Best Beautiful Parks In Washington Near Me

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1. Rock Creek Park

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3304 reviews
Rock Creek Park
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Surroundings
5
Services
5
Facilities
5

Address: 5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008

Telephone: (202) 895-6000

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Review: "Beautiful park in middle of everything."

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Maame N: Great picnic areas. Spacious and clean spaces. Bathrooms were relatively clean for a park. No funky smell, well lit, and ac controlled. Kayaking, pedal boat, and row boat available on the lake. Playgrounds are really nice. Home/bike trail available too.

Mike Jones: A jewel in the heart of DC. A great escape from the city within the city. Great for biking, hiking, picnicking, bird watching, golfing, and more. I'm so grateful to live 5 minutes from Rock Creek for the past 25 years.

Kenneth Kilgour: Rock Creek Park is an underappreciated DC treasure. It's lousy with wildlife. It's tranquil. And it's nearby. Rock Creek has a nature center, hiking trails, and picnic areas, some with pavilions. Some of the roadways are closed to motor vehicles. Please do not feed the ducks; it violated Park Service rules, and it's harmful to the ducks, besides.

Dawn Anacleto-Tosca: Rock Creek is a total jem in the middle of DC. I love it there so much. So many awesome trails & for as long as I've been going I always find new trails and see new areas.

Esther Y: You can park anywhere with a picnic area. However, traffic can get pretty bad during the day. Lots of trees! There is also a biking path on the side :)

Rosie C: A great place to hike especially during the fall. There are different routes you can take all ranging in distance and intensity. Make sure you get back to your car before dark.

Jason Williams: One of my favorite parks in the DMV area. I've never had issues with parking and it's not as congested on the weekend as many other parks. The scenery is beautiful and I've never noticed any trash or water bottles lying around anywhere throughout the short time I've been coming here. It's a nice way to escape the feeling of being in DC without actually leaving DC.

Joe J.: This relatively large, beautiful park located in the city of Washington DC is a nice escape from the bustles and noises. There are a few nice spots like the amphitheater and a few trails that definitely shouldn't be missed. Overall, I find it amazing to have such a nice nature retreat in the middle of the city with such greenery. This place looks amazing in the summer with green leaves everywhere. The creek is also nice to follow!

Jessica Long: Beautiful paved trails. Wooded trails that were by the creek. It wasn’t the clearest which direction to go to stay in the main wooded region because there weren’t easily accessible or visualized signs with route maps. But lots of ground to discover.

EDP: Love this park. I wish I had more time to discover more of the location. There’s one section closed off to traffic which made it much more enjoyable.

2. Meridian Hill Park

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Meridian Hill Park
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Surroundings
5
Services
5
Facilities
5

Address: 16th St NW &, W St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Telephone: (202) 895-6000

Guy: Park


Review: "A truly beautiful park."

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Shay Wright: This park is beautiful 🤩 it has educational information about local plants and you can even purchase them. The park is larger than I expected with garden grounds and a pond.

Debbie Perez: Had a great time at the park over the Valentine's day weekend. I photographed a couple for their engagement pictures. Big day is in September of this. So happy to be working and sharing in this special moment. Great park, lots to see and do.

Leslie Williston: this place is great for dog and people watching! could use some freshly planted grass though as it’s a bit dry and dirt like. overall fun times here!

Shannon Curvey: Nice park! Great place for an impromptu yoga class!...Wonder why the name changed to Meridian Hill?

Brian SHIELDS: A hidden gem 💎 among the many others eclipsing it, this place is the "Holy Grail" of public gathering venues, bar none! Multiculturalism thrives here...group activities (mostly during weekends) are abounding...yoga, 🧘‍♀️ meditation 🧘‍♂️, musicians, 💃dance, juggling, tightrope walking...myriad entertainment attractions...all within the hallowed realm of Meridian Hill, or, Malcolm X, Park. And yes, there's public restroom 🚻 access daily until 6pm as well. But for the longer Summer Solstice hours of daylight and there's the need for bathroom duty, just visit any of the local restaurants conveniently located nearby and indulge your natural appetites for food, fun, and festivities...but DO return to Meridian Hill Park where "true" community bliss is found and shared!

Ashley Deck: Wonderful park. Stunning architecture. Great people. The drum circle is just the icing on the cake. Such a heartwarming vibe 💗

Tarika Smith: Born and raised in D.C. and yesterday was the first time I've ever visited Meridian Hill Park. I must say it was amazing. Just a overall great vibe. A nice place for people to gather and socialize or just have a relaxing sit down on a blanket. I enjoyed the drums as well as the DJ that was playing music. The only downside is there is not a place where little children can play. It would be nice to have a small play area.

courtney mims: I love this park. It's a 15 min walk from our house but I drive and never had a problem with parking. I love to take my two pekingese to walk at sunset. They get to socialize with over a dozen other pups. They love it even more than I do.

Ryan Conklin: Malcolm X Memorial Park (how you’ll hear most DC residents refer to it) is a gem of a green space in the beautiful Adam’s Morgan neighborhood. Kissed my beautiful girlfriend here, 10/10 experience, we go regularly and so does half the neighborhood. Great sense of community and good jugglers, a taste of a European city in DC.

María VC: Every Sunday afternoon there is a “drum circle” playing! Dozens of people come to watch, dance or play their own drums. You can also have a picnic or take a nap under the trees. Lovely park!!

3. Great Falls Park

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Great Falls Park
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Surroundings
5
Services
5
Facilities
5

Address: 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102

Telephone: (703) 757-3101

Guy: National park


Review: "Park Beautiful national park."

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Credible Critic: A beautiful park, well-maintained featuring its natural attributes splendidly. The observation areas are well situated for everyone, including the physical-challenged people. Many shaded areas for families to picnic or just simply taking a break to take in the views. We really enjoyed walking, hiking along the river trail. The trail took us right to the edges of many cliffs, showing the spectacular views of the water. A great area to enjoy nature, just a few steps from the hustle of the city. A must visit in the DC area.

Triloka Shanbhag: I love Great Falls park for a good day out in nature. There are so many hikes and trails to choose from and can be for all level of hikers/walkers. Its also a great spot for just a picnic or finding look out points over Potomac. I'm pleasantly surprised at the level of care and maintenance that goes into this large of an area including keeping trails clear. Entry fee to the park is $20/car without a National parks annual pass. Love coming back here.

