6 Gardens in Washington DC to Enjoy

The capital city is best explored outdoors in the company of your favorite companions. While the National Mall and National Zoo top guidebook lists, there are many lesser-known open spaces where you can enjoy the fresh air. Pack a couple sandwiches, water, fruit, and cookies; toss into your knapsack and travel by Uber for ease, efficiency, and speed.

Uber continually looks for ways to enhance your riding experience. So when organizing this excursion tell your friends and family to tap into Uber’s new Family Profile feature that lets up to 10 riders easily share one payment method. As the organizer, you’ll get a receipt for each of their rides.

Downtown Washington is the perfect destination to share with other riders because many locals head there for work and entertainment. You can readily take advantage of UberPool, which lets you share your ride and the cost by matching you with others going in the same direction. There’ll never be more than two riders per pickup.

Urban Park

In the heart of downtown is City Center park with outdoor tables, chairs, and stone banquets lining water ponds on a paved promenade. Settle down, and breathe a sigh of relief as you watch ducks swim by and gaze at high-rises in the background. Then check out the shops, restaurants, and outdoor video slideshow.

Behind the Black Gate

Heurich House Museum Castle Garden is a hidden jewel known to office workers in the Dupont Circle neighborhood who flop on the grass during their lunch hour. The gate is open weekdays 9am to 5pm. You’re welcome in the secluded green oasis to lounge on the ornate wrought iron benches among the flowering shrubs and trees.

Politics Meets Floral Displays

For respite from lobbyists, congressional interns, and tourists swarming the streets on Capitol Hill, retreat to the Folger Library Elizabethan Garden. The garden is hidden from the street by towering trees and hedges. Stone benches line pebbled paths. Flowers and herbs there are included in Shakespeare’s plays.

Past Meets Present in Georgetown

You’ve spent hours shopping in Georgetown boutiques and crave a break. Hop into an Uber to the Old Stone House Garden where you can kick off your sandals and feel the cool grass underfoot. This three-tiered garden of flowers, shrubs, and trees is set back from busy M Street. It adjoins the Old Stone House built in 1765, which you can tour.

Flag Flies Over the Water

Not far down M Street is Francis Scott Key Memorial Park. Request an Uber, pile into the car, and get out at the park by Key Bridge. It’s only one-acre, yet flooded with shade and purple wisteria. Settle down on a park bench and enjoy the scenic views of Key Bridge, the Potomac River, and Kennedy Center under the 15-star-flag flying in honor of the Star Spangled Banner composer John Stamford Smith.

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