It's always nice to escape to a green oasis, away from the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C. -- even if it’s just on your half-hour lunch break. 

There are many parks in Washington D.C., but these are some of my favorites. 

Rock Creek Park

Part of the National Park Service, Rock Creek Park is probably the most famous park in Washington, D.C. It cuts through the Northwest part of the city.

There are so many activities offered here, including biking, hiking, picnicking, horse trails, golf, and so much more. If you want to bring your kids around, there are also plenty of educational programs.

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Hillwood Gardens

Though not technically a park, Hillwood Gardens offers plenty of private serene outdoor space for you to enjoy. The Hillwood Estate, which was owned by the wealthy art collector Marjorie Post, and has now been turned into a museum, features 13 acres of massively lush gardens available to anyone that visits the museum. 

You do need to pay for tickets, but that just cuts down on the traffic through the gardens, allowing you to enjoy the natural serenity. Plus, all the gardens are beautifully maintained. And if you want visit the Hillwood Museum, check out this article on what to do and see there. 

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Anacostia Park

Anacostia Park is another park owned by the National Park Service, but it’s smaller than Rock Creek Park and offers a more intimate, local experience. It still has a lot of recreational areas and plenty of fun things to do for everyone in your party. It’s also located in Northeast D.C., which allows people who might not live in Northwest easier access to great green space. 

If you want a national park that is a little less crowded, and also has water access, this might be just the spot for you. 

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Courtesy of nps.gov

Meridian Hill Park

Meridian Hill Park is one of those parks that was strategically planned right outside of the neighborhood of Adams Morgan. It's actually also owned by the National Park Service (they're taking over the green space in D.C., I guess), but it was built rather than found. That’s okay though, because it’s incredibly gorgeous and people love to have weddings here, take photos, and host a multitude of other events.

Earlier I mentioned going to a park over lunch. This would be the perfect one for it. 

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The Yards Park

The Yards Park is a relatively new development in Washington, D.C., in Southwest, and is often full of activity, such as outdoor concerts, festivals, performances, and more. There’s also a cool waterfall feature and great views of the riverfront. 

Come here when you want to be outside, but also part of the action of the city. It’s a great weekend hangout locale. 

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Which is your favorite park in Washington, D.C.? Share with us in the comments below!

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