Our Favorite DC Picnic Spots

You’ve probably heard a lot about DC’s dining scene, from its many cafes and coffee shops to its gourmet selections. However, if you’re looking for a romantic, or just a fun spot to grab lunch or dinner, you may want to check out one of our favorite DC picnic spots.

Georgetown Waterfront Park

Lounge right on the waterfront when you take your picnic to Georgetown Waterfront Park. Bring a blanket to enjoy your picnic on the lawn, then spend some time exploring the rest of the park. You’ll find a peaceful labyrinth, some nature paths for walking and biking, or you can rent a canoe and get out on the water.

Meridian Hill Park

Found between Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan, Meridian Hill Park has several great spots to set up a picnic. The upper level contains some statues and benches, while staircases lead down to a large fountain and reflecting pool. If you didn’t have time to pack everything you need, you’ll find several grocery stores within a short walk of the park.

Gravelly Point Park

Found in nearby Arlington, Gravelly Point Park it’s a popular spot for boating and cycling. It’s also pretty close to the one of the runways at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, making it a fun place to watch airplanes takeoff and land. Bordering the Potomac River, the park is about the size of two high school sports fields, meaning there’s plenty of room to have a picnic, as well.

U.S. National Arboretum

If you don’t mind making it a lunch event, you can always head to the grounds of the US National Arboretum. The site is open almost every day of the year from morning through late afternoon/early evening. It’s free to visit the Arboretum, and it’s stunningly beautiful any time of year. If you’re planning to picnic, make sure you set up the in the National Grove of State Trees picnic area.

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