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What's a good spot for a picnic in DC?

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Please give your suggestions. I'd prefer a place with tables, but not necessary. Thanks.

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  1. You need to describe a bit more what you're looking for. Are you asking to pick up food somewhere? Or just a pretty space? In a city with a national mall, several islands and a park that stretches the entire length of the city, there are a lot of choices.

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    1. re: katecm

      If you can get out there, the National Arboretum is the best around - large enough so you can disappear easily enough, and you can even find some gazebos and benches if you want.

    2. The mall is an obvious choice but they don't have picnic tables. There are various hidden spots around the Mall that I personally love but I couldn't even attempt to describe how to get there.

      One place I discovered awhile back that I really enjoy is the entrance to the National Zoo from Adams Morgan (perhaps someone knows what street that entrance is....it's where the parking is). There is a rolling green area with space for blankets but also a few picnic areas. It's not over run and is quiet enough to enjoy a peaceful picnic...then you can go visit the monkeys and pandas. :)

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        1. re: mselectra

          Yes...thank you. I should know that since I use to live 2 streets over. But it took me more then a year of living there to even know that entrance existed :)

      1. One of my favorite picnic spots is Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park between U Street and Columbia Heights. It's currently undergoing some renovation, but it has plenty of benches, flat lawns, and more neoclassical fountains than you'll find anywhere else in D.C.

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        1. re: Hungry Man

          Rock Creek Park! Anywhere!
          I prefer the lawns by the nature/horse center, but you can also drive back and just pick a spot.

          Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown is beautiful
          as well

          1. re: dcveggiemom

            I second Meridian Hill Park. Plenty of places to sit and watch beautiful fountians and flowers. I think they may still do drums circles on Sundays, too. Pretty entertaining!