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1. Rock Creek Park

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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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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. Stanton Park

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Stanton Park
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Surroundings
5
Services
5
Facilities
5

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6AM Thu

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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.

3. Anacostia Park

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Anacostia Park
Location
4.9
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Surroundings
4.8
Services
4.8
Facilities
4.8

Address: 1900 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

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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

4. Fort Washington Park

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

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

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

Telephone: (301) 763-4600

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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!

5. Fort Dupont Park

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

Address: Minnesota Ave SE, Washington, DC 20019

Telephone: (202) 426-7723

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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.

6. Meridian Hill Park

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

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

Telephone: (202) 895-6000

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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!!

7. Great Falls Park

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Great Falls Park
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Surroundings
4.7
Services
4.7
Facilities
4.7

Address: 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102

Telephone: (703) 757-3101

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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!

8. The President's Park

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

Address: 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 208-1631

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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.

9. Montrose Park

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178 reviews
Montrose Park
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.5
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

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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

10. Washington Monument Grounds

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

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

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 245-4715

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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. Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

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

Address: 1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 692-6080

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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.

12. Lincoln Park

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

Address: Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 9PM

Telephone: (202) 472-3884

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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!

13. West Potomac Park

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West Potomac Park
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.7
Surroundings
4.6
Services
4.6
Facilities
4.6

Address: 2912 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20418

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (202) 426-6841

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I SLAY ALL DAY TRAVEL The Solo Traveler: I’m born and raised in DC and never been to West Potomac Park. Glad I came here to participate in the activities. This was for the Something in the Water Gospel event. It was a pop up church service and free! I love my city DC. 🙏🏿❤️

John Thompson: Actually, I met several US Park Police officers when I was stopped for driving 31 mph in a 15 mph area. I often drive through the park to access 395. Officers were great and professional. I was polite and guilty. Still got a 100.00 ticket for not having registration and insurance card in vehicle. The best part is that they did not keep the THC gummy bears on the front seat.

Michael B: A really great spot for social and intramural sports, but it is kind of hard to navigate to. Be prepared to make your way through hoards of mall tourists and find limited cabi bike parking.

Mina F.: Amazing place. I don’t know why the world’s is getting worse. Why we don’t Lear about this people again

Michael Gast: Love this park. We did the lime scooters and had a blast. It is amazing to see all the monuments up close.

Patricia Zimath: The Cherry blossom blooming are amazing

Abhijit Ahir: Loved the scenery and the quiet here! Great if you run or do long walks everyday. A little far away from the hustle-bustle of the Capitol area but definitely worth it. Just park your car in this lush green park, take a stroll alongside the beautiful Potomac river, and breathe some clean, fresh air!

James Walker: Great views around the Tidal Basin, walk from Kutz Bridge at Independence Avenue see some older magnificent cherry trees. Continue down pass MLK Jr. Memorial and between Roosevelt Memorial for great panoramic views over to Jefferson Memorial. If you're careful, you can see all the way to the District Wharf Southwest.

Yadsendewodtitahw With Cheryl: Great event given by Pharrel Williams pop up church great success . Secure.. no biting mosquitos ect. Clean

Ryan Lemmer: Incredible spot to see the cherry blossoms. Well worth getting there early to get a spot. The area is safe and parking is reasonable.

14. Marion Park

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

Address: E St SE & 6th St SE, 401-479 E St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (202) 673-2402

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Luis Rueda: A very good neighborhood park, with a dog park next to a fenced children's playground. It helps that it is across the street from the local police station, so very safe. Plenty of benches to sit, watch the birds and people.

Harish Ramroop: Great park. Best for toddlers (up to maybe 3 but not more than 3)

carol green: Great neighborhood park. Separate fenced area for children and dogs off leash are allowed outside that area. Plenty of benches, and trash receptacles to keep things neat and clean. Today, kids playing catch, hide n seek, man practicing trumpet people chatting. Wonderful asset for the neighborhood!

David Smalley: What kind of sicko would have not one, but five human fetuses in their home? Why, that would be wingnut LAUREN HANDY of course. Prosecute her to the fullest. Her community service could be mopping the floors at Planned Parenthood.

Sam Odle: Love this park, great for its smaller size. Would recommend Garfield park as its ~2 blocks away and much larger. Technically Marion is not a dog park but there's off leash dogs here every day on the side without the playground. Watch out for trash overflows on long weekends. 🐶❤️🐶❤️🐶

Robert Lacy: I was at the park across the street with my grand daughter and she had to use the bathroom and they said NO

Walt Nicholson: Great spot for a quiet moment, dog walk or playtime with the kids (good playground section).

Double Dutch 4 Fun: Nice, clean & peaceful. Good for kids under 5yrs old. Police precinct across the street. Hate to see unleashed dogs in close range of kids.

