[Updated 23 June 2021]
Whether you want to chill by the lake or people watch as you munch on tuna sandwiches, there are many picnic spots in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Selangor you can visit to enjoy some downtime. Since the school holidays are coming up, it's time to pack something delicious and make your way to these beautiful picnic spots!
1. Taman Botani Negara
Chances are you're looking for a scenic picnic spot that's far from the high-rises and close to nature. If the answer is yes, you'll probably like the gardens and lakes at Taman Botani Negara. There are a few cosy spots by the lake, and it's interesting to know that the 'lakes' are actually Sungai Baru Dam (primary water source for northern Klang in the 1960s) and Air Kuning Dam (now popular for flyfishing). If your group needs some shelter from the sun, Taman Botani Negara also has wooden roofed shelters that are surrounded by trees and leafy grounds.
: Taman Botani Negara has three suraus (prayer rooms) named Surau Camar Rimba, Surau Kg. Idaman, and Surau Utama. Be sure to locate these prayer spaces at the entrance before you enter!
2. Taman Saujana Hijau
There are many things to see at Taman Saujana Hijau, including sights of the locals jogging and cycling around the garden. Surrounded by pine trees and rolling hills, this garden is sectioned into European Garden, Oriental Garden and English Garden - we heard the English Garden is the loveliest of all. Lay a picnic blanket and bring out your homemade sandwiches because it'll be a relaxing afternoon for you and your loved ones.
3. Kanching Rainforest Waterfall
Get in touch with nature when you gather for a picnic at Kanching Rainforest Waterfall. A multi-tiered waterfall that is located at Kanching Rainforest Reserve, you'll spot many locals enjoying their weekend picnic here. Whether you're here to swim in the waterfall or practice your photography skills, every moment spent will be worthwhile.
: There are limited parking spaces at Kanching Forest Reserve. We recommend that you arrive early if you're planning a weekend visit.
4. Taman Lembah Kiara
Make your way to Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) to stumble upon a local recreational park named Taman Lembah Kiara. Complete with a play area, picnic tables and gazebos, it's a lovely place for a weekend picnic. Once done, burn those calories
with a stroll to the small manmade waterfall and lake. Since the hillside is pretty dense, challenge your kids to spot lizards, squirrels and monkeys. #HHWT Tip
: Remember to apply mosquito repellent if you're visiting this park in the evening.
5. Perdana Botanical Garden
Known as one of Kuala Lumpur's remaining green lungs, Perdana Botanical Garden is a great place to escape from the surrounding concrete jungle. Formerly named Taman Tasik Perdana or Lake Gardens, this spacious park is home to a number of smaller gardens and attractions such as Hibiscus Garden, Sunken Garden, Herbarium and Laman Perdana. For picnics, there are a few gazebos scattered around the park as well as other amenities such as toilets and prayer spaces.
: While parking spaces are available, do note that the garden is very popular on weekends. We recommend that you come early if you're planning to drive.
6. KLCC Park
Make your way to KLCC Park and you'll find an urban sanctuary smacked in the middle of Kuala Lumpur. Shadowed by the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, one of the tallest buildings in the world, there's a spacious green space where you can lay a picnic blanket. If
you're here with the kids, they'll have a wonderful time at the children's area that comes complete with a playground and public swimming pool. Remember to bring a fresh change of clothes!
7. Kepong Metropolitan Park
If you're looking for more picnic spots in KL, you'll be glad to spend an afternoon at Kepong Metropolitan Park. Besides leisure activities, this park is widely popular for kite flying and you can witness the pros demonstrating impressive tricks in the sky. There are also a boathouse, cycling track and football field - for families who want to squeeze in an enjoyable activity after a meal of picnic must-haves such as sandwiches, fruits and cakes.
8. Titiwangsa Lake Garden
There's no better time to enjoy a picnic at the charming Titiwangsa Lake Garden. True to its name, the vast lake is one of its main attractions where you can find a serene spot for a catch-up with your family and friends. After a series of renovation, it now has a mini water park and floating bridge where the kids can explore for some splashing fun. To make the most of your visit, you're more than welcome to go cycling, jogging and brisk walking
around the garden too.
9. Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
Update: As of June 2021, FRIM has extended the temporary closure of Kepong Botanic Gardens, Taman Warisan FRIM and Forest Skywalk until further notice.
If you're longing for a moment with nature, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) is never too far away. Here's a fun fact, FRIM is actually an institution for tropical forestry research. While this park is not entirely open to the public, FRIM dedicates some sections of the forest for anyone who wants a quick nature escapade.
For picnics, visitors can only do so in the area near Sungai Kroh. Landscaped by a small waterfall and grassy field, there's a chance that you'll find a comfortable picnic spot. There are also a number of facilities in the area that includes shelters, restrooms, prayer space and a cafeteria (opens every day except Friday).
10. Bagan Lalang Beach
Wash away your worries by planning an awesome picnic day at Bagan Lalang Beach. A short drive from KLIA Airport, this beach in Sepang is widely frequented by families who are looking for some leisure time. It might not be the best place to swim due to the frequent tides, but it's
still a nice spot to catch the sunset backed by a beautiful ombre horizon.
If you're planning a second visit, be sure to enjoy grilled fish in one of the seafood restaurants along the stretch such as Senandung Malam Restaurant and Ikan Bakar D'Bagan. There's also a resort nearby named Avani Sepang Gold Coast that perfect for overnight stays.
11. Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil
Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil (Bukit Jalil Recreational Park) may be a popular spot for joggers and other fitness enthusiasts (there are dance and tai chi classes on weekend mornings), but it also makes a scenic picnic spot. Remember to come early to get an empty picnic table or a lovely spot near the manmade lake, and take the kids to the mini playground afterwards.
12. Taman Pudu Ulu
If you're looking for a spacious neighbourhood park to host a picnic, let it be Taman Pudu Ulu. Situated in Cheras, you'll find the locals spending their recreational time with their family or ramping up their fitness by jogging around the park. If it's too hot outside, you can find a few wooden huts to enjoy some shade before stepping out and enjoy the rest of your day
13. Serendah Recreational Waterfall
Also known as Templer Kai, Serendah Waterfall is situated 3 kilometres away from an indigenous people village called "Perkampungan Orang Asli Serendah" where you'll get a glimpse of their lifestyle upon entering the modern village. A great spot for picnics and a swim, you'll see plenty of families scattered across the area with floating tubes and baskets of food! Did you know that Serendah Waterfall is one of the best waterfalls in Selangor
14. Sungai Gabai Waterfall
As one of the closest waterfalls from Kuala Lumpur that is also easily accessible by car, Sungai Gabai Waterfall is a convenient choice when planning a refreshing getaway. To reach the peak of the multi-cascade waterfalls of Sungai Gabai, walk along the wooden and concrete bridges built over the streams. Then, climb the cement stairs adjacent to the falls and soak in the marvellous view that awaits you at the top.
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