Parker Kelley: Very fun experience and atmosphere ! I was thrilled to see that they do military discount upon entry. Finding parking was a little tough due to the amount of spots they have available. The park itself, including the bathrooms and walkways, were clean. They had a food truck serving different types of foods and drinks. The views of the waterfall is amazing & the hiking trails also has great views. I will definitely be back.

Jessica Alva: This place is beautiful! You only need to be a walker to experience its beauty. Lots of paved trails. However, there are pathways you can take that are also clearly marked. Plenty of placards to indicate what happened or what is going on at certain locations. There are the overviews of the falls; personally I liked overview 1 best, as it is the closest to the falls!

Cerenna Redmon: Definitely a go-to destination in the area. There are a couple scenic points to see the falls and like many things, you have to see it to get a real feel for just how amazing it is! There are other trails that extend beyond the falls. One trail follows the river and offers some fun rock scrambling. The trails are relatively flat without much elevation gain. So the difficulty is easier. There is a lot of outdoor rock climbing all along the river! If you're into that, try it out. I've climbed here many times, but the early bird gets the worm on the weekends (early bird gets first pick on where to climb). There are two parking lots when you enter the park. Admission is $20 per vehicle or something close to that price. But don't forget you can buy a national parks pass and see other parks year-round! There is a visitor center, bathrooms, picnic tables, and tons of beautiful nature

El Cid: Car lines can be long on the way in. The $20 entrance fee per vehicle feels little steep IMO esp when found out that the visitor center is closed for renovation, and limited availability of rest rooms. Plenty of parking, they fill up fast though, so get there early if you can. Rest rooms are limited considering the number of people at the park, and when they are being cleaned be prepared to wait. There are some rest rooms available but is a little walk in the other direction. Picnic tables are available, a lot of them could use a good pressure washing. Saw several food trucks on site, which is good if you forgot to bring your food. The main attraction of the park: the falls is great, several viewing platforms/overlooks provide good view. it's a bit crowded when we went but not a big issue. Have not explored other trails, but its worth a visit.

armaan Khan: Great place to visit. $20 per car entry fee. The pass is good for a week. Plenty of parking. Multiple view points. Trails is not harsh. White river rafting available. Rocky trail towards the end. There are snakes and spiders along the trail busy over the weekend. The currents are really dangerous. The water is calm near the beginning of the trail. Must experience it.

Steffanny Leiva: What a beautiful place to go for a walk! you really enjoy the view and the constant noise of the water throughout the trail. It is a place that I recommend visiting on weekdays, on weekends many people go and you cannot appreciate the true beauty of the Billy Goat trail.

Da-Wang Wu: There are three overlooks, and each of them has a great view. Although it’s an easy hike, I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes since there are still some rocks and ups and downs. The first overlook is just next to the visitor center, and the other two are within 10 minutes by walking. The entrance fee is $20, and National park pass can be used here. When the weather is good, parking lots can be filled up quickly. Highly recommend for a half/full day trip!

Jeff Kale: Well maintained National Park on the Virginia side of the Potomac River with breathtaking views of the falls and numerous hiking trails. Picnic area near the Visitor Center with charcoal grills and there was a Food Truck there today. Park entrance fees are $20 per vehicle unless you purchase an annual pass for $35 or have a Lifetime Pass. Great family fun!

4. Fort Dupont Park

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Fort Dupont Park
Location
4.8
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Surroundings
4.9
Services
4.8
Facilities
4.8

Address: Minnesota Ave SE, Washington, DC 20019

Telephone: (202) 426-7723

Guy: Park


Review: "Beautiful park that overlooks Washington DC."

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Hailey Duncan: My dog and I seemed to have the hiking trails all to ourselves this morning(besides a couple of deer families) which was a real treat! The wooded area was quite and beautiful. Although it seems like the trail maintaine could be better in some places and there was some illegal trash dumped near the community garden.

George Brooks: Nationals Baseball Academy tryouts today w nephew Chris Ross from Laurel Baseball League.. Good job Chris

Kevin Spann: The park was a great place to host 1000 people. There was a stage, fenced in dance area, and Portable Potties. Leashed dogs were there and the atmosphere in the park offers sunshine and shade.

Gary Redmond: The park was wonderful. It had a baseball and softball game going on at the same time. Very impressive place to watch ball games.

Gabriel Anaya: It's like having a small slice of Rock Creek Park with no people around. This park is gorgeous, and, minus the traffic noise, a complete escape from the city.

Alan Neustadtl: It was cold out, snowing hard, and a hockey game at Fort Dupont Rink. We don't get this trifecta in the DC area very often. Love this rink.

Carl Rowland: Went there for a free concert had a great time no acholic beverages are allowrd in this park they will take it and trash it.

Louis Paul: We went to PRIDE in the PARK and the WEATHER was BEAUTIFUL!!

Layvizzle Vision: It really depends on what you are looking for. Hmmm u may be surprised at what you might experience.

Jay Gatling: Amazing night to see Rare Essence at Ft. Dupont.

5. Anacostia Park

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Anacostia Park
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Surroundings
4.4
Services
4.4
Facilities
4.4

Address: 1900 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Guy: Park


Review: "Now it's one of the best parks in DC"

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Carolyn Grant: This is an underrated park, it has lots to offer. I took my class off preschool down here and just playing they had fun. People who know just know.... fishing ,roller skating ring, basketball, picnic, nature watching,walking,playgrounds. Rowing, Kayaking and so much more.

Nathan Lapin: Great trail to walk or bike. Has nice stopping points so one can overlook the river. We even saw a helicopter land nearby!

Austin Graff: Let me count the ways I LOVE Anacostia Park: 1) It's one of the best running trails in all of DC. It stretches for miles along the Anacostia River and the path is well kept for runners. 2) There's a lot of green space to picnic and enjoy nature. 3) There are hidden gems throughout from murals under highways and even a famous skating ring. 4) It's great for kids. One of DC's best playgrounds complete with a pirate ship is in the park. I could go on and on so instead how about you head on over to Anacostia Park and check it out for yourself. It's a GREAT spot!

