Best Parks For Picnics In Washington Near Me

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1. Rock Creek Park

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

Address: 3545 Williamsburg Ln NW, Washington, DC 20008

Telephone: (202) 895-6000

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James Salt: great little swimming hole. this is a river ford with concrete footing so easy on the feet. nice fishing hole with eels just under the bridge to the north.

gordon james: I work at the park so quite naturally I will say that the park is great.

Nnamdi Azikiwe: Our little Washington DC secret.

Marlene Lopez: Peaceful and beautiful

Laura Moreno: Nothing better than run/bike/hike to break the work routine in the rock creek park

Kenneth Cintron: Awesome..!!

Psychic Chevy Chase: Lovers quite time

TC Woodland: Love it

Jose Gonzalez: Nice place

2. Picnic Grove #8

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22 reviews
Picnic Grove #8
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Surroundings
5
Services
5
Facilities
5

Address: XXC5+MG, Washington, DC 20012

Telephone: (202) 895-6070

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Review: "This is near the end of the DC area of the park with quite a lot of ..."

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Royce Raju Beena: This is near the end of the DC area of the park with quite a lot of parking and seats to sit around and enjoy the serenity of the Rock Creek

Hallie Liberto: It's shady and has some flat space for little kids to kick a ball around.

Elmer Yanes: Very peaceful and clean.

George Porter: They finished the paving on Beach Dr.

Kia Arash: Gorgeous nature in the middle of the city

Ron Cappelletti: Nice

Noemy Vasquex: I love it this place ❤️

Jose Lopez: I like thes places

Edward Hidalgo: (Translated by Google) The natural Enmedio of the city, areas for picnics and for walking .. (Original) La natural Enmedio de la ciudad, areas para picnic y para Caminar..

3. Rock Creek Park

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3304 reviews
Rock Creek Park
Location
4.8
Possibility of Parking
4.9
Surroundings
4.8
Services
4.8
Facilities
4.8

Address: 5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008

Telephone: (202) 895-6000

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Review: "Great park for running or picnics."

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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.

4. Fort Dupont Park

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Fort Dupont Park
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Surroundings
5
Services
5
Facilities
5

Address: Minnesota Ave SE, Washington, DC 20019

Telephone: (202) 426-7723

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Review: "A Great park a p picnic in concert."

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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. Fort Washington Park

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Fort Washington Park
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Surroundings
4.5
Services
4.5
Facilities
4.5

Address: 13551 Fort Washington Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 8PM ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 763-4600

Guy: National park


Review: "Excellent park, full of green grass and wonderful picnic spots."

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Dee Mali: Fort Washington Park is historically beautiful. It's nice that it sits right along the river too. Be prepared if you're going to check out the historic site, it has plenty of inclines and declines, wonderful for a nice hike. I saw several people walking the parking lot and roads(which are obviously mostly flat) for exercise. There's plenty of shells on the bank of the river too. Fun place to visit, learn a little history, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river.

Bridgette Jenkins: Great park with a lot of walking trails and historic sites. Really pretty drive through as well or a picnic and bike ride. We went on a Sunday around 10am and there were minimal visitors but got hot quickly so we left about 40min in. But there was still a lot left we didnt see so we plan to return and check out another day and maybe just picnic in the shade.

Ann Yanagihara: This is a beautiful park. There's a lot of historic buildings and it's a beautiful settibg on the Potomac River. There are well groomed easy trails throughout the park, a Visitor's Center and plenty of parking. I didn't pay to enter but it was during the week in the late morning. Not sure if they charge on weekends as there was a gatehouse but it is Federally run. When I was there, it was quiet but with plenty of walkers so as to not feel uncomfortable. Dogs have to be on lead but there were plenty there.

Jonathan Beary: Great location for an outdoor walk with some amazing sight seeing. The fort is open for limited hours each day but the surrounding areas are still fun to explore. Portable toilets are available for the brave or desperate visitor.

Rena Correia: Came for our National Parks Passport stamps and found a beautiful park overlooking the water. Lots of history here with beautiful walking paths throughout the park. We'll definitely be back to walk around the park more leisurely.

