Where can I have a picnic at the National Mall?

Reserving a Picnic Area

  • Picnic Areas. Hains Point Picnic Grove is located in East Potomac Park along Ohio Drive.
  • How to Reserve. Reservations can only be made through Recreation.gov online or by phone at 1-877-444-677 during business hours (10 am – 10 pm Eastern Time).
  • Reservation Cost.

Can you have a picnic at the DC Arboretum?

Picnics. The Grove of State Trees is the only area of The National Arboretum where you can picnic. However, this seems to have relaxed some during the pandemic. While visiting in fall 2020, we have seen picnicking through the arboretum but guests also seem extra careful to clean up after themselves.

Can you picnic at Meridian Hill Park?

Meridian Hill Park (2400 15th Street NW): Find a grassy knoll to lay out your picnic in this 12-acre oasis. Clusters of small trees provide shade, you can admire North America’s largest cascading fountain while you eat, and if you picnic on a Sunday afternoon, you can enjoy the sounds of the park’s weekly drum circle.

Are there picnic tables at the National Arboretum?

National Arboretum There are also a few tables behind the Arbor House, says Scott Aker, head of horticulture and education. Another set of tables is expected to return to the Visitor Center area this summer. Aker notes that guests can’t barbecue or bring alcohol, and there’s no way to reserve space in advance.

Can you have a picnic in DC?

The city has plenty of picnic spots, but when everyone is trying to catch some time outdoors, the areas might get crowded. Just a few hundred feet away from Ronald Reagan National Washington Airport, Gravelly Point Park is a popular spot to watch airplanes take off.

Can you picnic at Tidal Basin?

Recommended Picnic Spots Tidal Basin – With majestic views of the Potomac River, the Jefferson Memorial and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and home to 1,678 cherry trees whose spring blossoms blanket the basin in early spring, the Tidal Basin is a prime DC Picnic area.

Can you have a picnic at the Lincoln Memorial?

Open sunrise to sunset. Free. The monuments are obvious choices for a nice picnic, but you might not know all the best spots to set up. An overlooked hidden treasure of the monuments is the backside of the Lincoln Memorial.

Can you bring food into the National Arboretum?

The picnic area and lawn outside the Arboretum are great places to picnic. Food may not be brought into the Arboretum. Food and beverages can be purchased in the Arboretum at the Peacock Café. Please do not collect, remove or damage any natural materials including seeds, flowers, fruits, feathers or plant labels.

Can you bring food to the National Arboretum?

Picnic only in the National Grove of State Trees picnic area. Barbecues, fires, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Radios without headphones are prohibited anywhere on the arboretum grounds.

Can you picnic at Fletcher’s Cove?

PICNIC AREA One of the largest picnic areas along the C&O Canal is here at Fletcher’s Cove. There are a couple dozen tables, and each grouping has its own grill. Like nearly all picnic areas within Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, tables are taken on a first come, first served basis.

Can you have open container in DC?

It is against the law in Washington, D.C. to drink alcohol or to possess an open container of alcohol in public. It is also illegal to be drunk or intoxicated in public while endangering the safety of yourself or other people or property.

Can you picnic at Lincoln Memorial?