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DC parks are perfect for a picnic and relaxing afternoon. Here are the spots you should visit.

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

    • The Fountain – In the center of the park, you'll find Percy Plaza with a large fountain where you can play and splash in running water. The Fountain is a favorite for children, but it only operates during warmer seasons.
    • Pollinator Gardens – Georgetown Waterfront Park is filled with pollinator gardens that attract honey bees, beautiful birds, and colorful butterflies and moths. Pollinator gardens with native plants line the pathways along Potomac Street and 33rd Street.
    • Rain Gardens – At the intersection of paths crossing the park, there are rain gardens that collect and hold rainwater. The rain gardens showcase a natural way to prevent soil erosion, flooding, and water pollution.
    • River Steps and Pergola – The river steps and pergola are great places for a picnic in the park. The river steps provide a place to sit while enjoying lunch and a scenic view of the Potomac River, boaters, colorful birds, and wildlife. There is extra seating beneath the tall, steel, and cable pergola.
  1. 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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