Visitors who wish to bring their own food and beverages can enjoy a picnic from spring through fall in Longwood's Picnic Area.
The Picnic Area is outside the main part of the Gardens, and is accessible only by car or motorcoach via Longwood Road. This area features 70 picnic tables, grills, restroom facilities and ample parking in the shade of tall trees.
The Picnic Area is available to Longwood visitors only, on a first-come, first-served basis. This year, the picnic area will remain open through mid-September from 9:00 am until the Gardens close or dusk (whichever comes first, weather permitting). From mid-September through Christmas, the picnic area will close at 4:00 pm. To gain entry into the Gardens, guests must drive to the main parking lot and enter through the Visitor Center.
Please note that outside food and beverages are only permitted within the Picnic Area and not in other areas of the Gardens.