Margaritta L Martin: Washington DC has changed since I left the metropolitan area when I lived in Maryland It was my favorite park to go too and relax or grill near the river I asked my sister who lives in Dc did Anacostia Park and other Parks I visited existed and she told me all still do

Jessica Light: Nice little spot for a doggy play date

Brian Burrell (Big B): There can be heavy foot traffic. But good for a bike ride or walk sf cookout. Starting to be kept clean often

A'nya-Rae Ebb: I've enjoyed this wonderful park for 40+ years. Looking forward to the new amenities!

Richard Newman: Not the park I grew up with back in the day. My hats off to those who made what it is today 100% better. not the feds . everyday people !

L. Butler: I love Anacostia Park because it's a walking distance from my neighborhood to walk for miles without interruptions. It's a great place to walk and to jog while watching beautiful sceneries...species of variety birds flying, boats cruising, Rowers rowing, athletics of basketball, football, soccer, fishing, rollerblading and families celebrating.

K Wallace: When that weather gets warm in the park

6. Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

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Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Surroundings
4.5
Services
4.5
Facilities
4.5

Address: 1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 692-6080

Guy: National park


Review: "A beautiful park, a nice way to spend some time on a warm summer morning."

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Madhu Kalepu: Located near DC, Maryland border. Plenty of parking and not so crowded when we visited during long weekend. Place is great for Beautiful nature walks, picnic tables and fresh air. We have spotted Turtles, baby Turtles, Cranes, various birds while doing boardwalk. Garden closes at 4pm and the entry is free. Restrooms located at welcome center

Rebecca Wolf: Each season at Kenilworth is something to behold! In winter, you'll see an open expanse and a swamp in quiet rest. Spring starts to bring greenery and new life. Summer is a steamy explosion of tall and colorful lotuses, lillies and more! Egrets, herons, deer, turtles, fish, insects and more can be found here, especially if you come during the day when it is more quiet. This National Park is a secret oasis in Washington, D.C. - bring your visiting family and friends for a walk through the ponds and across the boardwalks on the Anacostia River. You can even connect to walk on the DC trail system. In summer, be sure to come for the VERY popular lotus festival, filled with world crafts, foods and so much more. Be mindful of the closing time and plan for at least an hour to walk these grounds.

Life in La Plata: One of my all-time favorite parks: so much beauty. You can look at the plants around the ponds, or the ones growing in the ponds, and you can try to spot wildlife in the water and the trees. There are bike paths on the far side of the park (if you drive). Plan to go early, the park closes at 4pm.

Ash Pouvaranukoah: An awesome place to be! The place is crawling with so many types of critters. Restrooms are nice and efficient. Definitely a great quiet place to bring family, friends, or just yourself!

Jill Cobb: It was a nice winter/early spring walk along the ponds and boardwalk. Nothing was blooming, but we saw turtles, frogs, and fish. Seems like summer is the time for the flowers.

Lisa Gump: I came to the gardens with a group of students and it is a beautiful Park to visit. I will admit though that it was tough for us to find. We AR not from the area and it is not easy with all the construction to get here. The park is worth the navigation woes. There are lots of things to see and do.

Connie Massaro: This is a unique aquatic garden in the DC area. Best time to visit is in the morning. The water lilies and the lotus are spectacular. There are different small ponds where they grow the lilies and the lotus. Bring your cameras!!! There is also a boardwalk and trails along the river.

Dave Park: As of about two weeks ago (7/17), the lotus and lilies were about 60% bloomed and I’d say all of them should be good for viewing now until mid-August. Beautiful flower blooms all around, so don't miss your chance this summer! 🤙

Steven Esquina: The place was really nice lots of plants with beautiful lilies, frogs, deer, even foxes if you are really lucky will scurry about there are smalls docks that you can walk on to get close to the water where you can see ducks there is even an elevated platform where you can see the whole pond!!

Sam Chen: A nice place to spend several leisurely hours. The time I went there the water lily was not quite blooming yet, it must be beautiful when it does.

7. Stanton Park

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234 reviews
Stanton Park
Location
4.4
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Surroundings
4.5
Services
4.4
Facilities
4.4

Address: 6th street northeast &, 226 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6AM Thu

Guy: National park


Review: "This park is really nice."

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Rachel B: Nice park to walk around in, even in evening time. Pretty clean and well kept. From previous pictures, seems like it would be a really great spot to check out in the spring when the Cherry Blossoms bloom. Park itself is relatively small though - more so a quick spot to walk through or to set up for picnic.

Charise Van Liew: Lots of cherry blossom trees in this small park near the Capitol. Take dogs or kids for a walk and check it out!

Doug Davies: Great park, the benches need some tlc, but a great respite with some cherry trees that align with a view of the capitol building.

Rachel Rachel: Nice little park to walk your dog. Lots of garbage cans, not much garbage on the ground.

Corwin Lemon: Great square to just relax and people watch without being overrun or smoked out!

LWCr: Nice park. Close to home. I don't think it has a playground for kids. Not sure. But it is a very nice park to take your babies on a stroller.

carol green: Great green space in DC with a large play area for children! Lots of very large trees, plenty of benches for those who want to be surrounded by nature to read a good book, or just to rest a moment and soak up the atmosphere.

Eric Lee: I took photos of Cherry blossom here and it was great. I think this place was better than Tidal basin. If you are looking for less crowded but like a petit vide, this is it. I don't think it still blooms there but maybe try next year :)

James Daily: Whether it's work-from-home or a casual meet-up, this park is always the place to be come sunset. Butter & Wine is right there if you need last minute drinks or dessert.

Garnet Clarke: Nice city park with benches and plots of grass for children and dogs to romp around. Some trees so you can be in the sun or under shade. Great view of the Capitol.

8. Georgetown Waterfront Park

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Georgetown Waterfront Park
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Surroundings
4.6
Services
4.6
Facilities
4.6

Address: 3303 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 895-6000

Guy: National park


Review: "Beautiful park during all seasons"

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eriko p: An incredibly beautiful area to see the Potomac as well as strolling and people watching. We arrived quite early and all the waterfront restaurants were not open yet. There is a Starbucks nearby. However we were able to witness the rowers practicing this morning which was a plus! I would love to live here! The airplanes flying out of Ronald Reagan Airport can be seen and heard so that might need getting used to if I lived here! This is a 10 acre grassy park along the water. If one needs a sense of calmness and peace, come here! From the waterfront, it is easy to take one of the side streets up to M street where many of the shops and restaurants are located. We were fortunate to take a street which crosses the C & O canal!

