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“Where is the best park/garden/small forest in DC to sit and read all day?”


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Great question from Jude with tons of early suggestions. Add yours to the comments. So far folks recommend:

“Dumbarton House, smaller than Dumbarton Oaks ans has free wifi in the park!”

“Bishop’s garden at the cathedral.”

“Malcolm x park (multiple votes) or the monastery”

“Crispus attucks”

“Mitchell Park”

“Agree with the Franciscan Monastery. Also – the Arboretum. Maybe I shouldn’t share this as I’ve rarely seen anyone else there – but if you go down the trail to the Anacostia River & through the gate there is a picnic table, trees & so much peace& quiet.”

“Is the garden behind Brewmaster’s Castle/Heurich House open these days?”

“Rock Creek. It’s huge, so many options.”

“Haupt Garden or the sculpture garden”

“Olmstead Woods, just across from the Bishop’s Garden at @WNCathedral!”

“Lincoln Park!”

“Kingman Island”

“Fort DuPont park.”

“East of the River, in #Ward7, Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens @KenAqGardens
or Oxon Run Park in #Ward8 @DCDPR”

“I’ll put my vote in for the horse arena in rock creek park!”

“Second Olmsted Woods. Also Bryce Park at intersection of Wisconsin & Mass Aves.”

“Miller Cabin area in Rock Creek”

“Sherman Circle”

“Outside of DC (but metro accessible), Brookside Gardens and Pine Lake in Wheaton Regional Park. Definitely worth checking out at some point! Also, Lake Artemesia in College Park.”

“Melvin C Hazen Park between Van Ness and Cleveland Park”

“Book Hill Park in Georgetown”

“Tregaron conservatory”

“Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown is lovely and not crowded. And there are benches everywhere to sit and read.”

“Georgetown Waterfront”

“Rosedale Conservancy off Newark Street in Cleveland Park.”

“The Lower Senate Park is totally abandoned right now and has beautiful expanses of grass for stretching out.”

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