Experience
- Dinner for two at El Paseo Mexican Restaurant
- Visit to the Santa Barbara Historical Museum
- Dinner at Barbareño
The beautiful Mission Park and Rose Garden was made for picnicking. Take advantage of this popular attraction while in Santa Barbara and make life easy with Spanish Garden Inn’s 2 Day American Riviera Experience package.
WHERE TO STAY
A stylish boutique hotel surrounded by fresh foliage and adorned with hand-painted art. 915 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 805.564.4700