Da-Wang Wu: Probably because it’s a cloudy day in the end of the fall, the park didn’t look as beautiful as I initially expected. However, I would love to come back in better weather and see if it’s more lively and beautiful. Since it’s very close to the canal, visitors can also plan for a walk along the canal, which is a very interesting and tranquil walk.

La Tisha Parkinson: Really lovely for a scenic night walk. We walked there on Friday night after 10pm and it was lively and felt safe because it was strategically well lit. Strategic in the sense that the lighting didn't ruin the mood but it was still illuminating. There were also a lot of restaurants on the stretch and also an AMC cinema and an ice cream truck parked nearby.

Kids Industry Prep LLC: This was the most beautiful place to visit! We made sure we got there very early! 8am. Street parking was abundant. I decided to take photos with my little model and she enjoyed the sites just as much as everyone else did that is until she had to go to the bathroom! 🤣 Luckily mom had a portable potty 🚽. We finished up with a few snapshots of her riding her bicycle with natural flowers she picked along the way. Take a look at some of the photos we took!

Nicolas Dakota: I was thinking to sale my kidney and make money for court . Lose job at 2016 ,several time by setup arrested and cause of that can not find job .I am not felony. Just couldn't pay $1500 monthly child support but keep paying $500 as I can by cutting grass for neighbors and dog walking. Anyway after walked front water this area understood life still beautiful. Recommend everyone stop by and feel atmosphere. Any advice in correct way and respect to law welcome 🙏

Wadud Safa: The best waterfront park in the DMV area. It’s always beautiful in all seasons. It’s a great place to walk with your family and friends. If you are new in town you definitely want to visit this place.

Manny G.C.: The Georgetown Waterfront Park is a national park completed in Washington, DC in the fall of 2011. Part of the Georgetown Historic District, the park stretches along the banks of the Potomac River from 31st Street, NW to the Key Bridge.

Tarang Srivastava: Very beautiful area especially in the evenings. Lots of restaurants with outdoor seating and plenty of parking nearby. The Halloween exhibits on display right now are very nice!

Tan Sav: Part of this park use to be a parking lot years ago. Definitely a nice place to walk, bike and people watch when the weather is good.

Jeovany Espino: This view of Georgetown was immaculate at night. We walked around to get this view. Well worth it

9. Lady Bird Johnson Park

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Lady Bird Johnson Park
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Surroundings
4.5
Services
4.5
Facilities
4.5

Address: Washington Blvd, Washington, DC 20037

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (703) 289-2553

Guy: Park


Review: "Beautiful park, perfect for any outdoor activity."

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andrew bowden: Beautiful great views of Washington D C from this location. Great to get away from noise and people while visiting Washington D C.

Trish Hicks: Great place to sit, ride a bike or take a walk by the water since it's along the Mount Vernon Trail. There are always people sitting and relaxing as well as fishing...Spring is beautiful here with all the tulips in bloom.

Basel El-Shrafi: I frequent this park a lot. Its a great escape and has a 360 perspective of the DC/VA border.

F Chavez: This is one of those places that many people see while driving on the parkway but never take the time to visit cause it takes a walk.

Jaye Beringer: It's a gorgeous park! The W&OD trail runs right through the park, and it's along the river. We ran a 5k along the trail through the park and even though it was windy that day, it was wonderful to walk through it and see all the monuments.

Uddin Nipu: Its a nice calm park for family get together and obviously for children to play in a open area. Good place for picnic in summer. It is just near the river and just opposite the national monument from where 4th july, independence day's fireworks display can be seen so clearly.

Ulas ISSI: Such a beautiful place to enjoy the nature and water. But for such a good place, that dirty restrooms doesn't fit.

Victoria Caceres: This place is amazing a good view

Yishen Li: One of my favorite urban parks for a relaxing evening stroll in DC along the Potomac!

James Abys-Smith: Great park that's often forgotten. Beautiful flowers in Spring, with beautiful river views year round! Nearby is the Merchant Marine Memorial, an often forgotten and overlooked but important monument.

10. Washington Monument Grounds

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323 reviews
Washington Monument Grounds
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.7
Surroundings
4.8
Services
4.7
Facilities
4.7

Address: 130 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 245-4715

Guy: National park


Review: "America the Beautiful."

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James Walker: Lots of green spaces around the Washington Monument, which supports festivals, demonstrations, and other organizational celebrations and events. Many of these activities require a permit from the National Park Service, for health asnd safety.

Dee Mali: Plenty of walking space, beautiful pieces of history and if you've never been during Cherry Blossom season, I highly recommend it! I hope the people standing in front of the monument can give some justice to it's height.

Lizzy French: Very pretty location and if you're familiar with Forrest Gump you can reinact the awkward military presentation scene. Hahaha.

Carlos Niño: Amazing Family Sight! Riding the scooters within the monuments is such an phenomenal experience!

AHMAD FARIT BIN MAZLAN: Very windy and cold in the afternoon and evening. Must visit for tourist

Shashank Sharma: Great historical place to spend time with family and friends, especially if you visit in the month of March end or start of April, you can get to see cherry blossoms around.

Behzad Taimur: As you're walking through the National Mall and arrive at the Washington Monument all tired from all the walking - Drop down on the green. Good place to rest. Take in your surroundings and the experiences you've had. All the while remaining in full view of the Washington Monument!

Maricela Chavez Ruiz: Excellent place to visit! You just have to come and enjoy the Wisdom heroes. Please check Pictures for amenities.

Millie Kwan: Always great to see the National Monument on person. Currently they are done repairing the facade, but the obelisk is still not open as they are repairing/ renovating the interior of the monument. Am told that the view from the monument is spectacular. It is located at one end of the Mall near the new African American Museum.

rjm2010: Great place to admire! Clean and well kept. May it last for many years to come! America the Beautiful.