Stella C: Very scenic and lovely to go on a walk and take in the local history. The core by the water and the paths are truly relaxing. You can go to the upper or lower levels or walk between to see all the park has to offer.

Rodricka Elliott: Fort Washington is a cool place to check out, especially if you are an American history buff. You have a chance to not only view the fort, but check out some artillery, period furniture, Harmony Hall (a plantation mansion overlooking the Potomac) and there is, of course, plenty of green space for walking. Also, every first Sunday of the month they fire the cannon, accompanied with a brief history of the fort, on the hour a few times a day. Warning: the sound is VERY loud so it may not be ideal for dogs or persons with sensitive ears.

Moving on with Old Man River Old man river: This fort right across the Potomac from Mount Vernon was built right before the battle of 1814. This is one of the brick and mortar forts built for coastal defense. This fort was to protect Washington DC. It was burned after the fall of Washington. It was then rebuilt and during the War between the states and upgraded with heavy guns. It was then upgraded for WW1. They kept the fort and building the same design.

Monica Arciga: What a wonderful surprise! This fort is huge with lots of green space all around. There are many rooms to imagine how defense took place. The views are great. I was hoping for a little more information about the fort and any battles that occurrrd. Plenty of parking.

Christann Chanell: I love the water. I love living near the water. Fort Washington Park is such a beautiful place to walk, sit, relax, read, enjoy an amazing sunset and even see a family of deer grazing on the grounds! A definite must see for anyone in the area!

6. Montrose Park

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

Address: 3052 R St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 2PM Thu

Telephone: (202) 895-6000

Guy: National park


Review: "He let neighbors picnic on his property and that legacy remains."

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Austin Graff: In the north end of Georgetown is a large park that was once the estate of a ropemaker. He let neighbors picnic on his property and that legacy remains. The park became a public park in 1911. Today, it’s a large park with grassy areas with picnic tables, a playground, tennis courts and trails. One trail connects to those found in nearby Dumbarton Oaks Park, a public park behind Dumbarton Oaks Gardens.

Neha Kaul Pankow: Usually, I try to characterize a park before I go... Toddler-friendly? Picnic-friendly? Bbq options? Kids playground? Walk-friendly? What about hiking? Montrose Park has almost everything! This is nice because you have options (even with kids). Occasionally we end up at playgrounds where there isn't anything else and the adults are all just hanging around with nothing to do. At Montrose Park, you can have one adult watch kids while the other goes for a real walk! There were a number of people at the playground when we went. All adults was masked, which we found reassuring since we have little kids who can't be vaccinated yet. There was a fence to contain little ones, which was nice. It's all street parking. We didn't, however, have trouble finding parking (10 am on Sunday). It's a beautiful neighborhood. I didn't bring a stroller and I wish I had. It's not a long walk to the playground FOR AN ADULT 🙂. I'd like to go back and explore the walking trails. They looked beautiful and inviting!

Russell W Miller: This is a hidden gem in DC. The upper, street level of the park is a large open grassy space that includes a playground area and tennis courts. Walk back from the street through all of the this and the park turns much more natural and descends the steep forested hillside to Rock Creek. There are multiple paths down ranging from narrow footpaths to a gravel road. At the bottom is the dog beach. Many dog parents (and some people parents) come here to let their dogs swim in rock creek. The water is rapid but there is an eddy along the beach area to let small dogs swim. Bigger dogs will swim out into the current after balls and sticks. I personally only bring my dog here when it hasn’t rained heavily for at least a week and lightly for at least two days. This is because there are numerous sewage outflows into Rock Creek and its tributaries upstream of this spot. The bacterial counts in this waterway can be extremely dangerous after a storm. Even when it hasn’t rained recently the water is not considered safe for human swimming. I wade in with my pup but I am careful not to let any in my mouth and to wash my hands throughly afterwards. The pup also gets a full bath with shampoo after every visit. Despite all this it’s still my favorite place to take him in DC. He loves to run around without fear of running into traffic and explore the rocky hillsides and forest.

Michele Banks: Love this park. Tennis courts, playground, lots of beautiful old trees and the best squirrels in DC

Gigi Swift: Just a delightful park with decent public restrooms. I’m confused why the richest neighborhood has let the maze fall into disrepair for decades?

