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1. United States Botanic Garden

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United States Botanic Garden
Surroundings
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5
Services nearby
5

Address: 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 225-8333

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Review: "This wonderful garden is hardly an undiscovered secret."

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ThePinkfreak805: A really beautiful and enjoyable place! They’ve got some really awesome plant species here! The tropical room is especially great! Not only is it beautiful, but with the humidity you’ll really feel like you’re in the rainforest! Also very cool to see the endangered plants you aren’t likely to see anywhere else.

Sara García: If I could, I would never leave this place. From the moment you approach the building, your can see and, more importantly, smell the wonderful collection of plants everywhere. My all-time favorite part of the grounds, the section I visit every time I'm in DC. is the nook in Zone 5 with the carnivorous plants- something you definitely don't see every day! Find a bench to rest in your favorite zone, track down every single species of plant, learn about different gardening techniques, or hang out in the canopy walk of the rain forest to catch some awesome views of the city. Either way, make sure you swing by on your next visit to DC!

Alex Navarro: Always lovely. The inside and outside gardens are full of flowers. Great place to take kids. They even have a children’s garden where kids can plant something and water it. So cute! You can spend a lot of time here if you like, but you can also easily see everything in about an hour.

Richa Rashmi: This is such a delightful retreat for an afternoon lunch or just a date in the different ecotones of the world. You could walk into a completely tropical climate full of tropical trees that have terrace views, or walk into a desert of cactus. There’s a section on medicinal plants followed by rare and endangered species which is mind blowing. I absolutely loved my shortest trip to Hawaii and then to a garden of orchids and roses. Be sure to checkout the inner and outer gardens. There are interesting wall murals of tea from China and other such use. But the most amazing part was the TOILET. Yes, you heard it right. It’s full of ornamental plants that smells amazing and the sound of water and birds will make you feel you’re in the cleanest part of the world, unlike what public restrooms are known for.

Colten Adams: The BEST indoor botanic garden conservatory I've ever been to. The ceilings are incredibly high and there are catwalks to walk high above the plants. It is very hot and humid inside so I'd recommend dressing light. If you enjoy plants I would highly recommend these botanic gardens. The exterior gardens are not the best I've seen, but the indoor ones definitely are.

Jeremy Andra: The botanical gardens are a beautiful hideaway from the normal everyday views of the world. An amazing display of some of the wonderful offerings this world has to offer in the way of beautiful plants and miscellaneous greenery. We were shocked to find there is no charge to see any of this and would highly suggest you stop in and check it out.

abdiel blas: I have had a great experience here. The gardens are very well kept. Nice place to get fresh air or as a romantic date. I will say they may need a little bit of better signage to let you know exactly where you're at. I found it a little difficult to read the map with the numbers. Other than that I highly recommend Botanic Gardens!!!

Ryan Brunk: Good staff outdoor gardens were very nice. I was a little underwhelmed with the size of the greenhouses but they were extremely well cared for. The whole facility indoor and out showed the care of its staff. Most impressive collection is orchids but pay attention as they are spread all over the facility. Don't forget to look up as well as down.

Hyo Jin Moon: Beautiful garden that is open to the public for free. There are spots where you can sit and enjoy the weather and also the indoor green house that has so much to see (and learn. Lots of educational components). I highly recommend visiting here with kids of all ages.

Ben Matthews: If you’ve spent the day walking up the mall and around the museums, then this is a fantastic place to unwind. The glasshouse is beautiful in its own right, and features plants from many different climates. And the outdoor gardens are equally lovely. Definitely worth a stop if you’re near the Capital Building.

2. The Moongate Garden

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27 reviews
The Moongate Garden
Surroundings
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5
Services nearby
5

Address: 1200 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024

Telephone: (202) 633-2220

Guy: Garden


Review: "Beautiful garden with an awesome pond/sculpture."

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Madhu Kalepu: This place is located near the Smithsonian Castle! We visited expecting blooms, but the location didn’t disappoint us! Great views to take candid clicks. You can enter this place thru Castle or there is a private entry on the left side of the castle. Must visit if you want one of kind ‘moon gate’ to take some great pictures 👍🏻

Fatima D: Absolutely beautiful. Nice little hidden gem. It is best in March during the Cherry Blossoms, although it had its own charm in January too. It's located in the Smithsonian and there are multiple ways to get to it, the nearest would be on Jefferson.

Jose Ortega: A smaller part of the larger Haupt garden, it is a really special place. I love coming here to just enjoy the quietness. It can get busy in the summer months but come in the morning and enjoy it.

Hilda Kroll: Each season brings its own beauty to this lovely garden.

Juan J Romero: Best time of the year to go here is last 2 weeks of March first two weeks April's. Absolutely beautiful

Michael Valdivielso: The Moongate Gate is a nice little place to rest and enjoy the weather, if its good, and maybe even a simple lunch. Now with displays on dragonflies.

Lavender Kelley: This lovely garden space has many nooks and small spaces to explore. The lush vegetation creates natural boundaries to the pathways and seating areas. Drop by for some time in the shade or a beautiful backdrop for a photo.

G Aquino: Beautiful and well maintained garden at the back of Smithsonian Castle (aka, Visitor Center). We were here in spring and the garden was a feast for the senses. Stop by, especially if you need a break from your visit of the surrounding museums.

leah gannaway: Nice little noo with a bit of seatingin the shade. Good place to sit and eat lunch on a work break.

Megan Wilcox: Beautiful garden with an awesome pond/sculpture. Great views of the castle and very cool entry doors.

3. The Bishop's Garden

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The Bishop's Garden
Surroundings
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5
Services nearby
5

Address: Pilgrim Rd, Washington, DC 20016

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 8:30PM ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 537-6200

Guy: Garden


Review: "Almost like a secret garden"

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Berkay Kaplan: Small and beautiful garden right next to the cathedral. I liked it and would recommend.

John Schalow: Exquisitely planted garden with multiple features, formal and informal, a water garden, many comfortable benches in both sun and shade. Great place to rest, think, read, or snack.

Spencer Chen: A small, well-maintained garden next to the National Cathedral. Good for a leisurely walk, but no discrete corners for reflection and meditation. There's a lawn area for picnic. Parking right next to it. We could not find a restroom, probably have to go into the cathedral.

