Whether you're a DC resident or just visiting the area, you'll find an abundance of activities in this historic city. If you're looking for a place to spend a relaxing afternoon with family or friends, our real estate agents can recommend some lovely picnic areas located in scenic parks around the city.
City residents and home buyers looking for D.C. homes for sale are impressed by so many area parks with picnic areas that offer visitors great amenities and beautiful scenery. Take a look at three city parks that are sure to make your next picnic a relaxing day.
East Potomac Park: Hains Point
If you're a Civil War history buff, head to East Potomac Park where the Potomac River, Washington Channel, and the Anacostia River all converge. Hains Point is named for Peter Conover Hains, the US Army Corps Engineer who designed the Tidal Basin.
After you enjoy a picnic by the water, you can go bicycling, running, and fishing, or head to the playground for family time with the kids. Hains Point offers four large picnic areas, but there are no grills or electrical outlets, just picnics on a blanket, scenic water views, and relaxing greenery.
Georgetown Waterfront Park
Georgetown Waterfront Park connects 225 miles of parkland that stretches from Cumberland, Maryland, to Mount Vernon, Virginia along the Potomac River. This park is a favorite for picnic goers because of its popular amenities:
The Labyrinth – Located at the west end of the park, the Labyrinth encourages visitors to follow an ancient meditative pathway that promotes relaxation and mental calmness. Geometric turns gently lead visitors from the labyrinth's outer edge to the labyrinth's center.
Rock Creek Park
Rock Creek Park is an oasis located in the heart of D.C. Established in 1890, this city park contains 1,754 acres filled with fresh air, majestic trees, recreational outdoor activities, and an abundance of birds and furry critters. Open year-round, Rock Creek Park offers scenic picnic areas, bicycling, fishing, golfing, tennis, horseback riding, and 32 miles of hiking trails.
After a picnic in the park, favorite outdoor activities for many families include bicycling, paddling the Potomac, and exploring scenic bridle trails. At Rock Creek Park, you can bicycle along paved bike paths within the park, rent a paddle boat and paddle down a shallow body of water in the Potomac, or take a horseback ride with a furry friend through 13 miles of bridle paths that crisscross through the park.
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