Lauren Roy: Great park for all humans, small and big and their canine companions. My kids love the playground, dated but great climbing and swings. Great ball chasing fields next to playground and the trails of Rock Creek Park directly below.

Brooke Powell: Idyllic hidden park. I just kind of wandered down a path and discovered it- there’s a charming map at the entrance explaining the features. My dog was in love with this place.

Dr Ngozi M Awa: Lovely greenery all round the park and very peaceful. A good place to go and relax. Only down side is dogs running around the playground, sitting and dinning without control. Perhaps the park management should designate an area for dog walking. They should also require dogs to be leashed.

Scott Marquardt: Nice facilities for young children, tennis players, picnickers, walkers and dogs (well, not much beyond open space for the latter)

Candy Stuart: We were so happy to have found a lovely park to BBQ

7. The Yards Park

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The Yards Park
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Surroundings
4.7
Services
4.6
Facilities
4.6

Address: 355 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Guy: Park


Review: "Beautiful place for a picnic"

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Da-Wang Wu: The area was nicely designed with beautiful bridges, lawn and chairs along the way. It’s not too crowded on weekend evening in late April. The night view was pretty amazing, and there seemed to have some great restaurants, winery and stores around this area. We had a fantastic dinner at Chole and walked around the park after it. Highly recommend!

Jason Persaud: Lovely park with excellent views of the Anacostia River and Frederick Doulgass Memorial Bridge. Very neat and well-kept. Lots of walker, joggers, runners, strollers and pets…but more than enough space for everyone. The area itself has lots of nice and trendy eating options a block or two in. A short scenic walk to Nationals Ball Park. Street parking in the area is tough but there is a large parking lot on Water Street SE and 4th Street SE which is reasonably priced…$2-3/hr on weekdays/weekends. Retrieve ticket upon lot entry, pay at muni meter when you are leaving and insert paid ticket into turnstile. (Pretty common process)

I SLAY ALL DAY TRAVEL The Solo Traveler: The Rose All Day event was beauty!!! Everyone was dressed to impressed and the crowd was a sure fun feeling. I’m so happy I came but was told at the lat minute. Il’ll be sure to attend more events with such prestige.

Ismael Negron: Very nice remake of the old Anacostia Waterfront. A lot of good restaurants and even the only winery in DC, District Winery. Walks along the Anacostia Riverfront from the new Frederick Douglas Bridge to the Navy Yard are very enjoyable, with lost of benches to rests, and sights platforms with weird art instalations to take pictures of.

beyondTabu: Really nice area with shops restaurants and bars. There was a live concert which was really good. Lots of kids and adults alike were dancing and relaxing on the grass. It got really busy as it was a Friday night and parking gets tough.

Stuart Miles-McLean: Beautiful walk along the west bank of the Anacostia River on a boardwalk with beautiful views of the river, lots of benches, shady spots, a shallow pool w/ waterfall for kids to play, plus entertainment and dining options. You can also make it a nice walking, running, or biking loop by going across the river on the 11th Street bridge, through Anacostia Park on the east side of the river, then across the Frederick Douglass bridge, and back around to Yards Park -- lots of pretty views and good trails the whole way.

Carmen Rodriguez: Great place for pictures and lots of restaurants to choose from.

Richard Miller: Great area for restaurants, bars, and shopping. There's an area for kids to swim in a shallow pool. Great place to walk dogs. Also has dog park.

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Elizabeth Saxon: Absolutely Outstanding. I moved out of the Metropolitan area at 14. It was the first time home on 36 years.What a beautiful experience to see such beauty. What a gift to feel so safe.

8. Barnard Hill Park

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

Address: Washington, DC 20018

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (304) 535-4014

Guy: Park


Review: "Don't really remember going to this park"

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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.

9. Mount Eagle Park

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68 reviews
Mount Eagle Park
Location
4.2
Possibility of Parking
4.3
Surroundings
4.2
Services
4.2
Facilities
4.2

Address: Huntington Park Dr, Alexandria, VA 22303

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (703) 324-8732

Guy: Park


Review: "Nice place for picnics and dog fun"

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Morgan W: Nice little park! Only thing to make it better would be permanent bathrooms. I reserved this for an event, having the playground equipment was great for the youngins. There were plenty of picnic tables and seats for a group of 25. Of note, the volleyball court is not included with the pavilion reservation. The reservation process was fairly simple using the Fairfax county website.

