Spring has arrived in Washington, DC and, with the city now in phase two of recovery, some of the most beautiful gardens in the nation are open to visitors once more. We’ve gathered four destinations that are not to be missed, no matter the season.
The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden
At just over six acres, The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden is the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll. A beautiful selection of native greenery forms the backdrop for works from some of the world’s most gifted sculptors, from Louise Bourgeois to David Smith.
No matter where you happen to be in the sculpture garden, the fountain at its heart provides a peaceful place to take a break and enjoy a picnic or simply feel the warmth of the spring sun.
Location: 7th St. and Constitution Ave NW
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Hirshhorn’s Sculpture Garden
Although its museum and plaza are currently closed, Hirshhorn’s Sculpture Garden is open. Being conveniently located just a short walk from the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden, contemporary art lovers can continue their journey of outdoor installations.
Visit and explore the power of art with pieces that include Auguste Rodin’s “Crouching Woman,” Arman’s “Inside Eros,” and Yoko Ono’s “Wish Tree for Washington.” These and many other stunning works are sure to inspire conversations that allow you to connect with your companion sight-seers.
Location: Independence Ave and 7th St
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
The US National Arboretum
If nature is your thing, the National Arboretum’s beautiful landscapes will be your ideal spring destination. Visitors can explore over 400 acres consisting of several major gardens, such as the Asian, flowering tree, and native plant collections.
Several groupings including dogwood, magnolia, and the National Maple Collection can also be found here. Non-garden features, including the National Capitol Columns and many public artworks, are wonderful complements to the Arboretum’s natural collections.
Location: 3501 New York Avenue
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
Another great destination for nature lovers this spring is Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. Occupying approximately 700 acres, the specialty of this natural attraction is in the preservation of rare lotuses and waterlilies, as well as many other types of native plant life and the animals that thrive among them. Kenilworth Marsh, Washington DC’s largest remaining tidal marsh, also calls the park home.
Whether you enjoy walking, photography, birding, wildlife viewing, or relaxing, Kenilworth has outdoor activities for every visitor. Its sprawling grounds offer a different experience each time.
Location: 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
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