We had a busy day sight seeing and were hitting the late afternoon hours. We needed to give the kids a chance to unwind and gear up for the evening. This was a great place for a time-out. You could walk around and see some amazing sculptures and/or sit by the water and relax. We grabbed a pretzel and sat by the water and re-fueled! It also gave us a plan to figure out our next "plan of attack".
Many people were dipping their tootsies in the water. It is also a great photo-op site.
There is a restaurant (that we didn't eat in so I can't really give you any tips on it) in case you want a bite to eat. There are bathrooms attached to the back of the building accessible from outside for that much needed potty break.
And the best part...it is all FREE! I love DC!
We took a break from museum sightseeing and toured this garden. First we were able to soak our hot tootsies in the fountain and have a snack. Then we picked up a tour pamphlet and had a good time picking our favorite sculptures and reading about them. We were warned by a security officer to be weary of the squirrels as they are known to beg for food and bite however. there was also a free jazz concert going on while we were there. Had we known we may have stayed and brought a blanket and dinner like it seemed the rest of the locals were doing. They also had beer and wine available for sale.
Take a walk through the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and feel your stress melt away. Not only are the sculptures colorful and interesting, cating both the attention and imagination of the children, it is usually a quiet space to walk (slowly, without being run over by school field trip students) and simply breathe. Our family visited DC just before school let out for the summer and in every museum we were inundated with hundreds of public school kids as they bumped and shoved, babbling loudly in front of every display. Just when I thought I was going to lose my mind, we stumbled into the Sculpture Garden. It was so nice for my little ones to actually be able to see an exhibit without having to pick them up over the other children, and we walked through the paths for over an hour. They stopped at each sculpture and we talked about color and shape, movement and what we thought the artist was trying to say with each piece. We made a game of it and had an amazing time. In the center of the garden is a large fountain which we stopped to watch for a while, enjoying a free jazz concert for a little while before heading into the Pavilion Café for a snack. Overall, one of the best things we did in DC that trip.