Hillard Wheeler: Great park, but no restroom areas. We had some folks walk up and wanted to enter the space we had paid for, just because they had a kid that was sharing the same birthday, I think not. They finally left. The other issue that really upset us. Trying to find the park, GPS doesn't really leaf you there correctly.

Jennifer Coyne: Simple green space with a nice walking trail loop. Small playground, volleyball net with sand, and a pavilion. The trail area is paved and fairly wide, so good for small kids to scooter or bike around without bothering other people. It's basically a neighborhood park so no dedicated parking or bathrooms.

Gavin Smith: Nice small park. Roughly 0.25mi paved loop with open grass field within it. Playground equipment for kids. Sand volleyball court. Pavillion with picnic tables for seating. Several benches around the paved walking loop. Port-O-John bathroom through the small woods at the parking lot.

Rose Moore: Nice little park tucked away by Huntington Metro behind the newish condos. Playground, covered picnic tables, and a sand volleyball area. Lots of green and 3 Pokemon stops! 2 gyms and one regular stop. Just missing restrooms!!

Carine Gonçalves: Great park! Only bad thing is that it gets too dark during the night.

Marti Garza: Nice little park. Has a sand volleyball area, a track for walking and running, a grassy field for kids and dogs. Hidden away behind an apartment complex, but worth the trip. A little local gem.

Brooks B: Great little park with cover tables but on a hill so on a gusty day it can get cold.

Phil Harang: A sand volleyball court, a playground for children and a flat field for soccer or football. That's it. It is well kept and there's no trash anywhere but there's also no parking or restrooms. Probably a good thing for the locals but not for visitors. BTW the sand on the volleyball court is rock hard and the sport field slopes as soon as you reach the edges.

Eduardo Rivera: I used to cross this park every morning when I was staying at the Days Inn to go to the Huntigton Metro Station.

10. Meridian Hill Park

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Meridian Hill Park
Location
4.4
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Surroundings
4.5
Services
4.4
Facilities
4.4

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

Telephone: (202) 895-6000

Guy: Park


Review: "Great park for picnics, relaxation, and weddings."

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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!!

11. Kingman And Heritage Islands Park

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229 reviews
Kingman And Heritage Islands Park
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Surroundings
4.4
Services
4.4
Facilities
4.4

Address: 575 Oklahoma Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 488-0627

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Review: "Nice place 2 take long walks & picnics"

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Casaundra Blackmon: This is a really beautiful spot it's clean considering there aren't any park police or volunteers visually there. Nice fishing or just chill spot. I didn't even know it was there

M planetmike: An under-discovered wild refuge in the city. This could be maintained better. There is litter and old concrete strewn about which needs cleanup. Another footbridge at the southern tip of the island to Burnham Barrier Wayside would complete its pedestrian access. There are also many invasive plant species which need to be replaced. However, "all-in-all", very thankful to have this real wildlife area within the concrete jungle of DC. Keep It Wild DC!

Critical Chris: A treasure tucked away on the east side of DC. A great close by place of respite from the urban streetscape. A place of seclusion for couples and lovers. A family friendly place too. Its proximate to the Anacostia river walk bike trail system. It’s also somewhat transit oriented, and not too far from Stadium Armory metro.

Rachel B: Lovely little trail oasis in the middle of the city! You can go here and catch lots of wildlife - turtles and birds. Near to RFK park and stadium, almost interconnecting to the track and soccer fields. The parks in general seemed to be slightly lacking in upkeep on the day I went, but giving some benefit of the doubts that maybe it was just an off day. Mostly, the park and connecting fields all seem really nice and enjoyable! #kingmanandheritage #park #birdwatching #heritageislands

Sean Finnegan: Nice wide boardwalk to the island. Easy access from The Fields parking areas near RFK. Great for exploring and being near the water. The Anacostia River and its waterways aren't the cleanest however it seems to be getting better.