Austin Graff: Bishop's Garden is part of the 59-acres around the National Cathedral in Northwest D.C. When we drive from Southeast D.C., we usually find two-hour parking on 34th Street NW. It's then about a 7-minute walk to the Bishop's Garden. The garden itself is right next to the cathedral, the third-largest church building in the country with beautiful Gothic Revival architecture. There are several entry points into the garden. Once inside, it transports you to a different world. There are flower beds, fountains, open grass, benches and a gazebo in the garden. A few benches are under shade and the gazebo with open windows is a great place to rest. During the day you can see families picnicking on the open grass on the west end of the garden. Behind the garden is a statue of George Washington on horseback. When facing the statue, there's a stone path leading through the Olmsted Woods with more benches and an amphitheater.

Bob Ridgway: Beautiful English garden!

Emilie K: This garden is to the right of Cathedral. I have visited multiple times through the last year and it is always well maintained and has beautiful trees, plants, and flowers.

Nick Hegarty: A very nice setting with multiple seating areas. Flowers and trees are mostly identified. Worth the visit. We paired with a half day at the Arboretum.

Duncan Bishop: Peaceful area and mostly quiet except a few children. Olmstead woods is nice to see too.

Jennifer Kling: Beautiful gardens. It kind of remind me of an English garden.It's does not matter if you are there in the summer or winter , the serenity in this Garden is worth sitting on a bench Amd enjoying your view.

Jesus Hernandez: Great views of the building. Well preserved. Worth to visit. Sadly due to Coronavirus, access was denied.

4. Enid A. Haupt Garden

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Enid A. Haupt Garden
Surroundings
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5
Services nearby
5

Address: 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-2220

Guy: Garden


Review: "One of my favorite gardens in the city."

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Jose Ortega: A simple and amazing garden that is free and if you go early in the day, it's like a small getaway. There is so much to see that you can easily get lost here. Art, plants and quietness is all here. I really love coming here and try to come every time I'm in DC and have a free moment. This is a really special place that should not be missed.

Marion Pellerin: Gorgeous garden. Lots of cute little areas that are nice to sit in. There are many benches throughout the property to enjoy a short rest. I loved the saucer and tulip magnolia trees, if you can see them in bloom you're very lucky.

Jozlantice Tucker: This garden is literally so well groomed. People were just in the garden taking photos. The area was kind of crowded but everyone was very mindful of each other. Leads directly to the African art museum, the Freer gallery, and the Smithsonian castle. Very nice place to take a break. My picture has the Smithsonian castle in the back.

Hilda Kroll: Try to see the garden in the spring when the magnolia trees are in full bloom. It's absolutely spectacular! You can't miss it if you're going to the Sackler or African Art Museum.

J Peter Castro: A wonderful public park in the middle of the city and on the Mall. Take advantage of it when you can. It is great all year long!

吴锐恒(Ruiheng Edbalt Wu): Arrived at 5:40pm. Museums near it were all closed but the garden itself is still nice.

Haley Powers: The garden is gorgeous! The flowers were just blooming when we visited and the bright colors complimented the surrounding architecture! This is a great people-watching spot and place to rest your feet after a DC tour!

Ythalo Saldanha: This place is like the secret garden, where you can be safe from the noise coming from outside. The flowers, roses, and different species of plants are outstanding. The area is very well conserved, clean, safe, and has a lot of park benches. It is a place to meet with friends and family, to read a book, to study. I really recommend this place.

Cathy U.: The Smithsonian Gardens is an outdoor extension of the Smithsonian. The gardens have a great number of flowers, plants and landscapes. It's the museum experience, but outside. A great place to take the family/children and learn about horticulture, plants, flowers and even architecture. It's a great place to walk and relax or even take that route as a change of routine on your run. A great place to visit in Washington, DC.

Zac Robinson: An island of tranquility and thoughtful beauty in the chaos of Downtown DC and the Mall. I found it by accident at the end of a hectic trip and I wish I'd known about it in advance so I could keep coming back.

5. Constitution Gardens

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Constitution Gardens
Surroundings
4.7
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.7
Services nearby
4.7

Address: Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 426-6841

Guy: Park


Review: "Scenic, well maintained gardens"

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Haley Hodges: Beautiful garden with a stunning display of nature & history. I love how the native animals are able to make homes here, too.

David Liss: Such a beautiful place. Tourists and visitors from all over the world and everywhere in the US. Every American should visit here. It's most beautiful and easier to get to at night. You can even park.

Hannah Bjorndal: Let me start by saying I'm posting a review solely for those looking for insights about portrait photography at this location! Our photography team (LVERphoto.com) loves photographing couples here. It is an often-overlooked spot for photos because there are so many exciting, iconic spots right nearby but we find that this is a perfect secondary option for couples wanting the classic DC monuments photos! There is rarely anyone else around, and if there are people, its just a few. The pond is lovely and there are pretty trees all around! If you're a photographer or couple interested in a photoshoot here, you do need to apply for and obtain a photography permit from the NPS. You should apply at least 2 weeks in advance, because their processing time is a minimum of 2 weeks. It is $140, but a photographer can use that permit for a full day (so if you have multiple shoots scheduled in a day, this will cover all of them!). Overall, would highly recommend this spot! :)

Rodrigo Gonzalez: It is wonderful place to have a walk. Despite its natural beauty, the place if full of monuments, and history. You can enjoy your time and also learn something by visiting important scenarios like the reflecting pool, the Lincoln memorial and the spaces and sculptures dedicated to the vietnam's victims.

Mohammed Rezwan Rafid: Loved my visit here. Symbolic and beautiful, lot of open spaces, just an overall awesome place to visit. Take a walk, take in the views and snap memories of this country's capital. Memorial of The Great Abraham Lincoln, The Washington Monument and The Reflection Pool all are just marvelous. Do not forget to drive down the street as well to see the Smithsonian, the Capitol Building and so much more beautiful structures. Carpe Diem good people.

Genna Arnell: We were lucky enough to find a parking spot really close to here. We hopped out of the car to this little gem that I didn't even know existed. So calm and peaceful we even saw a little sail boat in the water. Just so picturesque in the middle of chaos! Gorgeous!

Ramin Abrahim: It’s funny how many people don’t know about this pond. But it’s a beautiful space in the National mall where you can take a stroll around the pond and have beautiful views of the trees and washington monument. During fall there are many migratory birds that stay here in transit.