11. The President's Park

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The President's Park
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Surroundings
4.5
Services
4.5
Facilities
4.5

Address: 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 208-1631

Guy: Park


Review: "Another beautiful park to enjoy!"

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Mac: ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!! Very cool being right up against the White House too and seeing all the Secret Service teams as well. EXTREMELY VERY VERY LONG LINE so when it opens back up get there super super early

Rena Correia: We happened to be walking by when the new Justice of the Supreme Court (Judge Ketanje Brown-Jackson) was being introduced to the nation and got to take a few pictures!! The grounds were all cordoned off today as it's right behind the White House gardens. Another beautiful park to enjoy!

Cece Peterson: Being from California and moving to the east coast this was such a beautiful thing to see .. lots of traffic.. over priced water and food.. make sure u bring your own waters it was very hot out the day we went lots and lots of police.. and we got to see the president drive by us at least we thought it was him they shut down the roads and ju6 a few minutes before that we saw the president helicopter fly in over us so that's why we think we saw him drive by us and plus the vehicle he was or whomever it was had the president flags on the front it was such a lucky opportunity to just be able to walk around and see this amazing place

v3j: Always great sightseeing. Be aware of your surroundings: folks on electric scooters and bikes take needless risks and it'll be you that will be injured! A lot of food trucks too.

Jason Clise: I have never made it to this part of DC so this was an awesomely clear day to be outside. There was a great deal of security which was comforting after seeing some of the unique protesters we ran in to. The White House is so majestic and a bit overwhelming. I just love the architecture in DC. Too bad Trump was out of town. I will certainly visit again.

Matthew Prado: It's decent as you can see many items and rooms with importance to the president, but there's nothing of importance in terms of major events for the United States.

Cheryl Anderson: The Lincoln Memorial took my breath away! It was such an amazing feeling/sight being in the park. I have to go back. I still didn't see everything I wanted to see! Omg, it was awesome!

Flavio Polverini: Great area to visit.

KC Mitch: Very nice setup with the tree on the lawn. Lots of security so you feel safe. They need to cut the trees so u can see more of Donald’s house.

Chaz Stickels: It was cool. The national Christmas tree is worth seeing if you're nearby. There are a bunch of model trains around it as well, which are fun. It's probably better people watching that being impressed by a tree but that's good too.

12. Theodore Roosevelt Island

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Theodore Roosevelt Island
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.7
Surroundings
4.6
Services
4.6
Facilities
4.6

Address: Washington, DC 20037

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (703) 289-2500

Guy: National park


Review: "Beautiful park, limited parking."

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Brian Savitch: Roosevelt island is amazing. You access it from the mt Vernon trail in VA by crossing a pedestrian bridge. There is a large parking lot off the gw parkway to access the bridge - or you can bike/walk/run there. There are various trails around the perimeter of the island, just a bit over a mile around. The north side of the island has a half-mile long boardwalk. There are various entry points to the center attraction, which is a very large statue of Theodore Roosevelt and several large pools that used to have water in them, but haven't for years. Honestly, the trails around the perimeter are the best part of the island. There are bathrooms off the main trail to the right after you get off the bridge. During the summer, you can see turtles sunbathing on logs under the area where the bridge meets the island. There are geckos all along the island. You can see ducks and herons at some of the offshoots of the boardwalk. During the fall, you can sometimes see deer on the south side of the island. You can also often watch the rowing teams from many points on the island.

Danielle Powell: Really neat island! And the trails are easy! The plaza area is beautiful. They have a bathroom on the island; just come prepared with toiletries in case it is out. Parking can be hectic if you don't get there early, though. I arrived at 7:45 a.m. and there were plenty of spots. But when I left around 10 a.m., you had to wait for parking.

Chris Williams: Pretty cool place in the middle of two very busy, fast moving cities. This is an awesome place to get your mind off things and be in nature for a while. My only complaint is that there were many fountains in the main memorial areas that were totally dry, and I was very sad to see them empty with no water.

Scot Fishman: A great local retreat on the border of DC and VA, Roosevelt Island is a convenient spot for a quick getaway on a beautiful day. The parking situation is a train wreck, but if you can manage to get a spot, the reward awaits you across the bridge!

Kris Bell: Nice public space. Boardwalk is quite extensive and in good condition generally. There's a main trail/path and several side paths. At times a little difficult to discern what path to take, but it's only a 1.something mile loop so it isn't like you'll get lost. Overall nice place. Will probable reopen when the leaves are back on the trees to see what it's like then.

Rofaida Elsafty: Excellent for a family walk, the swamp trail is stroller friendly. You need to take right after entering from the foot over bridge for the stroller friendly side. (Left side trail is not stroller friendly). Alternatively you can walk up to the Teddy Roosevelt statue in the middle of the island if you are not in the mood for walking. Free parking which is mostly available. Love Teddy Roosevelt!! The monument in the middle of this island is an awesome tribute one of America's often celebrated but still under appreciated presidents. The park/monument is maintained as it should be, but it's still well worth the visit. He was one of our best. There's a water fountain by the bridge leading onto the island, and a bathroom on the island but I think they removed all the water points on the island so if it's hot, top off you water before you cross the bridge.

Saad Attiyah: This is a great get away from the typical D.C. sightseeing. This has a wonderful trail and captures lots of history of Theodore Roosevelt. Free to get in, lots of parking, and very scenic. Traveling to the park, there are lots of beautiful sights - seeing the Potomac, and the view of Georgetown. Bike path friendly.

Amanda Farley: A very beautiful memorial for Theodore Roosevelt. It doesn't feel like it's right next to the city; it's mostly a forested area with paths and a bridge over the potomac, and they definitely picked his best quotes for the memorial itself. I met my Romeo ❤ here so obviously I'm biased, but definitely worth checking out if you haven't been. Has my seal of approval 👌

Hannah: Super cute small island with walking trails.

Amanda Dennis: The best urban wilderness! Great paths, beautiful trees, cool view of Georgetown.

13. Benjamin Banneker Park

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Benjamin Banneker Park
Location
4.2
Possibility of Parking
4.2
Surroundings
4.3
Services
4.2
Facilities
4.2

Address: 429 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 426-6841

Guy: National park


Review: "I loved the park, it was serene In the manner that's very inviting"

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Brian: Great urban park that is bicycle accessible and walkable from lefant plaza and the warf, and the navy yard and the national mall.

