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Top park recommendations from locals

Tennis Court
“Large park that follows a creek through the middle of the city to the National Mall. The park boasts trails, bike paths, public tennis courts, picnic areas, and The National Zoo.”
  • 221 locals recommend
Park
“Great Falls Park is an 800-acre park located just off the Potomac River and has earned a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor 7 years in a row ~ A must see. ”
  • 74 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“During the warm seasons, this outdoor theater features some of the best concerts all under the stars. Bring a picnic and a blanket and prepare to relax and enjoy.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Garden
“Brookside gardens and nature center butts up against Wheaton Regional Park, all of which are great for hiking and playing. About a 10 minute drive north.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“Park with sports fields, nature center, ice rink, and many other activities.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Monastery
“The gardens are as beautiful as the building. A great place to walk in quiet or read a book. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Historic Site
“While the historic tavern provides an easy to find locator for your GPS, the real reason to come here is to view the impressive waterfall on the Potomac River. This 1/3 mile hike takes you along the once thriving B&O Canal and on to an island on the Potomac River where you'll be surrounded by roaring falls and stunning scenery. In the afternoon, you might be lucky to see kayaks braving the white water. Usually a $10 parking fee.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“Peace, serenity, invigorating life is all around you at Great Falls. Bring a camera and hiking boots, you won't want to miss a minute of this gorgeous park!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“This park is beloved by both adults and children. My children grew up riding this carousel weekly especially during the summers. It is also a home to resident artists, a thriving social dance venue called Spanish Ballroom with drop in classes followed by actual dancing in front of a live band, numerous art studios and galleries, photography classes, and children’s theatre. There are also free summer concerts, festivals, and special events making it a premier Washington area amusement park.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“This park is beautiful and secluded, with lots of hiking-biking trails. You'll forget you're in the suburbs. Rent a canoe or paddle boat in season.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Playground
“Perfect for a walk, a run or an afternoon bike ride. Bike share stations are within walking distance from the property.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Playground
“This nearby park has paved and unpaved trails, bridges, sports fields and a creek. It's a local favorite spot for solo or group relaxing and playing. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“Hiking, Biking or golfing by the Potomac River. It is about 15 minutes drive. Pool (in the summer)”
  • 6 locals recommend
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“Did you know there are 95 Acres of beautiful ornamental gardens hidden in the middle of northern Virginia? Meadowlark is an amazing place to spend a beautiful day walking trails, perusing gardens, or relaxing by the lakes in the sun. Between Thanksgiving and New Years they also play host to the Winter Walk of Lights, a fun holiday activity. Admission to the gardens is $6.”
  • 4 locals recommend
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“One of the most popular hiking trails in the area, the Billy Goat trail is a great option for beginning as well as advanced hikers. There are multiple trail segments, so you can shorten or lengthen the hike according to your ability, interest, and available time.”
  • 6 locals recommend
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“You can walk right into the park through our backyard. You can also access more trails across the street. Hiking, boating, biking, playground, nature center- it has it all!”
  • 3 locals recommend