Luis Escobar: We live near the islands in the River Terrace neighborhood. I take my dogs walking here every day and it's done wonders for my physical and mental health. The sunsets on the river are beautiful, there's so much nature watching to do on the islands, and it's never really crowded so no issues with social distancing. It's also nice to go read the while others are fishing off the wooden deck. When COVID is over, I'm looking forward to hitting up the annual Bluegrass music festival that takes place here in the spring!

Webb Moncure: My sons and I always come and visit this park in DC when they are in town for the weekends or summer break. We enjoy the ease of access to some decent fishing on the island(s) in the Anacostia. We have seen turtles, snakes, and we have caught plenty of fish. It's a great place for a day outing / brief hike, and a nice place to walk the dogs. It doesn't feel like you're in a big city! Parking is easily found in the RFK parking lot, and we really enjoy coming here when the weather is nice.

Austin Graff: If you are someone who gets exhausted by the hustle and bustle of a city like DC, Kingman and Heritage Island Park is for you. Metro on over to Stadium-Armory and walk over to the small bridge to the left of the stadium. Once over, you'll feel like you're in a small part of the Shenandoah National Forest. Walk around the island by the water and enjoy the trees. At some point, you'll walk under the bridge filled with beautiful graffiti and Instagram worthy moments. Warning: Don't go here alone. It's a little creepy at times. Take a friend or two or your dog.

Cathy Nelson: Great trail for walking or riding. Enjoy the view!

Don Malnati: Considering a location, walking in these parks is quite amazing. We were there in the spring, and new growth was just popping out with everything a nice spring green. It is marshland, so not a lot of flowers, but we did see a beaver like creature. It's a nice walk to just get out in nature a bit.

12. Kalorama Park

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

Address: 1865 Kalorama Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 673-7606

Guy: Park


Review: "Love the fact that the kids areas are fenced in. Nice park for picnic too."

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m rivera: Favorite park to go to relax and watch the sunset. Recently remodeled the playground for kids to play. Open space for picnics and enjoying the scenery. Well kept and clean. Late at night, there are occasionally shady people, but if you leave them alone they don't bother. Definitely recommend this park to relax and have fun!

Maria Isabel: I live 2 blocks from this park. I have spent countless evenings relaxing after work on the grass, or I bring a beach chair. It has basketball courts, 2 areas for children (one for toddlers, one for a bit older children), grassy area, benches (the benches are almost always under the sun instead of under a shade, which is too bad) and 2 picnic tables that are usually occupied. (One of the picnic tables is of wood, it's comfortable, and it's under the shade of a tree; the other one is of cement, very uncomfortable, and it sits under the scorching sun). My friends in the neighborhood have organized birthday parties for their children; they go early to reserve the good picnic table and we all have a blast. There is a private area for the neighborhood that is kept under lock; inside are a few plots for gardening that are assigned by lottery every year; and there is also a composting center. I participate in the composting and it's a great resource to have close to home. Group activities (apart from birthday parties) are controlled. A friend went with her capoeira group to do a class in the open park and they were told they needed a permit for groups of more than 10 persons. However, my other friends who celebrated their children's birthday parties had more than 10 persons and nobody approached them to say anything, so who knows what the rules are. There is a community center in the Park that I have never seen open or doing any activities. Some volunteers have been making a special garden East of the basketball court, to avoid erosion, and they planted beautiful flowers and named it the Jardin de las Mariposas (Butterfly Garden). Gorgeous. Some people go in swimming suits to get tanned lying on the grass and it doesn't seem to be a problem. Nearby you have Street Market where you can buy food (I like fresh cut fruit) to eat in the park; and some other shops that sell sandwiches and wraps or whatever, so it's easy to do a picnic here. The park is absolutely amazing, I love living close to it.

Hernan Cortes: Deceptively large. The Washington D.C. area is gorgeous in its lush natural state where the landmarks and memorial statues and buildings are not taking their place prominently. This park is among many and yet distinct as a hidden gem nestled in the urban residential district in the dwellings zone.

Soph B: It's a beautiful, well maintained park in a central location. Two different enclosed smaller parks for children although no distinct dog park. It's a lovely place for a picnic or a quick break from the daily grind.