James Walker: Named after one of the architects of the Federal City. The park overlooks the SW Waterfront and views over to the International Spy Museum at L'Enfant Plaza. Has a water fountain, but I have have never witnessed the fountain in use during my visits.

Derriq K: Great place to chill.. Great places to dine.. Very Convenient to Metro if you don’t want to drive and park. I love the history behind this location. I have seen all of the transformations. Wonderful views close to the waterfront! You can even do your grocery shopping. Oh, And did I say that you feel safe here as well!

Austin Graff: At the edge of L'Enfant Plaza where it connects to the District Wharf is a small concrete park with a fountain named after Benjamin Banneker, a freed slave who became a famous scientist and inventor. The park comes with tables and benches making it a popular spot for an outdoor lunch when the weather permits. It also offers beautiful views of the National Mall, the Spy Museum and the District Wharf. There are stairs that take you to the District Wharf and the water.

Ray Chen: Depending on when you're there, the fountain may or may not be working. If it's not working then this "park" will seem like a desolate, abandoned wasteland. It will have great potential, as the Wharf area that it overlooks is in full blown construction right now. Once that's finished it should be a very nice view overlooking the water. On second thought, just wait a year and you'll be much happier that you waited

Isaiah I-Say-ah Walker: I've been coming to this park since I was in high school, that was in the early 2000s. I mention that because the park itself hasn't changed in all these years but the surrounding area has changed drastically!!! There are no more river views (which I loved) due to the new hi-rise buildings that occupy the redeveloped Wharf... However it is still a nice spot relax and enjoy the sound and sight of the water fountain, as well as see planes take off from RR National Airport... Also take some time to learn about Benjamin Banneker and the history of that section of Southwest DC on the information boards...

Cami S: This park is not as well maintained as it deserves to be. A quiet place on a quiet street with nice views. That is soon to change with all the new development and the Spy Museum moving to this locality.

carolyn scott: Nice no traffic walk to NEW Wharf area. Access the elevated park/walkway from L’enfant MTA via MD Ave/D St elevator exit. Near the new SPY museum bldg under construction as of May ‘18. OR Enter from the far N end near Smithsonian MTA Station for longer walk.

Anthony Hunter: The Benjamin Banneker Park is not visit all that often only by office workers that work in the nearby Office Buildings but it has a fountain but the fountain is not turned on very often because the Fountain is very powerful and when it is turned on, the water is everywhere

Queue De Lu: I love the Wharf. Here from Philly twice a month. Celebrating my 45th Birthday today. Free parking. Must be patient.

14. Bartholdi Fountain and Gardens (U.S. Botanic Garden)

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Bartholdi Fountain and Gardens (U.S. Botanic Garden)
Location
4.8
Possibility of Parking
4.7
Surroundings
4.7
Services
4.7
Facilities
4.7

Address: 245 First St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 225-8333

Guy: Botanical garden


Review: "Beautiful park and fountain!"

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Blair Finkelstein: Had tea there 6 morning in a row. Quiet in the middle of the city. The fountain was a pleasant source of music. The garden is beautiful and part of it serves as a demonstration kitchen garden. Well worth a stop b

Adriana VH: Beautiful garden to visit. Counting down to head back up to see the spring flowers in full bloom. First time in years seeing D.C. in the snow in March.

Scott Cornelius: Beautiful park and fountain! Luv these plants bbs

Kyle Hartmann: Home to the Bartholdi Fountain, designed by the same Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi as the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World), Bartholdi Park (frequently referred to as Bart Park) has great views of the Capitol and cultivated gardens around the fountain. The kitchen garden is spectacular in summer, but cool season crops allow for interest all year. There are regional plants such as bog and carnivorous in a rill, and other ones of interest around the few thousand square-foot park. This is still open despite the pandemic, so it definitely worth checking out if around nearby. Cheers.

Godden Garden: It's cool but the water fountain isn't working. Will it ever be back in ?

Bianca Baldizon: Absolutely gorgeous and cozy corner garden with a spectacular view of the US Botanical Garden greenhouse. Worth the pit stop!

Camila Botero: Really beautiful and romantic place.

Maureen Huseman: Beautiful park across the street from the US Capitol Building. Plants and flowers are marked with descriptions. When looking at the fountain in a certain side, you can see the Capitol Building in the background. Very stunning

Jim Blount: It's a great park next to the rayburn building. And across the street from the national botanical ghardens. Its open from spring time to the late fall. It is very maintained with all kinds of flowers from around the world. It also has dozens of chairs and tables to sit down and get out of the blazing DC Sun 🌞.

Sam Odle: Great spot for reading outside or an outdoor meetup/picnic when the weather is nice. Created in 1932, and named after the sculptor of the Fountain of Light and Water at the park’s center, Bartholdi park is overseen by the Botanical garden and is rarely busy as it’s often overshadowed by the nearby Senate grounds.

15. Battery Kemble Park

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Battery Kemble Park
Location
4.4
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Surroundings
4.4
Services
4.4
Facilities
4.4

Address: 3035 Chain Bridge Rd NW, Washington, DC 20016

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 895-6070

Guy: National park


Review: "amazing park for humans and their kids and dogs."

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Jonathan DeGange: Most dogs that live nearby love this place, as does ours. It’s a great park, not technically a dog park but the park rangers are pretty lenient about not having dogs leashed if no one is being bothered. One of Northwest’s better secret getaways with a nice loop for quick walk.

x kuyjyt: Easy parking off Chain Bridge Road NW but so many thoughtless people letting their dogs run off-leash, both on narrow trails and in the open field/picnic area. Selfish, illegal, and dangerous, which we hope NPS will address, starting with more signs and enforcement.

Andrew Palisades: This is *not* (supposed to be) a dog park. There are signs everywhere reminding owners to keep their dogs leashed, punishable with a fine up to $1,500. Few dog owners can read apparently. For those who can, expect your time in the park to be split between dodging doggie greetings and doggie doo-doo. What was once a historic landmark in the city has now gone to the dogs.