3275362: This is a beautiful park with a pond, ducks, birds and other wildlife plus benches to sit and relax so you can take in the peaceful scenery. This gem is hidden right in the open between the Washington monument and the reflecting pool. If you walk along the sidewalk you will bypass it but it can be seen from the sidewalk and holds more than what the eye can see from there. I definitely suggest checking out.

Avishkar Govardhane: I am an Indian and my parents had been here at this place through a travel agency on a tour.My parents absolutely loved this place,they found it amazing to spend time here,relax and have some quality talk.

Adam Riemer: This is one of the best places to take photos of the Washington monument. But it also smells horrible in the summer with the algae and duck poop. Please throw your garbage out as well when visiting. The pond is not for plastic bottles.

6. Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

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

Address: 1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 692-6080

Guy: National park


Review: "Beautiful but different gardens."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. United States National Arboretum

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

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 245-2726

Guy: Arboretum


Review: "This place is one of DC's best kept secrets."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Bartholdi Fountain

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11 reviews
Bartholdi Fountain
Surroundings
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5
Services nearby
5

Address: 100 First St SW, Washington, DC 20534

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Guy: Garden


Review: "Peaceful and adjacent to (and part of) Botanical Gardens."

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Nathaniel Mcallister: This is a very underrated tourist attraction in D.C. More people should visit here to see the beautiful fountain and plants.

gobluebuckeye: Fantastic place to have a lunch and people watch. You will most likely be doing a lot of walking when in DC so this is a great place to take a breather.

Jasmine H: Nice fountain. Really grand. Theres also a drinking fountain. Nice shaded area where you can get most of the splash

Justin Chen: Beautiful fountain with a view of the capitol building

Private DC Tours, LLC: Great place to spend time and taking pictures.

Shahed Uddin: Great place!

John G. Lewis: On of the most beautiful fountains in DC.

Brian McKain: Peaceful and adjacent to (and part of) Botanical Gardens.

9. Tudor Place

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384 reviews
Tudor Place
Surroundings
4.5
Location
4.4
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.4
Services nearby
4.4

Address: 1644 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 965-0400

Guy: Museum


Review: "A best kept secret in DC."

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Sara Ceresa: I was mostly interested in seeing the gardens, which didn’t disappoint. I also quite enjoyed the tour of the house including the historical context of the property’s ownership and recognition of the critical roles of slaves and caretakers in the history of the property.

Rogie Legaspi: Great place to spend an afternoon browsing the historic artifacts in the house. The garden is perhaps more interesting to visit in the summer than late fall. The neighborhood where it's located is such a charming place. Worth visiting.

pooria riahi: This is a very charming place hidden in Georgetown and visiting it is free. places in a cute neighborhood and its gardens could be a relaxing destination for an afternoon. However, I have to voice my concern on the state of the place and how badly it is being kept. In my mind, if they need money, it is ok to charge visitors but gardens are delicate things to maintain and need attention.

B Daisy: Gorgeous. We got to rest in the garden for half an hour before our tour of the house started, which was beautiful and so serene. The house itself comes with a great amount of history, and the people who work here really care about the story and try to provide you with as much information as they can, which was really inspiring to see. You could tell, just by looking at Francis (our amazing guide) and the rest of the staff, how significant the house and the narrative was to them. Their enthusiasm and dedication was beautiful, and the garden and the house itself was such a treat to see. Loved every minute of it.

Natalie Thomas: We did the elegant Victorian tea party and toured the Historic House. 👌🏽👌🏽

Aron Reyder: Nice place to visit. The house is a bit over "set-up", and feels more like a museum than a conserved house from the 1800s. The entrance fee is $10 per person, and it includes a guided tour of the house and a garden map. Since the place is built like a museum, it should be ran like one and offer the option to walk around by yourself. Especially since they have a log book in each room about all the items in the room, which while on the tour you can't really study. The garden and outdoors are beautiful and should be seen, the inside is nice but not worth the time or money.

Michelle Mitton: A beautiful stop in our tour of Georgetown. The house was closed due to COVID but the gardens were worth the visit. We loved the neighborhood around the estate and the fountains and gardens are well kept and lovely. Staff was friendly and helpful.

Natalie Moore: I am a wedding photographer specializing in film photography. Myself and another photographer hosted our workshop, The Film Theory Workshop at the Tutor Place and it was the perfect place for our small get together! They were accommodating with helping us navigate the ins and outs of making our workshop come to life, and the backdrop was perfect for multiple shoot locations. The historic grounds in Washington, D.c. tell an incredible story and was the perfect fit for our workshop! Hope to shoot wedding there one day! ps. We were so excited when our workshop ended up going on to be featured in Style Me Pretty! Big thanks to Tudor Place! Images by Natalie Jayne Photography

Sammy Mills: Beautiful grounds but not much to it. It would be a beautiful place for a wedding or a photo shoot. We didn’t get a chance to tour the house, they happen on the hour. To walk through the gardens is $3 and you get a brochure about the property.

Rachel McCoy: Beautiful in the spring time with the flowers in full bloom. Gardens can be visited for just $3. There are plenty of benches to sit and admire the view of this little idyll in the middle of Georgetown.

10. Japanese Rock Garden

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Japanese Rock Garden
Surroundings
3.4
Location
3.5
Possibility of Parking
3.4
Wifi
3.4
Services nearby
3.4

Address: 900 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Guy: Garden


Review: "A secret garden oasis."

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Ryan Sorensen: Very dirty, diapers and wrappers everywhere. Maybe it was cool at one time.

Alan Steel: A secret garden oasis. A perfect COVID picnic spot. The wife and I got carry out from Capital Burger. A reminder for next time, bring candles.

11. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

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Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Surroundings
4.7
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.7
Services nearby
4.7

Address: 4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 686-5807

Guy: Heritage museum


Review: "Fabulous wealth on the inside beautiful gardens on the outside."

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Middle Aged Dad Reviews: This place was definitely worth the visit, especially if you enjoy the outdoor/floral ideas. You can walk around the grounds for free if you want (which is the best part in my opinion), but you need to pay the fee to go inside the mansion. It is worth it if you are interested in seeing museum quality pieces (gold chalices, paintings, jewerly/crowns, etc). If you get a chance, I highly recommend visiting in the spring at when all your flowers and trees are blooming, as it is uniquely magical how everything comes to life. So much color and calmness.

