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Where to Take a Mental Health Break 

Daycation DC 

Green Space

With everything going on in the news, you might be looking for a quiet place to escape the city noise. Here are a few of my favorite green spaces in DC.  (Photo: Kingman Island)

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Rock Creek Park

Over 1,700 acres of shaded trails and streams to escape the city noise. Bring your pups, a picnic, or a chair for relaxing. 

NW Washington, DC

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Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Home to tastemaker Marjorie Merriweather Post, Hillwood offers beautiful gardens for relaxing and multiple buildings to explore. 

Van Ness

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Enjoy island trails, bike trails, and playgrounds for the kids. Picnics and pups welcome!

Kingman + Heritage Islands


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National Arboretum

There's plenty of gardens and trails to explore but relax with a book or a picnic in the Grove of State Trees.

NE Washington, DC

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Roosevelt Island 

Roosevelt Island gets busy on weekends but  is peaceful during the week. If you visit on a busier day, take a bike or ride share. Open until 10 pm.

Potomac River 

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Roosevelt Memorial

Any where on the National Mall is nice especially in the evenings but the running water at the Roosevelt Memorial can be particularly memorizing.

National Mall 

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Franciscan Monastery

This spot offers beautiful, peaceful gardens plus tours of the church and a reproduction of the Roman catacombs.


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Malcolm X Park 

A 12 acre urban park with tiers of green space and sculptures. Plus, visit on Sundays for the beloved drum circle.

16th Street NW

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