Josh Bull: Great kids playground for the under 3 age group (slides, safety structures, step distances etc). Also people have left old pushcart toys etc. Gated all the way around. Dedicated dog park adjacent / other half of the park.

Lauren: Great place to bring your family and pets to. There is a children's play space gated off from the rest of the park. The grass is usually dead in the center of the park unfortunately.

15. East Potomac Park

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East Potomac Park
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Surroundings
4.5
Services
4.5
Facilities
4.5

Address: Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024

Telephone: (202) 485-9880

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Trent Heck: This was a beautiful and picture-perfect park, especially when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. The park is right next to a marina with shopping, fishing, and is fairly close to the Jefferson Memorial. There are cherry trees by the Jefferson Memorial as well. Like all national parks in the city, these are free and open to the public.

Renita Lake: Super crowded because of the time of year, but it has easily been 20 years since I was last at the Tidal basin for the cherry blossoms. IT was worth it and the weather was beautiful.

Mellie Davis: This is my favorite place to come bbq and spend time with friends. Easy Potomac Park and specifically Hains Point is easy to get to if you’re driving. Nice for a picnic and a sunset. There’s also mini golf and an actual golf course.

M.E.: This large area is utilized by bicycle riders, walkers, picnickers, family gatherings in warm, sunny days. Safe and maintained throughout. Restroom included. Several parking lots. Boat launch & boating school on premises.

Muniba Khan: Beautiful park! I recommend coming during the cherry blossom bloom. Be warned that if you come on the weekend during peak bloom it'll probably be really crowded!

Li Ju: Very hard to get a parking spot during peak season for cherry blossom. But it is truly beautiful here, enjoyed walking around here.

Archie: Its nice park area to watch cherry blossoms, boating, Jefferson monument and scenic view.Its awesome location with nearby parking and warf for cruise n taxi lines.

Shiho F: I loved strolling around East Potomac Park. It's so relaxing. It offers a rustic getaway from the busy city. It is beautiful and only a short drive away

Teresa Rivera: Beautiful stretch along the river where you can walk, bike, sit and read, or just people watch under the cherry blossom trees

Sckethia Byrd: Lovely area to walk, jog, run, or just sit and enjoy the view. Lots of trees for shade. Very close to monument and memorials.

16. U.S. National Arboretum

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

Address: 2400 R St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

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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.

17. Kenilworth Park

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Kenilworth Park
Location
3.9
Possibility of Parking
3.9
Surroundings
4
Services
3.9
Facilities
3.9

Address: 1500 Deane Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019

Telephone: (202) 692-6080

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Meg Earsley: Great place for short walks (under 2 miles) and bird watching. I really enjoyed the boardwalks. Connects to longer trails. Highly recommend!

Daniel Riley: I don't know why people gave this park a bad review. It's an amazing park with lots of wildlife in the woods and trails around the fields. There are at least 3 large families of deer living in the woods around the walking trails and are always feeding and chilling on the shrubs (pretty unique to see in DC). The road in is definitely in need of repair, but if it prevents more people from driving their cars in, then probably for the better.

Josie: Lovely, Nice place to have a picnic and fly your kites. Quite spacious. Also a short 20 minute walk to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

Mac May: The field itself is good for sporting events. It is not simply far from everything but very difficult to get to with confusing and poorly designed and maintained roads. People generally leave a lot of trash around.

Corey Shaw: Great field. It could definitely use some fresh grass though. Also pave the road, please?

Pam Cochran: The road is almost impassable. The grass needed cutting, the parking lot full of potholes

Sac Mac: It's a nice walk

Don Moody: Chill

SNEAKERHEAD MACK: To many nets

Heidy Galicia: (Translated by Google) Excellent place I like to be in family (Original) Excelente lugar me gusta para poder estar en familia

18. The Yards Park

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

Address: 355 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

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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.

19. Marvin Gaye Park

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Marvin Gaye Park
Location
4.1
Possibility of Parking
4.2
Surroundings
4.1
Services
4.1
Facilities
4.1

Address: 5200 Foote St NE, Washington, DC 20019

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 8PM ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 462-7275

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Roosevelt The Bear Benjamin: This place used to be a great place to chill, and enjoy the weather and scenery. Now it's deplorable! Hang out spot for drunkards and dopers etc. Don't eat at any of the restaurants on that street.

donna bethea: Park is nice . It is kept clean most of the time visitors clean up their trash.. need more. Activities

Akeem Haynes: Very nice park to bring your family

Alvin Richburg III: Went for East End Market, or was a great time

James C. Smith III: Everytime I visit this place, I sing a combination of one of Marvin Gaye's songs mixed in with a little D.M.X. saying "Let's Get it on!" LoL 😂

Secrett Happy Place: It was great there. They had a lot of events when my sun and I were there. I had a good time. Also its kinda dirty. The pictures of the mosaic art is at a restaurant or a food hall near the park.