Claire Mizutani: Such a wonderful Estate! My family came by after lunch and definitely didn’t give ourselves enough time to see everything before it closed. I highly recommend going on a guided tour of the mansion as there are very few signs detailing what items are and why they are part of the collection. The gardens are lovely and I especially enjoyed the Japanese garden but that may be because of the season of my visit. The greenhouses are a bit tight but had a beautiful display of orchids.

Melissa Antul: I can't say enough about how amazingly beautiful this place is! Everywhere you look there is something else just amazing. The grounds are gorgeous. We were there the 2nd week in April and there were flowers everywhere. You can see that it will become even better. If you want more flowers-just check out the hothouse orchids. What an amazing collection this woman had...of everything! You could probably come here repeatedly and find something new every time. The house is fascinating and fun to explore.

Azadeh Hassani: It is unbelievable how much nature and beauty you can find right here in DC and in one location. Find a few hours to go to Hillwood and enjoy its magnificent gardens, indoor collections and the amazing history behind all that. This is not to be missed

Olga Graves: What an interesting and gorgeous place!Absolutely loved it here!! and we were so lucky to have beautiful weather (went here at the end of September) to roam the grounds too. Such an extensive and impressive collection of the Russian arts and items of the Romanov family (largest outside Russia). The staff was very friendly and helpful. We went in the morning (they open at 10) which helped avoid the crowds because it got busier later on, but not bad at all, compared to other places in DC. Gift shop was beautiful and had unique items. The entrance fee was shockingly affordable, especially for a place of this kind. They have student and senior discounts too. Masks are required inside the buildings, but not otherwise.

Harvey Tillipman: It was a beautiful day and we walked around the estate. The flowers were in full bloom. The azaleas were magnificent. Visited the museum and enjoyed all the interesting items. Highly recommend while the flowers are in bloom.

Dmitry: Historical house with a remarkable collection of Russian art. It also has a beautiful garden. We joined a guided tour which was quite informative. Do not miss orangerie with orchids collection.

Patrick: Super interesting place to visit. We had a little picnic out in the back and then explored the house. There is a suggested donation to tour the facility, but if you just walk the gardens, that is free. Marjorie Merriweather-Post's collection of art and jewels is very impressive. It is wild to think that the house has not been changed and looks like it did when she occupied it.

Kaitlin B: We spent a wonderful day here, so much to see inside the mansion and out! It's rare to see an estate where nearly all of the rooms and houses are open. And such a wonderful orchid collection!

Corinne Coutinho: A group of us visited this museum. We started out watching a 10 minute film and then proceeded to walk around the grounds. We saw an exhibit of the Roaring 20s (clothes, jewelry, pictures and furniture from that era). We then did a self guided tour of the main museum. It is filled with mementos from Ms. Post's trip to Russia, as well as gifts from India and other countries. There were beautiful Christmas trees in all the rooms. It's an interesting place to visit.

12. The White House South Lawn

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The White House South Lawn
Surroundings
4.6
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.5
Services nearby
4.5

Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500

Telephone: (202) 456-1414

Guy: Garden


Review: "Cool seeing the secret service folks keeping an eye on the crazies!😎"

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Erich Meier: What can one really say about the White House? It is amazing! I was extremely impressed with the secret service and their depth of knowledge of historical facts. If that secret service gig does not work out, I know plenty of history teachers that you could easily replace.

Viajando con Mercedes: The White House is beautiful before we use to get really close but now is impossible, is a long walk you need to get a very good parking or park at the street, is beautiful and you can take a very nice walk and buy some souvenirs, eat , spend a beautiful day in this amazing city .

blade Galletta: There is a beautiful view of the white House and the street is completely blocked off so it is kind of like a little park. There are people protesting all sorts of things but they aren't really any bother. It is a perfect place to get pictures and feel a great American vibe. There are a few armed guards but they are really nice and make you feel safe.

Optimus UK: Well you got to visit, like or dislike who is the office its an iconic building. Be prepared for the daily protesters outside and currently the front fence is being renovated so you cant get that close and the barriers somewhat obstruct the photo opportunties.

Olivia Y.: the White House property is utterly stunning. Keep in mind there is always protests going on in front of the White House that are disruptive and make it hard to get a good picture because they block the view and hold up signs while they're screaming. Sooo if you're looking for the best picture, I'd suggest scheduling a tour.

Jonathan Greenstein: Attended the White House Easter Egg Roll and had a fantastic time; the annual Easter Egg Roll is an open event but does require tickets via Recreation.Gov via a lottery system. The grounds are beautifully maintained, staff is absolutely amazing, and the opportunity to stroll on the same lawn that the President has is not to be missed. They had tons to see and do, everything from the egg roll to an egg hunt, egg painting, music, readings by some very special guests to include the Surgeon General. The views of the city are amazing from the lawn. The White House is the people's house, if you have the opportunity, by all means visit. Please note the photos attached were taken by me, please acknowledge me if you copy and use them. © Jonathan Greenstein

Jeff Rutherford: Today was one of the most profoundly Inspiring days of my life! It was almost overwhelming. I was in the place where everything that is our Country has been done. The Power was Incredible. I am proud of the service I gave to my country. And today I was given the honor to walk the halls and be in the rooms that have witnessed the most important decisions made in our country. And even the world. It was humbling and exhilarating, scary and wonderful, and i was Proud! It's hard to describe what it was like. Everything was perfect, and in good working order. The people working were the absolute professionals and incredibly nice. I was able to be inside the building that has seen Elvis, Abraham Lincoln, JFK, Teddy Roosevelt, Mohammed Ali, the Queen of England, the Heads of State to almost every Nation since it was built. It has been burnt to the ground and re built but the walls have always been there. The walls have heard death and children playing. Goats have lived and dogs have played. every war except one has been played out in it. Peace has been kept and won, all for a simple idea. "For the People by the People." I saw the desk that was used to sign the Civil rights act and help organize NASA. National parks were made on it and Nixon resigned. Winston Churchill was there and the room that witnessed the death of Osama bin laden and Benghazi. Terrible and Amazing things happened in it and it made me feel...everything! I was in the West wing of the White House! IT WAS SO FREAKING AWESOME

JeDe Kik: It was good. The roads were blocked off further out from the house than normal so we couldn't get a better look & therefore took bad pictures. It was cold so trying to get a decent picture was hard - especially when trying to take a picture of ourselves (selfie). The crowd made it worse: if you can build some sort of filtration fencing that'd be good. A fence that has signs, "Enter only" & "Exit only", to divert & spread out the crowd would be better.

