I’m Going on a Picnic and Bringing…
From the Mall to Teddy Roosevelt Island, D.C. has some world-class city greenery. Recently, we profiled restaurants with great outdoor seating, now we are talking about the great outdoors themselves. Here are some places to picnic and frolic during your summer 2013.
In my opinion, the National Arboretum, with 444 acres of the lush and verdant, is D.C.’s largest, best kept secret. You can meander along 10 miles of road by bike, foot or car and rarely see a soul. Places to drop a basket and spread a blanket abound in the many garden collections, which include a grove of state trees and old columns from the Capitol, now set out to pasture. Satsuki azaleas, southern magnolias, day lilies and many more are now in bloom, so grab your walking stick and take an Arboretum stroll while the petal action is at its peak.
Not all outdoor activities have to be active. Held in Crystal City and on the National Mall, the Crystal Screen Outdoor Film Festival and Screen on the Green, respectively, are outdoor movie series that allow movie goers to catch some classic flicks in the open air. The next showing will be held in Crystal City on June 10 with a viewing of Social Network. In addition to films, the Crystal City location features trivia nights, costume contests and food trucks. And feel free to sneak in all the popcorn and soda you want!
As the only national park dedicated to the performing arts, Wolf Trap hosts a diverse lineup of concerts and performances from May-September. Before catching a National Symphony Orchestra set or, gasp!, the Carly Rae Jepsen concert be sure to have a pastoral repast somewhere in the wooded and beautiful 100 acre property. Or take your picnic right into the Feline Center and enjoy an outdoor meal set to some of the best performances in the D.C. area.
Hope these suggestions whet your appetite for outdoor dining. Be sure to grab a picnic basket and experience D.C.’s great open spaces during summer 2013!