Wayne Sprigg: It's a nice park

Roxanne Mimms: If ur from this area you'll.feel.comfortable allow the kids or the dog run a play freely. Lots of space, green and slightly clean. They r still.working on getting the alcoholics and drug addicts out of the park

Robert Miles: We cook food and feed the homeless

Gwop Gwalah: I love the supportive citizens, when it comes to recreational activities! they feed you also, loyal to one another.

20. US Capitol Grounds

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US Capitol Grounds
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Surroundings
4.7
Services
4.6
Facilities
4.6

Address: Washington, DC 20016

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 226-8000

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Ashok Patel: The 58 acre very well maintained park immediately surrounding the US Capitol building is known as US Capitol Grounds. The green lush park-like setting looks beautiful against the Capitol building and National Mall. The grounds is bordered by stone wall. Different types of trees and bushes are grown in the grounds with curved walkways. Many trees on the Capitol grounds have memorial associations. Leisurely walk around the world power center to explore the beauty of the Capitol building is great experience. The entry to the Capitol building is closed for the general public but walking up to the steps of this symbolically most important and impressive public building of United States and the world is great opportunity. After six months of enhanced security measures, finally the fence is down and people can now visit the Capitol grounds.

Sara García: Make sure you book a tour online ahead of time! I arrived a few minutes early for a tour, checked in and stood in line for about 15 minutes - which was super fun because one of the docents entertained us with some awesome facts about the statues in the Visitor Center. The tour started with a 13-minute film to set the scene. We were all lined up and given wireless tour guide systems - make sure you stay close to your guide or you'll lose signal otherwise. The actual tour was educational and fun. Our guide took us to great points of interest throughout and encouraged us to take pictures and ask plenty of questions. Given heightened security measures and the uphill climb to the south entrance, be sure you arrive early enough to be on time for your scheduled tour.

Greggory Ring: Had a great tour of the Capital grounds. We made arrangements with the Arizona Rep, to show us around. Small group of 14 people. Really enjoyed it.

Calvin Bryant: Fantastic place to walk and explore. The buildings are majestic and the grounds beautiful. Watch for criminals as it is DC and politicians aren't the only ones there who want to rob you lol. Seriously, crime in DC is typical liberal city crime... bad, bad, bad. However, the capital grounds are safer than other areas.

Hebert getry: This is have to visit. We didn't get tickets online previously cause it were not available but once there we scan a QR code on the main entrance and we got tow tickets to visit it an hour later so if you don't get tickets before you arrive there try the QR code. We were lucky cause it was two tickets available and we were two but if you do that the first day in town maybe you can get for the following days. The visit was too short for me but you can not miss this if you are in DC.

pdnapora: Great FREE hour long tour of the Capitol Bldg. Funny and knowledgeable tour guide. Not rushed and plenty of restrooms. Reservations are required and quite limited, so plan ahead. 3 weeks for the WH.

Emily: Super cool!! A great place to get the best picture is on the right or left stairs of the capital!!

Lou Fegans: As of July 2021 the Capitol Grounds are open! Beautiful, well manicured grounds with stunning views of both the Capitol Building and the National Mall. West Lawn: great views down the mall, overlooking the Washington Monument and the National Mall. Best spot for photos in the evening, and great place to watch the sunset. At the end of the lawn is the capitol reflecting pool. Provides great photos of the capitol reflecting in the water. East Lawn: paved area with iconic steps leading up to each chamber. This is also the primary entrance for visitors to the Capitol at the Capitol Visitors Center. Best spot for photos in the mornings. North/South lawn: beautiful gardens and shady sidewalks. Note the walk around the capitol is very steep. Tip: you can reserve tickets to visit the Capitol with the Capitol Visitors Center or reach out in advance to your representatives for a more intimate tour of the Capitol. If you did not arrange a tour in advance you can stop by any Congressional office to pick up chamber passes. These passes will get you into the building and allow you to sit in the chambers and watch the proceedings. You will not have a guide but will be able to be in the building on your own.

Kenneth Emerson: The importance of this place can be a little overwhelming. If you've never really walked around in history before. KenEK5!

Eithne McBride: Yep, brought the dogettes here, too! I'd never been to Washington DC before so I thought I'd drive through with my fur kids early one morning. My inner dialogue went something like, "I wonder how easy it is to find the capitol -- OH!" and there we were. I worried the whole time that I might be parking somewhere inappropriate since I had a huge parking lot with "authorized vehicle parking only" signs everywhere but we took a chance and hopped out for a photo anyway. No regrets! 😊