With the weather starting to warm up, we are excited to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! With that thought in mind, we have ranked our five favorite parks in and around DC to check out this spring. Stunning landscapes, vital history and eye-catching wildlife are only a few of the things you will experience at these beautiful spots. Sometimes it is nice to get out of the city for a bit and these are the perfect spots to enjoy the fresh air!
- Stanton Park
Nestled in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Stanton Park stretches for four acres between 4th and 6th street NE. The peaceful plot was included in Pierre L’Enfant’s original plan for the city, and is named after Edwin M. Stanton, the U.S. Secretary of War during the Civil War.
- Rock Creek Park
DC’s answer to New York’s Central Park (and over twice its size). Rock Creek Park is 2,000- plus acres of rustic bliss, beginning in the north western quadrant of the District and stretching into Montgomery County, MD. With miles of trails for hiking and biking, the possibilities are endless inside this natural beauty. Some of the recreational activities included are horse-back riding, tennis, golf, kayak rentals, canoes, sailboats, and bicycles. This is the perfect place for family and friends to enjoy some nice weather and it is not too far out of the city!
- Anacostia Park/Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
This 1,200-acre tract sits alongside the immense Anacostia Ricer, providing scenic views of the following water while also offering areas fit for fun, including basketball and tennis courts, athletic fields, a skating pavilion and picnic sites. Located outside of Anacostia Park is a beautiful area called Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. This is considered to be DC’s number on destination for plant lovers. Definitely considered to be a must see!
- Great Falls Park
Located in Northern Fairfax County, VA, Great Falls Park showcases the Potomac River in a truly breathtaking fashion. There are over six different trails throughout the park, including the River Trail, which is your best bet for beautiful falls. This little spot is only a 15 minute drive from DC and with the weather warming up it is the perfect place to be!
- Prince William Forest Park
With 19,000 acre of protected natural land, Prince William Forest Park is a northern Virginia gem ready for a day to escape from DC. The park has over 37 miles of hiking trails, 21 miles of bicycle-accessible terrain, 4 campgrounds and over 100 cabins mean seclusion is easy inside this natural wonderland. Visitors can wander alongside the Quantico Creek for up to nine miles, enjoy the historic cabins, or on and off-road bike throughout the forest.
All of these parks are beautiful and no matter what you’re looking for, there is an option for you! If you are with friends or family you will inevitably have a wonderful time. So get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather!
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