The 8 Best Picnic Spots in St. Louis (And Where to Grab a Pre-Made Meal Beforehand)


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Laumeier Sculpture Park | Micah Usher

Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills; 314-615-5278)
The 105-acre open-air museum features some of the world's most renowned modern and contemporary artists. One of only a handful of parks like it worldwide, Laumeier offers a quirky setting for a picnic. Sit next to a giant human eyeball replica, behold the iconic and larger-than-life red columns of The Way, or ponder the surrealist work Ball? Ball! Wall? Wall!

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Lubeley's Bakery & Deli | RFT Photo

Pick Up: Lubeley's Bakery & Deli (7815 Watson Road; 314-961-7160)
In business since 1937, Lubeley's has perfected the classic deli sandwich. Barbecue ham or beef, turkey, roast beef, ham and cheese, Reuben, salami, tuna and chicken salad, veggies and croissants -- whatever your particular sandwich craving they'll have you covered. Salads, sides and sodas are also available, along with a mouth-watering array of bakery treats.

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Creve Coeur Memorial Lake | Todd Heilman

Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park (13236 Streetcar Drive; Maryland Heights)
Creve Coeur Lake boasts a real sand beach and hosts wind surfers, canoers and kayakers. Simply sitting lakeside enjoying a sandwich and the view is also pretty fine. Sunsets there are spectacular -- try to time your picnic accordingly.

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Pumpernickles Delicatessen | Kayci Merritte

Pick Up: Pumpernickles Delicatessen (11036 Olive Boulevard, 314-567-4496)
This Kosher deli was voted "Best Pastrami" in 2012 by Riverfront Times readers and offers a Rueben sandwich that rivals those from New York City. Its famously "overstuffed" sandwiches are classics, such as the corned beef, pastrami, rare roast beef and even tongue. There are also specialty sandwiches, such as the "the Sloppy Louie" (corned beef, turkey, pastrami, roast beef, slaw and "Louis" dressing on rye) and the "Joey T" (corned beef, cream cheese, tomato and spicy mustard on rye).

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Scooter Von Donaken
Scooter Von Donaken

Carl's Deli, Protzel's Deli. Plus Straub's Market. No Banh Mi sandwiches on Grand?

Mindi Elizabeth
Mindi Elizabeth

Oscar Noin you beat me to it, brother. One mo' time... www.thebikewaiter.com will deliver to the grassy knoll of your choice!

Monica Alsup
Monica Alsup

I haven't tried any of these places other than BCD Kristina Cheeseman

Oscar Noin
Oscar Noin

If you can't find anything, we can bring food to you www.thebikewaiter.com

Alicia Peirce
Alicia Peirce

Oh hey Casey Lee McLaughlin Smith, you're famous!

Jennifer Hylton-Whited
Jennifer Hylton-Whited

Yay Tower Grove Park - you can also get noms on the go at The Dam. Right Michele? :-D

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