Donna Grethen: I always wanted to visit The White House, but I guess the South Lawn will have to do for now, until I can actually see inside The White House. It was an interesting visit, there were protest groups, a man on a bullhorn speaking against abortion and a Donald Trump impersonator that wouldn't let you take his picture unless you tipped him some money. We walked from the Lafayette side to the South Lawn and got to see several different types security officers. Would definitely like to visit again.

James Davis: Very much enjoyed being NEAR the White House. Donald Trump didn't come out but that dont mean he's not making America Great Again. See this wonderful institution if you ever visit Washington,D..C. you will love it, trust me

13. Ginkgo Gardens

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Ginkgo Gardens
Surroundings
4.6
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6
Services nearby
4.6

Address: 911 11th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 543-5172

Guy: Garden center


Review: "Make sure to check the upstairs for some hidden gems!"

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Kristen Diaz: Just moved here from Miami & have been searching for a new fav plant shop. Ive explored so many & this one is definitely it! Great selection of plants at reasonable prices. They have an outdoor & indoor section plus an upstairs portion. I’ve gotten so many plants from here already. The staff is also friendly & helpful. Recommend.

Scott Nguyen: Some of the plants sold here did not have any roots, so what chance do they have in surviving? The other plant we bought was fine though, still this nursery need to either check their greenhouse or suppliers for rooted plants.

a: I finally had the chance to stop by Ginkgo Gardens, and it completely exceeded my expectations. There is a WIDE variety of plants, planters, tools, and more! During checkout, I told the man I was just beginning my gardening journey and he pulled out this book to help me with the plants I bought today! Thank you so much for the amazing experience and exceptional customer service. This isn’t the closest plant nursery to me, but it is 100% worth the trip. I will definitely be back soon!

Ashley Stewart: Ginkgo Gardens is a cozy neighborhood plant store where I get almost all of my houseplants and planters. They also have a wide selection if outdoor plants. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the plants are beautiful. Sometimes I just visit the store for some pleasant browsing.

Sheree P: I was recently in an unfortunately common predicament. My husband was on a business trip and my daughter was in quarantine from Pre school. So I was limited in what I could do but was also responsible for entertaining a busy toddler. During our time together, my daughter and I prepared our garden to plant vegetables. I was able to call Ginko, talk about specifics of our plan and pay over the phone. Someone even gladly brought the merchandise to my car. The customer service representative went above and beyond in taking the time to speak with me and my daughter about our desires and even researched a topic for us. I feel valued as a customer and will always come back for my gardening needs.

Catherine Zander: A few caveats, it's higher priced than a big box store and it's a small business so there's limited inventory. That said, what they do have is wonderful. I'm very picky and I found exactly what I wanted. Whoever does the ordering has great taste. The people are knowledgeable and kind. They go well above and beyond. I was nervous about repotting a plant and they helped me find the soil I'd need and talked me through how to do it. I definitely would have killed it had I not spoken to them. The photo is my successfully repotted peace lily. I will absolutely go back.

Siena Dante: Reasonable prices based on my past experience buying plants in New York City. Staff was really friendly and knowledgeable and gave me good plant recommendations. They have a good and varied selection as well

Alison A: I was very excited to come hear about hearing good things. I was looking for something particular that a friend had found here. I asked a long haired male employee for help, and he just told me to look around for it…. The place is huge with lots of variety of plants, so I wasted time because I couldn’t find it… with that being said, very poor customer service. Wasted my time here.

Anna Sumner: My first impression of this place is that it's a garden where plants are available to be taken home. The outdoor space is absolutely brimming with happy plants of all sizes so much do that it spills out onto the sidewalk out front. The indoor space has two levels. The second level is accessible by stairs and has a very lovely balcony with more plants and outdoor furnishings. I didn't notice an ADA option to ascend. It would likely be a tough store to navigate anyhow with such narrow aisles all around. Parking is available on the street. Read the signs because some spots are affected by the school nearby. They had a great variety of planters from basic nursery plastic to ceramic and even brushed metal. As you can imagine the nice ones are pricey as are the larger plants. Furnishings and racks can also be purchased here. They even have terrarium components. Literally whatever you may need for basic indoor and outdoor gardening is under this roof. Go check it out!

Kris negella.bbs@hotmail.com: Although there is a great selection of plants/ horticulture, the old guy that is either the owner or an employee has a terrible attitude which he attempts to hide with snide remarks and a disingenuous smile! Outside of this abrassive individual the other staff members are wonderfully helpful, pleasant and professional. Please check out other plant buying options in the neighborhood....this man makes the buying experience at Ginkgo Gardens horrible! We've sent others to Ginkgo Gardens to see if my experience was an isolated incident. It appears this grumpy old guy doesn't like certain groups of individuals....Pitiful Ginkgo Gardens

14. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
Surroundings
4.7
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.7
Services nearby
4.7

Address: 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, VA 22182

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Guy: Botanical garden


Review: "The gardens are wondrous."

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Kelly M.: GORGEOUS!! I found this place by mistake and I’m so glad I did. My family thoroughly enjoyed a lovely relaxed stroll through the gardens on a Sunday a few weeks ago. It’s much larger than I expected it to be and there were a lot of different paved trails we were able to easily push a stroller on. We definitely plan to return. There’s a $6 fee per person.
Response: Thank you Kelly! We're so glad you found us and you and your family had a great visit to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens!

Donna E.: One of my friends discovered this event on-line, and we had a great time! The Winter Walk of Lights was brilliant. Just walk on the paved paths and enjoy the amazing light sculptures. There's also hot & cold beverages and yummy snacks for sale. Would definitely go again.
Response: Thank you Donna! We're glad you and your friend had a great time at Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights! We look forward to welcoming you back next year!

