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Top garden recommendations from locals

Park
“A large park just a few blocks from the Airbnb. Now a local hangout for dog walks and warm-weather picnics, the park used to be an army camp during the Civil War and has a rich history. On good-weather Sundays there is a drum circle in the upper park - starts around 3pm.”
  • 248 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Free entertainment for the whole family with sprawling grounds featuring exotic flora plus conservatory, rare plants gallery & butterfly garden. To top it off there are even free yoga classes Saturday Mornings in the spring & summer.”
  • 108 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Modern and always changing, this museum isn't always on a top 5 list of the National Mall's exhibits, but is a real cool modern gem. Look for the visiting exhibits for ideas. Come and spend an hour and then move on. No need to spend a whole day. ”
  • 93 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
Art Museum
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“Opulent estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post; 18th century Russian and French decorative art + 13 acre gardens and cafe”
  • 32 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“This free memorial to the victims of the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon is a very special place. The memorial itself is thoughtfully planned with special meaning built in to its design. This is my favorite place in D.C. for reflection and peace and quiet when needed. Recommend visiting at dusk. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“From mid-May to late August, locals walk down to the Mall on Fridays after work to enjoy live outdoor jazz in the sculpture garden. Arrive early (jazz is from 5:00-8:30pm), grab a spot on the ledge of the fountain so you can dip your feet in, and get a pitcher of sangria. Larger groups can bring blankets and set up picnics in the grass (BYO food is allowed but the guards will check bags for alcohol).”
  • 24 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Free admission. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. See living history demonstrations on nice weather days. Close to Ben's Chili Bowl, too!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Garden
“We're located just steps from this National Historic Landmark owned by the family of Martha Washington. The beautiful grounds and museum are lovely. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Garden
“A hidden gem with magnificent gardens. Secluded and lush, the grounds of this beautiful park have been described as being like the Secret Garden and it’s no surprise why: Manicured greenery, winding pathways and classical fountains comprise a 27-acre historic park that sits atop the highest hill in Georgetown. An adjacent museum specializes in Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. There's a season pass in the front hall table for our guests to use.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The U Street Corridor is a commercial and residential district in Northwest Washington, D.C, U.S.A., with many shops, restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, and music venues along a nine-block stretch of U Street.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Garden
“The park is managed by the National Park Service, has walking trails and summer programming.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Art Museum
“ AMA | Art Museum of the Americas is part of the Organization of American States' (OAS) Secretariat for Hemispheric Affairs (SHA), and its work is based on the principle that the arts are transformative for individuals and communities, as visual components reflecting the four pillars of the OAS: democracy, human rights, security and development. AMA's work is based on the principle that the arts are transformative for individuals and communities. By providing a space for cultural expression, creativity, dialogue and learning, the museum aims to advance the inter-American agenda, drawing on the arts to showcase a constructive vision of the future of the Americas via local and hemispheric cult”
  • 3 locals recommend
Garden
“AKA the Brewmasters Castle. Inexplicably unique, important and relevant relic hidden in plain sight. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Garden
  • 1 local recommends
Garden
“A nice place to walk through. During December don't miss the train exhibit - it has miniature DC sights/buildings made out of organic material.”
  • 3 locals recommend