Jason Alredge: The park is very vast, with apartment buildings and homes surrounding it. It's a great place for the kids and adults.

Robin Andretta: Loved it! Clean and well maintained,my five year old had a blast !

Tristana Fiscella: Such a fantastic place. Enough space to where different areas engender different feelings and activities. The playground is at a distance from the court which is away from the benches and so on... You can return many times and have different experiences. Lovely place to meet a friend and walk a furry family member. 🙏🏻🐕

Hernán Cortés: Nice gem of a park. Children play structures, basketball court, and the park trails made it quite the beautiful find.

Julian Loayza Grisi: Beautiful park, it's a great place for a picnic in the summer

Tricia James: Beautiful park with fun play equipment for different ages

13. Picnic Grove #10

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Picnic Grove #10
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Surroundings
4.7
Services
4.6
Facilities
4.6

Address: Beach Dr NW, Washington, DC 20015

Telephone: (202) 895-6070

Guy: Picnic ground


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Nubia Fasil D.: Serene scenic view...took a moment from driving through the park and enjoyed some fresh air..hope you do the same .

Darren Kealey: I know that I came here with friends and family and people visiting from out of the state and all had the best time at Rock Creek Park. I recommend it and didn't come here for a long time, but will soon.

Royce Raju Beena: This is last spot of the DC area of the park with quite a lot of parking and seats to sit around and enjoy the serenity of the Rock Creek, it also has restrooms across the road

1 1: Good trail leading down to the valley trail, beach drive, and bathrooms.

Yy xx: It is nice for walking and bike riding

Vonnie Calemine: Good place to hike with my dog. She always had fun.

I EAT BATS Dude: It's a nice easy walk it's not to long or to short.

Gloria Cannon: Impossible to reach by car

Joesph Cooke: Love rock park as kid still the park

Carl Butler: CAN WE LIGHT FIREWORKS HERE

14. Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

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Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.5
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: "Lots of picnic tables and sites"

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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.

15. Hains Point Picnic Area

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Hains Point Picnic Area
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Surroundings
4.5
Services
4.5
Facilities
4.5

Address: 2301 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (202) 245-4715

Guy: Picnic ground


Review: "Good fishing spot or just family picnic."

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Ankita Jawale: Well if you are looking for peace, this is the place. Must visit during early summer to see Cherry blossom here. This place is not much crowded as compared to the Tidal Basin Point. You can enjoy the serenity here for sure

Anthony Nicholas: Place has been pretty awesome so far. And some pretty spectacular views as you can see. Come see all DC has to offer with nature and wildlife included.

Craig De Columbian: Great place to get away from the city without leaving the city. Restrooms are usually clean and well stocked with toiletries. There are beautiful grounds for everything from having a family cookout to fishing or a game of minuture golf. There's also a great clubhouse restaurant and a complete 18 hole golf course.

nate french: On the back of this book, it says, “The inmate with a mop / held back the inmate / without a mop.” I almost feel like I shouldn’t say anything else about this book, but I will. It has very little to do with inmates; except, as soon as I see that written, I’m thinking that it has everything to do with inmates, and that we’re all always inmates to something, and that the whole world is helping other inmates out, or not. So, maybe that’s exactly what this book can do. Sam and Sheila are boyfriend and girlfriend, sort of. Not a lot happens in this story; in fact, you could read it and say that it’s about nothing. But then you can’t stop thinking about it, so it must be about something. It’s supposed to be semi-autobiographical. And, if you know anything about Lin, you know that he’s constantly being a subtle genius. People understand him. This book reflects an alternative youth culture that tests the mainstream. Sam gets thrown in jail for shoplifting, more than once. He’s vegan. Life is repetitive. Pretty soon you’ll ask yourself what you’ve done today, this week, this year. -Micah Ling

Allen Mayo: Went to catch the sunset but will do some laps on my bike just not tonight.

Tommy Bellomy: Very nice with picnic tables, grills, restroom facility, playground for children and a nice view of the river.

Saurabh Patil: Great place to view cherry blossoms. Its a truly beautiful place to visit. Its quiet peaceful and aloof from the crowds flocking DC.