Jennifer Coyne: We came to see the see the cherry blossoms as a way to avoid the crowds at the Tidal Basin. Never having been here during the day before I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. We arrived 5 minutes after they opened on a blustery cold Sunday. The temperature, without wind chill, was in the low 40's, so I was a bit surprised to see a lot of cars already in the parking lot. There was still plenty of spots available, but all the immediately close to the building spaces filled up quickly. People are very serious about cherry blossoms, regardless of the weather. Regardless, the line to get in was only a few people long, including our family. The main building where you check in, includes bathrooms, a gift shop, and a small seating area by a turtle tank (and another tank with plants and perhaps an unknown animal that we couldn't see). The cherry trees by the entrance seem to reach peak bloom prior to the ones around the pond. Both that spot and the ones by the pond were pretty. Obviously, there are less trees when compared to the Tidal Basin in DC, but still lovely and no crowds. Aside from the cold weather, our kids loved the trails and the hills. Despite the length of the trails looping around the whole park, all of the kids had a great time together. The adults enjoyed the views and the sculptures along the way. As someone who has previously only been here for the Christmas lights, I was surprised at how much larger the gardens are than just the area that is used for the light show. It can be a fairly substantial walk if desired, but all of the trails are smooth. There are no maps, either paper or on posted signs throughout the garden. Be prepared to wander for a while or download the map on your phone. We reached a point towards the end where we were starting to wonder if we were even still in the right place, but very quickly we went around a corner and saw the parking lot and buildings to orient ourselves again.
Response: Thank you for the kind and thorough review! We hope to see you again soon.

Nate Dowdle: Nice place for a quiet walk. Well worth the minimal entrance fee. We went a little early in the season so we plan to go back when more of the plants and flowers come out of their winter slumber.
Response: Thank you Nate! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens! We look forward to welcoming your back!

Da-Wang Wu: A very nice little botanical garden! It has a Korean bell and some related architecture, making it interesting and special. The annual membership for an individual is $35, and the person can bring one guest. For one-time visit, it’s only $6. Pretty good value for money. They have large parking space. Visitors should budget 1-1.5hr for this garden to at least finish walking and visiting all the places. We visited around mid-Nov, probably not the best season to come here. Will definitely come back again.
Response: Thank you Da-Wang Wu! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens!

Marilyn Breedlove: A gorgeous property! Beautiful banquet facilities. Gardens you can spend hours in. A lovely pond with a charming gazebo. An outstanding location for any type of event. Currently they have their Christmas display. Well worth a visit. Beautiful lights, s'mores, hot chocolate are available.
Response: Thank you Marilyn! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens!

K S: It was spectacular but it was crowded. We came at 530pm. The Lanes did get congested and it wasn’t Where you’d go if you wanted to social distance. There were plenty of people who did not wear masks The people who worked there were kind and nice. Customer service was amazing. However I wish it wasn’t so crowded. My children loved it. It was well worth the money. Next year we will buy tickets way in advance and try harder for the 5pm slot. They did a really amazing job on this display and it definitely was a labor of love.
Response: Thank you! We're glad you and your family enjoyed your visit to Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights! We appreciate your kinds words about our staff and will most certainly share them with our staff.

Andrew Gall: Great light display with lots of creative animations! From animals to a music synced show, it's a great walk. Very family friendly and they offer s'mores and hot chocolate. Be sure to book your online tickets since they don't sell them on site. The only minor downside was a section of the display was out while we were there, but it didn't take away from the overall experience too much. They are somewhat COVID conscious and request people wear masks, especially for the indoor portions, have limited numbers of guests entering at the same time, and try to have traffic all move in the same direction.
Response: Thank you Andrew! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights! We apologize a section of lights were out when you visited. We are happy this did not deter from your overall experience. Happy Holidays!

Phil Catania: Wonderful park to visit during the Christmas holiday. A million and one hundred thousand bulbs light up the gardens and walkways. Grab a hot chocolate with a shot of peppermint schnapps on your way out!
Response: Thank you Phil! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights!

Jessa 4Peace: A beautiful park! I visited in the fall as the leaves were changing and it was still gorgeous. Tickets are inexpensive and well worth the $6 adult entry fee. They were setting up for the holiday lights so I will definitely come back one night this year to check those out. All in all a gorgeous place to escape to.
Response: Thank you Jessa! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens! We look forward to welcoming you back to Winter Walk of Lights. The show opens on November 11th and you can purchase your tickets online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-meadowlarks-winter-walk-of-lights-tickets-188778380217

15. National Gallery of Art – Sculpture Garden

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National Gallery of Art – Sculpture Garden
Surroundings
4.7
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6
Services nearby
4.6

Address: Constitution Ave NW &, 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20408

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 289-3360

Guy: Sculpture museum


Review: "The National Gallery of Art is a hidden secret in plain sight."

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Sarah Hall: A lovely park with beautiful outdoor art to enjoy for free. You can even cool your toes in the fountain. (But they ask you not to actually wade in it.) Plenty of shade and grass, too.

Jenny Terry: Gorgeous small sculpture garden! I really enjoyed the thought provoking sculptures on display. I could have sat around the fountain and watched the ducks all day. What a beautiful little gem that I’m so glad we discovered.

Walt Nicholson: This is one of the best gems of the national mall. The garden is full interesting and thought-provoking artworks, and in the summer there’s an amazing fountain that turns into an ice rink in the winter. The café is one of the best places to get real food on the mall. The prices are a little steep for than most would like, but the food is good and it’s not on the high school bus tour itinerary. It’s a great spot to other plan your time in DC or to catch your breath after walking through the monuments all day.

DD Henderson: Was able to go ice skating. The price for skate rental and skating was around $14./ Child. Their is a cafe there to grab a cup of hot cocoa. Many of sculptures to take pictures of. Metered parking is available until 4 pm. After a few hours of ice skating head over next door to the American History Museum. Across the street you can take a ride on the carousel or have a picnic in the park.

Seth Grossman: Who doesn't love awesome sculptures outdoors? Only people that hate art and all things wonderful, that's who! In all seriousness, it's just beautiful to be able to walk around and experience art in nature. And if you can time you're visit just right, you can enjoy them in the perfect dusk lighting.

Richard Gross: Such a great place to find some shade and have a snack when out at the museum the national mall. They have a little cafe, nice bathrooms, and a water bottle refill. Plus lots of cool sculptures around the garden. The fountain is nice to watch. Great place and no entry fee.

David Hong: Very cute and small sculpture garden. There I'd a cafe inside and ice skating or other events during different times of the year. Best part of being here is just sitting on a bench doing whatever you want and looking around occasionally.

Kevin Shim: Nice little place to hangout.It has cool sculptures, an ice rink, and a cafe. Plenty of places to sit outside and just relax.

Hilda Kroll: Just walk in to see and admire the sculptures, sit or walk around the fountain in the summer that becomes a skating rink in the winter, and have something to eat or drink at the Pavilion Cafe. Don't forget to walk past Lichtenstein's House to see the optical illusion. Stop to see Roxy Paine's beautiful stainless steel tree sculpture as it reflects light and weather at different times of the day. And it's all free.

