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Lafayette Square, Washington DC

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  • This is one of the nicer parks that D.C. has to offer. Being right in front of the White House, it allows you to take some nice photos of the White House. It's well-maintained, and is overall, a place...  more »
  • This park is right in front of the White House and some other important historic buildings. It's a pretty park, used by office workers. Security needs have resulted in some limited access.  more »
  • Little Green Park, full of squirrels, ancient sculptures, some of which are here in the 19th century, and to the front of the White House. Currently, part but still can move around fairly freely.
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  • Good park for a quick walk. It's not quiet due to protesters at the white house .
  • I've been visiting Lafayette Park (LP) since I moved to Hampton Roads five years ago. I can't believe I've never reviewed LP--in fact, no one has reviewed it. It is located on Granby Street, next to the Virginia Zoo (when you turn into the zoo entrance, you will see the park on the left). There is an additional entrance by Broadway Street and Lavallette Avenue. Here is some info: LP is a large park (32.3-acres), including lots of green space with grassy fields, old beautiful trees, and nice shade which is a plus during the hot summer sun. In addition, they have picnic tables, a baseball field, tennis courts, and basketball courts. There are three picnic shelters, which can be reserved. Finally, LP has a fairly large playground with a mix of old and new equipment. They have the usual swings and slides, as well as some interesting innovative items; it lets the kids use their creative minds. The playground is meant for kids from toddlers to tweens. LP isn't the cleanest park, but I have never been inside the restrooms--I will have to check them out next time. I have heard that sometimes the homeless population can be seen at LP during the early morning and evening; I have never seen any during the day. However, my boys always have fun playing at LP, and we have enjoyed this park after a visit to the zoo.
  • The best view of the white house here and the best statue of Andrew Jackson (wonder how long it will stay there, (political correctness may invade)? Many other statues in the park as well. Lafayet and others I didn't know. So much traffic that there is very little grass.
  • Beautiful square nice walkable or joggable place to be at feesh air its a must in d.c
  • I love to see the protestors. There is usually a different group every other day.

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