Team Taylor: What a delightful day at Kemble Park... great snow and a memory for a lifetime

Mikel Lewis: Beautiful long park with a long unpaved trail from just down from AU all the way to McArthur Blvd

Bryan Hayes: Nice little getaway. Reminder to dog owners, keep those pups on leashes!

Tim S: Lovely dog park, many off leash so know your dog well before you bring them

John Blaser: This is a park to take your dog. They can be off-leash. There is a field, a path through the woods and a creek. Our dog had a great time!

Zach Brown: Nice wide trails, parking available.

Jason Mest: Awesome walk. 2 out of 20 dogs had leashes. Dog lover park...beware

16. Barnard Hill Park

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Barnard Hill Park
Location
4.2
Possibility of Parking
4.2
Surroundings
4.3
Services
4.2
Facilities
4.2

Address: Washington, DC 20018

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (304) 535-4014

Guy: Park


Review: "Beautiful place to relax"

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c harris: If you’re looking for open space to have fun with friends and dogs so you won’t be bothered then this is the place.

latarsha clipper: The patient that attend this program is very rude and the owner of the house mess never send no one there for help

James McLaughlin: This is a rather secluded park with a baseball diamond in a field and a stone road going up a hill to the secluded portion. Great for seeing birds and deer on occasion. The top portion is surrounded by hilly wooded areas.

James Wooten: My best kept secret for my dogs and me.

David DeRosa: Lovely place to see deer, foxes, and the best cherry tree in DC. Must walk up, road usually closed.

Beat Ammann: Nice little hidden space, perfect for kids to run around. Reindeer live there too...

Vanessa Moore: A little bit of peace and quiet right in the city. Beautiful trees.

Christopher Ward: Not much there but deer, a few tables and a dirt road that may be a proble for low riding cars.

Marcellus Jones: Very relaxing, lots of play space for friends and dogs

Mike Chelen: Small but pretty, has picnic tables and trash cans.

17. Rawlins Park

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Rawlins Park
Location
4.4
Possibility of Parking
4.3
Surroundings
4.3
Services
4.3
Facilities
4.3

Address: 1900 E St NW, Washington, DC 20415

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 9PM

Guy: Park


Review: "So beautiful is the perfect spot for the pink magnolias"

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roel g: Fountains not flowing, seems neglected. Few homeless folks sitting around. One couple who appeared to not be homeless. Lots of benches.

Peter Smyth-Hammond: Neat park located in the middle of the East bound and West bound roadways of E St., West of the White House grounds. Would be great for a picnic, but there not much here, and the proximity of the homeless camp make it less appealing as the encampment grows. Closed 9PM to 8AM.

Eileen Morris: I've always wanted to photograph the cherry blossoms! Beautiful.

Francina Thomas: This is very nice park in the middle of downtown DC. There are plenty of park benches, which makes it a wonderful place to walk, relax, or have lunch.

Fahad Aqeel: Nice and quiet. Good for a relaxing lunch or to read a book.

mary sharbatz: Fairly bland and empty place with currently drained ponds. Nice place to stop during the magnolia bloom. The park is lined with saucer magnolia trees, so it turns very pink for a limited time!

Jon Trevino: Loved the blooming flowers in the spring time

Austin Graff: Rawlins Park is a small park to the west of the White House and easy to miss. There's a statue of Rawlins himself looking toward the pool of water in the park. Along the edge of the park are benches to relax on or enjoy your lunch when the sun is out. This small, unknown park becomes famous every year during the cherry blossom festival. Bright pink blossoms emerge and on a sunny day, it's one of the best photo opportunities of DC in the spring. Icing on the cake is there's no crowds unlike the Tidal Basin during the cherry blossoms.

Tyler Larsen: Trees are beautiful. Squirrels are aggressive, so guard your food closely. Turns into a public bath after dark when the fountains are on, so shield your child's eyes.

Dawn Cain: We were able to park here and find 3 Lime scooters to ride to the Mall. We fully enjoyed the day!

18. United States National Arboretum

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United States National Arboretum
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.7
Surroundings
4.6
Services
4.6
Facilities
4.6

Address: 3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 245-2726

Guy: Arboretum


Review: "Beautiful Park that had a variety of things to do and see."

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Eduardo Moser: We visited during cherry blossom days. They have a great variety of cherry trees and magnolias. It is a complement to know different cherry blossoms from those of the Tidal Basin. There is no proper public transportation, so the place is fairly free of tourists. We came to this place by car on the recommendation of a friend who lives in DC. The Bonsai collection is amazing. There is much to walk and explore. On a plain they have mounted the original columns of the Capitol. Bring some snacks and drinks, because there is no service in the place. Access and parking is free.

Laurie Zabala: Beautiful landscaping. Very tranquil & relaxing walk through the extensive herb garden. The Bonsai museum is a must. Great place for a picnic. The National columns are stunning. Entrance is free. Be sure to use the restroom at the visitor center when you first arrive because you'll do alot of walking & that's the only restroom on the grounds. Bring a water bottle & snacks as there is no restaurant on site. Definitely a treasure that's worth the trek to the east edge of DC.

Marty Shaw, Author, RCA, BCMA: Great experience! Just go! I was there in early spring and the colors were amazing. So many different specimens of plant material I never see commercially. They have an amazing assortment of unique things you won't find anywhere else. It was a real treat.

Da-Wang Wu: We came here in late April, and the Azalea blossoming was pretty amazing! Walking on the trail with the Azalea blossoming along the way was very nice. Parking inside the park can be tricky, so we parked in the lot right next to the entrance and walked 5-10 minutes to the main campus. Overall, it’s a beautiful place, and I would definitely come back.

CJ: Depending on when you visit the US National Arboretum, something different is peaking. In mid April, the fruit trees were just past peak, but the lilacs shrubs were close to full bloom. As I strolled thru the lilac grove, the soft lilac fragrance permeated the air. One of the US National Arboretum’s most prominent and a little puzzling landmarks is the old Corinthian National Capitol Columns residing on the Ellipse Meadow. The US National Arboretum was not the column’s intended home when they were quarried back in the early 1800s. Originally, the columns were built as a part of the east portico of the US Capitol Building now located about 3 miles away from the US National Arboretum. By the 1860s, when the dome of the Capitol was completed, the columns were deemed inadequate to support the new dome. It wouldn’t be until the mid 1980s before the columns would find their final home at the US National Arboretum. Twenty-two of the original 24 columns are on majestic display in Ellipse Meadow. During our trip to the US National Arboretum in mid April, the Azaleas were just starting to bud and bloom. So no good pictures this trip. Peak time for the Azalea garden at the arboretum is late April. I hear the Azaleas are a beautiful sight when the hillside is painted with splotches of different colors.