R Lin: Looking for a pleasant, outdoor place to hang out with food close by and a good view? Well, there are about a million spots like that in DC and especially the National Mall area, but hey, come try the Nat’l Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden anyways! It’s a pretty expansive garden, and the art to be found is so much fun. One game I really like to play here is to try and pose like the sculptures. Seriously, try it- you’ll definitely get weird looks from the passerby’s but the fun and laughs triumph! There’s a cafe in the garden that does have indoor and outdoor seating. It’s close by so many other museums and is actually across the street from the Nat’l Gallery of Art museum, which may be a little misleading. Check it out!

16. The Secret Garden Cafe

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The Secret Garden Cafe
Surroundings
4.6
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6
Services nearby
4.6

Address: 404 Mill St, Occoquan Historic District, VA 22125

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 8PM ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 494-2848

Guy: American restaurant


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Karen Garcia, Realtor - Woodbridge, VA: Love The Secret Garden! Such a cute restaurant with yummy food. The service is always good and all the servers are very attentive. Love going to eat there then walking around the town of Occoquan. On this trip we had… Raspberry Mimosa Traditional French toast Eggs, potatoes and fruit Lump crabcake sandwich The Berry Crunch Almond French Toast Everything was delicious!

Jon Stamos: This place has such delicious food and incredible service from the staff. The breakfast sandwich is so good, and the French toast is amazing. I love the cream cheese. Also the steak and eggs is a really big portion and tastes great. The roasted potatoes they serve here taste really good too

Priscilla McSwain: Great food, great service and cute place! French toast was amazing. Good coffee and mimosas! Recommend you get on the waitlist before getting there. Also parking can be difficult to find with an uphill walk.

Wendy A: I love this place. Great customer service, good portions and the main thing is the flavor. Everything is excellent but the strawberry mimosas and the Reuben sandwich are a great combination for dinner. In this picture I already ate half of the sandwich.

Keyanna Gibson: Beautiful spot with indoor and outdoor seating & friendly staff! We had the French Toast and Fajita Pita, the steak was amazing! Recommend the raspberry mimosas to top of your time at the Secret Garden! 2 mimosas and a brunch entree will cost around $30-$40.

Gloria Alexander: Such a wonderful little cafe! The service was outstanding and the food was delicious! Everything we had was so good! Can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend you try this quaint little gem in Occoquan; you won’t be disappointed!

Chris Cafferky: My wife took me out to dinner for my **th birthday. She found a little Cafe in Occoquan called The Secret Garden Cafe. It's off of the main street of Occoquan, but up a small alley and up a set of stairs. There is a lower and an upper outdoor dining area. My wife and I first ordered a bottle of Cuvee (La Marina). A very nice, drinkable white wine. We ordered a corn cake appetizer, which was decent though not spectacular. For dinner, my wife ordered the Black and Bleu Ribeye. It came with a bleu cheese spread, and was flanked by a green beans and carrots medley and fried potatoes. She reports that the steak was quite good. She ordered it done medium, and medium it was. I ordered the scallops, which came with spinach, tomatoes and cous cous. The scallops were very good, but against the other dinner entries priced in the mid to upper teens, the $32 price for the scallops seemed a bit much. All in all, we had a very nice dinner. The servers were very friendly and quite prompt. We will go back there again, without a doubt.

DeLorean Wiggins: The Shrimp the Grits are bomb. I would definitely recommend. I came in on a Sunday so it was busy but what I will say is even in a busy environment the customer service experience was amazing! I would recommend this restaurant. Deboria our waitress was amazing. She won’t disappoint.

Joya: The brunch options were tasty however the service was minimal. It was very unsettling to try to figure out who was servicing my party. Had to ask several people for different items and the check

Jayda Brown: The secret garden is such a beautiful place! I love stopping by and getting something quick to eat because service is always fast. I usually get the shrimp and grits and it’s absolutely delicious!! My partner ordered the black and blue steak …he thought it was alright nothing special , I tasted it and thought it was disgusting. The steak was chewy and tasted weird. Their raspberry mimosa is my fav drink it’s very addictive lol! The pecan coconut cake is a musty try also.

17. Stephanies Secret Garden

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Stephanies Secret Garden
Surroundings
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5
Services nearby
5

Address: 15115 Mount Nebo Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10:30AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 349-4050

Guy: Florist


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Nathalie Duncan: A magician with flowers Stephanie is one of the most talented flower gurus I have ever worked with. Her sense of colors, textures, shapes, volume is amazing. Her bouquets are artful and distinguished even when she uses the most simple flowers available. Her studio is like a laboratory and everything that comes out of it will make your life a little better.
Response: Awwww...Thank you so very much !!! I loved working with you all and creating the flowers for your daughter's wedding! It was such fun flowering a wedding with such a vibrant color palette . And again, thank you for entrusting me to flower such a gorgeous wedding.

Andrew Willey: Stephanie is incredibly talented and has a beautiful array of plants and flowers. She decorated my wedding and her love for her craft shows in every flower. I highly recommend her from everything to events to single bouquets.
Response: Aww thank you so much Andrew!!

Leslie Davis: Kudos to Stephanie for the beautiful flowers for my daughter's wedding. They were exactly what we thought we were getting and what Charlotte wanted. We are very happy. And special thanks for the creative thinking and problem solving when the substitute caterer's rep showed up without knowing what the place settings were supposed to look like and the wind kicked up to make things harder. Stephanie preserved my daughter's vision of her tables. It's good to have a good thinker on the team .

Dawn Dorsey: Stephanie has done the 💐 for 2 of my children's weddings and numerous bouquets for special occasions and she is fantastic! Great people to work with!
Response: Thank you so much Dawn!!! You’re the best🌸

Ellen Frohlich: Stephanie's flowers are absolutely gorgeous with the most fabulous scents. I call her the flower whisperer!!

18. Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/U.S. Capitol

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1399 reviews
Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/U.S. Capitol
Surroundings
4
Location
3.9
Possibility of Parking
3.9
Wifi
3.9
Services nearby
3.9

Address: 1225 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Telephone: (202) 408-4870

Guy: Hotel


Review: "Very hidden, but exceptionally nice decorum and comfortable rooms."

