Where to Picnic: There's a beautiful gazebo behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art within the park. From there, it's a short walk down to the Azalea Garden; a more winding path leads to historic Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River.
What to Pack: The large and splashy Chestnut Street location of Philly's best gourmet shop, Di Bruno Bros, has an extensive selection of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie. About a seven-minute drive from the park; 1730 Chestnut St., 215-665-9220.
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