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Rossmoor Pastries’ Best Picnic Spots in Long Beach

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy. Our favorite summer pass-time (besides baking of course)? Picnics! Long Beach is known for its plethora of beautiful parks. Here are some of our favorite picnic spots.


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1. Hilltop Park, Signal Hill: Hilltop Park offers a beautiful view of Downtown Long Beach, the Port of Los Angeles, and on clear days, Downtown Los Angeles. The park is especially popular for watching the sunset. That said, it can get pretty crowded on a summer Friday or Saturday evening, but there’s a reason for the crowds. It’s one of the most essential views in the county. Best part? It’s about a 5 minute drive from Rossmoor Pastries! Be sure to pick up some cupcakes, cookies, or tarts – all perfect for an evening picnic.


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2. El Dorado Park: El Dorado Park is Long Beach’s very own Central Park: its sprawling fields and towering pines obscure the city’s urban and suburban aura. The park is dotted with a few duck ponds and barbecue/picnic areas. With its remote-controlled airplane field, skatepark, archery range, nature preserve (El Dorado Nature Center), and many other amenities, there’s always something to do or see at El Dorado Park. Concerts in the Park occur every Friday until August 2nd on the west side of El Dorado Park. In short, the park is a dreamland for all picnic-goers.


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3. Bluff Park: The parks mentioned above offer stunning views, but perhaps you want to take advantage of Long Beach’s unique ocean scenery. Bluff Park is perfect for that. Its jagged cliffs, metropolitan vibe, and oceanic breeze provide picnickers the quintessential California picnic experience. At sundown, the view of Long Beach’s skyline looks especially dramatic, the sunlight reflecting off the city’s glass skyscrapers.


When enjoying Long Beach’s scenery, be sure to picnic with food from one the city’s many business. Just as Long Beach is known for its stunning views and parks, it’s also known for its abundance of outstanding restaurants and delis. Just make sure to pick up some Rossmoor Pastries goodies as well. Our cupcakes and cookies have been known to enhance many a picnic.

The Ultimate, Short, and Sweet Picnic Guide


June is the perfect month for picnics. It’s officially summer, yet it’s not brutally hot. So grab your red-and-white checkered blanket and wicker basket – it’s picnic time!

To start, let’s talk about what you should pack. Of course, you’ll want to pack finger-food. Fried chicken is a classic picnic food for a reason. Some other good picnic foods include sliced apples, chips, fresh veggies (broccoli and carrots), and canned beverages. Be sure to bring some of Rossmoor Pastries Petit Fours too – they’re perfectly portable and summer-ie.



OK, so you’ve got the import part down – the food. However, we recommend bringing a fun activity. Corn hole, a deck of cards, a football, a frisbee – you name it. If you’re like me, you’ll be done with your food within 10 minutes of the picnic. Therefore, you’ll want something to do once the food is gone.


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Next, prepare for the bugs. Scout out the grass you’ll lay your blanket on top of; keep an eye out for ants. If you’re in Southern California, mosquitos shouldn’t be too much of an issue unless you’re further inland and in a more rural environment. That said, it’s a good idea to bring mosquito repellent either way.


Don’t forget to pack the important utility items. I’m talking about trash bags, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, etc. The better you prepare in this regard, the easier the cleanup will be. You’ll thank me later.


Picnics are basically ultra-short camping trips. So plan accordingly, and make sure you have the best food possible – especially the desserts.