Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, designed by Frederick Olmstead, is home to the “picnicker’s mile”—one of the longest city park meadows nationwide.
At Mission Dolores Park, kids swarm the new jungle gym and adults loll on the grass, picnicking or relaxing after eating at one of the many restaurants on nearby 18th Street.
Each Saturday morning, Sacramento’s McKinley Park welcomes some 100 barefooted recruits for a free vinyasa yoga class (Sat. 9am-10:15am, behind H Street Rose Garden; yogaacrossamerica.org).
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Locals head to Boston Common Frog Pond for year-round family fun, including a playground and a carousel, sprinklers in summer, and ice skating in winter.
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Local John Spayde’s favorite urban lake is Lake Harriet, where he recommends stopping for lunch to enjoy a Minnesota icon—a walleye sandwich at Bread and Pickle, the official park commissary.
Sacramento’s Wednesday farmers’ market at Cesar Chavez Plaza is a great place to get a taste of Northern California (open Wednesdays from 10-1:30pm. May to October; california-grown.com).
Marina Green offers great views of the Golden Gate Bridge. While you wander, grab a coffee and a chocolate-rose donut from the Dynamo Donuts kiosk by the marina (dynamodonut.com).
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