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Matthew Hall: Really liked this hotel. Staff was great and the room was better than average. I appreciate the barkeep who was very professional and kept me entertained while we sat and had a cocktail. Rose was very attentive and made our check-in process easy. Valet was very spotty with the service, maybe they need more than 1 person certain times a day. The hot tub wasn't working when we arrived but was up and running before I left. Pool was a little cold but refreshing. I will definitely be staying again. This is the ideal location for those visiting DC.

Siobhan Walker: My stay was amazing. My room was spacious and so clean. The front desk was polite, helpful and very professional. Octavia was awesome. She was most helpful because the hotel I had a current reservation for had canceled my reservation and I had to make a reservation here last minute. She provided me the most outstanding customer service possible even with my frustration from the other hotel. Any questions I had was answered and my stay was relaxing. I definitely recommend this hotel to anyone.

g watson: Customer service here is EXCELLENT. Very friendly staff - extra praise to the office manager, Reina Munoz and guest agent Janay! Hilton - you should recognize this location and their staff, they go above and beyond their call to make guests feel welcomed and comfortable. All hotel/hospitality should take this location as the example for service. The rooms are clean, and quite comfortable and roomy - this hotel is conveniently located, just a short walk from Union Station. I was here for business and I was delightfully surprised for the work space and seating area. I was also happy to learn their fitness center is open 24hrs...with my stay being business in nature - it is difficult for me to get a work out in at most places, due to the limited hours fitness centers are available. 100% recommend the US CAPITOL location. If you want to feel welcomed and comfortable, stay here!

Angela Baca: The air conditioning in our room never worked even after they had someone come and fix it. The elevator stopped on every floor. The pool was available but it was foggy and couldn’t see the bottom of the pool because of this. Burned my kids eyes and mine. This hotel is older and not maintained well by Hilton. There are no fans in the bathroom so if you take a hot shower your whole hotel room fills with steam. The people are nice and it is located near a metro. Those are the only two things that are good about this hotel. Only stay here unless you just can’t find anywhere else to stay.
Response: Hi Angela Baca - We are sorry we did not live up to our high standards of exceeding expectations. Thanks for taking the time to provide your candid feedback regarding your experience with Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/U.S. Capitol. Please reach out to us at https://help.hilton.com/s/contactsupport so that we can investigate further and make this right.

Natalie Martin: The staff was nice and did what they could, but the hotel was overwhelmed and not well maintained. It is unequipped to have more than 1-2 guests arriving or departing at the same time. It also has intentionally inadequate air conditioning. I have stayed at Hiltons in other cities that also have valet only parking. They’ve all had a driveway to pull in and unload your vehicle. This one has only a small shoulder that a maximum of 2 cars can pull into. Everyone else has to just stop in the middle of a busy street. There were no luggage carts when we arrived, left or had to move rooms on the second night. Other guests also told us that there were no luggage carts when they arrived. On the first night the room was consistently hot though we could hear the AC cut on and off. After coming to look at it twice, the maintenance man determined that the compressor in our room was broken so we were moved to a new room (again no luggage cart, we had a lot of stuff as we were traveling with a toddler). The maintenance man explained that the AC units are motion activated so guests will always return to a hot room and it will always get hot in the middle of the night so that’s why it took him so long to figure out that ours was actually broken. This seems incredibly stingy for a Hilton (in addition to being illogical as it takes more energy to cool a hot room than it does to simply maintain temperature). Stay here only if you are a single traveler with one suitcase and don’t mind an 80 degree room overnight and when you return after being out of the room. Other reviews mention how slow the elevator is, that is also true.
Response: Hi Natalie Martin - We are sorry we did not live up to our high standards of exceeding expectations. Thanks for taking the time to provide your candid feedback regarding your experience with our service and amenities. Please reach out to us at https://help.hilton.com/s/contactsupport so that we can look into this further. We look forward to making things right.

Geoffrey D: Parking valet lane is terribly short. Stains on the comforter. Breakfast included not properly advertised on elevator or through hotel. Laid out of first floor is very awkward, why have steps instead of escalator to second floor. Front desk staff were superb. All throughout the stay they were informative, helpful, positive and available! Wait for valet was not long at all, which was surprising. Minor issues, overall decent stay.

David: Very nice hotel - staff were very friendly and attentive to our needs. The Manager greeted us as we were leaving and just make the stay complete. Nice pool and restaurant - special call out Kevon our waiter for one of our evening meals. Great place to stay - close to a metro stop as well.

Sassy Sauce: The hotel is pretty decent. It met all of our basic needs. It was as clean as I think it should be but the rest of my party felt it was ok. Parking can be a little challenging in the area but we managed. The front desk staff were pleasant and very helpful. I would go back if I needed to.

Chippy McLain: Guest services here should be renamed "guest hassles." Checking in and checking out were lengthy, frustrating ordeals. Paid valet parking was ineffective, slow, and overpriced--and apparently the only option. Showers were inconsistent, with cold winning two out of the three mornings we stayed. One of the two elevators was broken leading to overstuffed rides with no option of social distancing as well as long delays in the lobby. The spa had a new twist: a hot tub colder than the pool. I had hoped for a classy, Hilton experience for my family. I wish I had stayed at a Motel 6. I am thankful that I saw no rats inside the hotel. There were plenty just outside the front door; I assume due to the construction and vagrant tents across the street. This section of DC has some big rats. My littlest did think these were cool; my wife, not so much.

J Cole: Great hotel. It is a very short walk to the Metro Red Train No Ma Stop to get anywhere in DC for just a 2 dollar fare on the weekends. The area also has a great brewery "red bear brewing company" which is very close by. The hotel also has a bar that looked pretty nice. The breakfast is hit or miss for me but it's as expected for other Hilton Garden Inns.

19. Secret Garden Gallery & Boutique

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5 reviews
Secret Garden Gallery & Boutique
Surroundings
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5
Services nearby
5

Address: 144 W Main St, Washington, NC 27889

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (252) 940-0109

Guy: Boutique


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Renita Townes: Jewelry and clothing were exceptional!
Response: Thanks, Renita! So glad you were pleased with our selection!

Sarah Diaz: I’ve bought jewelry every year from Miss Barbara on Ocracoke Island. Last year I was devastated to see her shop closed. I will be visiting the new shop soon! I can’t wait to see your new jewelry designs! Sarah Wake Forest

Laura Vaccaro: Great clothing and jewelry selections in an urban renewal downtown! Bonus Air B & B upstairs.