Cute_Taurus DC: This place is amazing. They a playground for kids, plenty of picnic areas. And the view of National Airport

Scott Sipling: Great park lots of space. Good fishing spot or just family picnic.

Cardell Love: A beautiful peninsula with the Washington channel on one side facing the wharf and on the other side of Potomac River across from national airport. It has tennis courts golf course and a mini golf course great place for barbecues walking and a nice playground for the children

16. Anacostia Park

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

Address: 1900 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Guy: Park


Review: Their website mentions park's picnic

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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

17. Fort Slocum Park

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Fort Slocum Park
Location
4.3
Possibility of Parking
4.2
Surroundings
4.2
Services
4.2
Facilities
4.2

Address: 5800 Kansas Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 895-6070

Guy: Park


Review: "Nice neighborhood park for a lazy Sunday picnic."

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Marshall (MRJ56): My daughter lives across the street from the park. It is well kept and quiet. Sometimes you will see deer coming out of the woods. The pavilion is clean and a good place for a family picnic. There is plenty of space for fun and games. And it is a good place to play when it snowing.

Michelle Serfass: Expansive open space and a small woodsy area that are perfect for exploring nature.

derek thames: Great place to get away for a day somewhere different take lunch

Натан Рудяк-Кричевский: Great park, but every evening I see trash like cans of plastic and bags on the edge of territory

Robert McCollum: They love this park. Free waste bags.

Andy Serfass: This is a smallish park for DC but has a pavilion to sit under (although DC has more scenic parks to have an event) and a small forest with some short, locally made trails (ie unofficial). Not enough for a true hike but good for dog walking. I've seen deer, rabbits, chipmunks, and the usual city wildlife.

Michael Cohen: Great open, hikeable space in the heart of the city. Perfect for hanging out in the woods when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of DC.

Eric Lausten: Wooded city park with trails, a grassed field area and a pavilion. Great place to go walk the dog and bring the kids

Jim B.: A nice park for the area. It has a pavilion that's dated. But it's ok. It would be nice if park service put more picnic tables for others to sit and enjoy the scene.

Harold Bobbitt: That was my neighborhood park. Played ball there and enjoyed summer in the park concerts there back in the 1970s.

18. Picnic Grove #6

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Picnic Grove #6
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Surroundings
4.7
Services
4.7
Facilities
4.7

Address: 696 Beach Dr NW, Washington, DC 20012

Guy: Picnic ground


Review: "There is a public restroom and bunch of picnic tables."

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Jacob K: Most people in DC go out to have picnic or enjoying the nature, HOWEVER, this is one of the best place for PICNIC, HIKJNG, RUNNING, and RELAXING very beautiful scenery, nice sound of water by the creek, great place to have a walk , and even enjoyable when you drive on the Beach Drive one end to another. Just go and enjoy . You will like it. Please click the Like icon if it is helpful

Ethem Coskun: Beautiful, just beautiful. We went here on one of the hottest days of summer and it was cool enough to enjoy the nature while the city was burning under the sun. You can walk through the river, it is very shallow. There is a public restroom and bunch of picnic tables. Trees are all protecting you from direct sunlight.

Gina Castro: A great spot to enjoy Spring time with families and friends, plenty of banks and space to do barbecue, picnic or just relax. Parking area has plenty of spaces.

S. Charles Smith: Great place for a picnic. Sadly, some people that use it, don't pick up after themselves despite the conveniently located trash and recycling receptacles.

Rodrigo Fernandez: Conveniently located next to a big parking lot, a good amount of picnic tables and grills, nice spot between rock creek ans a smaller creek, an a good amount of flat green space for all sorts of games

jreda2000: Great hiking trail with multiple side paths to get you back to the main road if your legs get tired or sore. Rock Creek has many trails criss crossing through the park. A real gem minutes outside downtown DC.

Galen Ra: My Shiva thinks it's the best place ever

Umar Mansoor: Nice and clean. Great place for a picnic or get together, like BBQ and stuff. There is also a lake running on the side.

Ambar Martinez: Such a great place to walk and be with nature!!!

Brian Mullins: Unbelievable that such an amazing park is in such an urban area as DC