Omar Abu-sabha: It is a great place to walk and enjoy the area's vegetation. The Japanese and Chinese pavilions are very interesting, although they are closed in winter. The old columns of the capitol are without a doubt a must if you like photography.

Melissa B: Despite living in the DC area for over 30 years, I had never been here. What an oversight! The National Arboretum is beautiful and interesting. Everyone there, staff and visitors, were very friendly. I'll be bak again.

Karthikeyan Rajaram: Luck is when you run into a beautiful place like this without planning. Better luck is when you get into it in the company of a person who used to volunteer at this place. We didn’t really plan to be at the arboretum, considering that the Spring is still not Springy enough. We had seen enough of Cherry Blossoms in the Tidal basin area that we thought we could do something else. We just made it to this place on recommendation from one of our relatives, who also accompanied us. Since he was a volunteer here, he helped us navigate and gave us so much insights about the different kinds of plants, flowers, bonsais and the what the lovely people who work here, do. We drove around this place and still got to see more cherry blossoms, along with different other species of flora. The enchanting Bonsai museum is a must visit as it did take our breathes away. The old columns of the capitol and the grove of different state trees are some of the special features of this place. The flowers were not in full blossom and we definitely look forward to checking this place again in summer.

Logan Heilman: Visited for the Bonsai event they were having and had a blast. All the vendors were great and the museums bonsai and penjing exhibit was phenomenal. Will definitely be back.

Elisabeth “Beth” Ostrander: We only had about an hour and headed to the bonsai area. Wow! To see living gifts from Japan and China that were started and cared for since before the birth of our nation was truly outstanding. Befitting our National Arboretum! Will return to see more treasures!

19. Lincoln Park

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Lincoln Park
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Surroundings
4.6
Services
4.5
Facilities
4.5

Address: Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 9PM

Telephone: (202) 472-3884

Guy: Park


Review: "One of the Best Parks in DC and the Best Places to Grow Up in the World"

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Rina Walk: Nice park but no restrooms. Doggie play area could use a fence but all of the dogs there on that day was well behaved. A few picnic tables would be nice. Concerned that a distracted driver might drive into the park.

G Lucas: HAD A BEAUTIFUL LUNCH BREAK STROLL THRU THE PARK ON SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY WITH MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE ❤️💜😘

Lutherina Walk: Nice dog park but no contained areas so your dog must have some home training. Plenty of doggie fun was going in with sticks and balls being fetched. Could use a watering area and restroom. Busy location with some parking spots.

Rich Myers: Great park for adult gathering. Kid areas are not great. Main area is for dogs to play and jungle gyms are limited.

Uncle Poodle: Nice place to take your dog. Or just relax. Beautiful neighborhood park. There is a problematic statue in the center square of Lincoln with a newly freed slave still in shackles but with broken chains kneeling at Lincoln's feet. I believe it is slated for removal. I hope so. We found it offensive. If Lincoln is to be immortalized in bronze along with a freed man, they should be standing face to face. Not with a grovellingly grateful African American man kneeling before him. There was no equality there.

Rohan Bhargava: So much potential but the Park Service doesn't do anything to maintain it. Give it back to DC and let's get a fenced dog park and a nice little hut with food and drinks!

traci faria: A great place to make friends with the locals!

Crystal Wilson: I love seeing and reading everything.The Staff should work harder to keep the bathrooms clean for all patrons, and themselves.Respect the Area!

Dan Colgan: Really interesting vibe at this park. Lots of people and dogs but not crowed. Very enjoyable

Karla L Konte: Lots of big, shady trees. Quiet places to sit and relax as well as spots for interaction with others. Dog friendly too!

20. U.S. National Arboretum

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U.S. National Arboretum
Location
4.9
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Surroundings
4.8
Services
4.8
Facilities
4.8

Address: 2400 R St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Guy: National park


Review: "I was impress to see so much beauty in the heart of the district."

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Tam B: Take the kids, dogs, family and friends. Nice place to walk and learn about the plants and trees. Get up and get out and walk. Plenty of parking at different location throughout the park. Best part it’s FREE. Avoid the traffic of downtown DC and visit the Arboretum and enjoy the weather. Maybe wait till spring for the herbs and flowers to bloom and bonsai exhibit to open back up.

L: What a gem this place is. You can briskly jog and workout with beautiful scenery. You can casually walk and look to study all the amazing plants. A place you can visit any time of any season because there’s a story it’ll tell at any time.

Joe Marhamati: One of the most beautiful parks in the world, owned and operated by the United States Department of Agriculture, it spotlights various species of trees and plants from all over the country. The nature walks are sublime, and the bonsai museum is the largest in North America, but don't forget to take in the Capital Columns atop the hill as you enter from R street NE. An absolute must see spot for everyone in DC.

Rin Wolfe: Very underrated place compared to the many museums in the city center. Lots of interesting sights to see including the famous bonsai collection, historic pillars, and the koi pond. If you have the time, you can poke around and find other interesting bits like the spice garden and state tree collection. Lots of nice paved and maintained paths to explore. Nice to visit any time to year, but most beautiful (and busy) when things are in bloom during spring. If possible, visit early on a weekday. Good place to see birds and other local wildlife too.

Laly Franka: I was impress to see so much beauty in the heart of the district. If you love nature this is the place.

Matthew Nguyen: Many beautiful little trails, sights, plants, and great places to take pictures!

Derek Wider: Nice and pretty, good place for a walk out of the city

Jonathan Zator (JZ): Beautiful escape from the city

Sean Finnegan: Such a jewel in DC. Great for leisurely strolls and/or finding a quiet spot to contemplate life.

Sinbat Siraseranant: Very nicely kept with variety of exotic plants.