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Meridian Hill Park

Meridian Hill Park

Park, Sculpture Garden, and Historic Site
Columbia Heights, Washington
66 Tips and reviews
  • picnics
  • people watching
  • sunsets
  • yoga
  • great drum
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  • David D.
    David DerrickAugust 15, 2014
    A very large park by DC standards with an upper and lower area connected by a staircase. Come in warm months to see the waterfall fountain. Some cool statues including a neat one of Joan of Arc.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Every Sunday afternoon, weather permitting, starting around 3pm, men and women of all ages and ethnicities gather for an hours-long impromptu jam session. Anyone can participate. Read more
  • Katarina K.
    Great Sunday drum circle, but there's always something else going on! The park is designed well, so there are more secluded places if you want to be alone, and more open spots if you're in a group!
  • Anna J.
    Anna JohnNovember 2, 2011
    This park has a sad, haunting beauty. It could be much more than it is. The layout and fountains are pretty and pleasing to the eye. The human and dog feces are a reminder that this is no urban oasis.
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANMarch 1, 2011
    Harriet Lane, Buchanan’s neice, left funds in her will for this monument. The bronze statue, unveiled in 1930, is 8 ft tall & designed by William Gordon Beecher. Watch this video for more history. Read more
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeAugust 1, 2011
    Citizen Effect's 2nd annual Yoga Challenge’s free yoga in the park Wed from 6 to 7:30pm partnering with yoga studios around the city to raise $250 for Becky’s Fund, addressing domestic violence in the
  • Sunny J.
    Sunny JamesFebruary 22, 2010
    Go in the spring/summer for the great drum circle. Nice view of the nation's capital. Nice place in the city for a picnic.Waterfall and fountain is unique.
  • Meridian Hill Park
    Come out for a park tour on Sunday, May 5, at 2:00. There will be a celebration of the park, an information table, and more tours between 2:00 and 6:00 pm
  • Justin G.
    Justin GrimesJune 14, 2010
    DC is home to more equestrian statues than any other place in the US, check out the "Jeanne d'Arc" statue, the only equestrian statue in DC depicting a woman
  • Steve C.
    Steve ColemanApril 25, 2013
    You can help Meridian Hill win needed funds to restore its long-forgotten central 16th Street entrance by voting each day until May 10 at
  • Angela W.
    Angela WFebruary 28, 2012
    What a perfect park - it feels like you are meandering in the outskirts of Prague!!! Also, in the summer they have Sunday afternoon drum circles!
  • Amanda W.
    Amanda WeddingtonApril 13, 2013
    One of my favorite spots in DC. It's also the meeting place to meet up with my friend. I love how peaceful it can be.
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeSeptember 16, 2011
    Starting Sept. 17 for 8 consecutive Saturdays through Nov. 5: Outdoor Boot Camp and Yoga Class Combination. There will be 45 minutes of boot camp followed by 45 minutes of yoga. Read more
  • Justin G.
    Justin GrimesJune 11, 2014
    The thirteen tier cascade fountain in Meridian Hill Park is the longest cascading waterfall of its kind in North America
  • Ananda L.
    Ananda LeekeMay 5, 2010
    Will be teaching a kind and gentle yoga class on May 9 in the park from 11:30 am to 12 noon. Visit Read more
  • Holly S.
    Holly Spencer-DunnAugust 27, 2015
    The drum group that gets together every week is fantastic! Big props to all those locals who keep this fantastic tradition going! You need to check it out!
  • Yianni K.
    Yianni KonstantopoulosSeptember 16, 2010
    This is the best park in the City! The Drum circle on Sundays starts at about 3 and goes till 9!
  • Justin G.
    Justin GrimesJuly 8, 2010
    Meridian Hill Park is the 54th most visited park in the United States and has a half a million visitors per year. Read more
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonSeptember 22, 2014
    Perhaps the best park in DC. Also, it's fun to watch teenagers skateboard in the waterfall during winter.
  • Justin G.
    Justin GrimesFebruary 18, 2011
    Keep our park clean. Please throw your trash in a trash can. If you see trash on the ground picked it up and throw it away.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MonsalveJune 9, 2015
    Go on Sundays! The drum circle is beyond amazing to either watch from the sidelines or participate in.
  • Stephanie D.
    Quaint park near Columbia Heights great for reading and enjoying the Sunday drum circles
  • Amaya V.
    Amaya VegaJuly 26, 2013
    Nice! but someone say not to go at night time and I can see y! Just go during the day.
  • Nikki L.
    Nikki LewisApril 3, 2011
    They're doing some kind of remodeling here at the park. They tore up all of my favorite trees along the walkway leading towards the northside fountain
  • Markus T.
    Markus TarjamoJanuary 18
    Cool spot for watching the sunset or taking a quick jog. Within walking distance from Adams Morgan and Rock Creek Park
  • Armie
    ArmieOctober 17, 2012
    I hear the White House was going to be placed here, in L'Enfant's original map of the city.
  • Charles T.
    Charles TaylorAugust 30, 2010
    Come by Sunday, late afternoon to sunset, for the drum circle, great people watching. A summertime tradition.
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanNovember 25, 2014
    Reflecting pool is a pretty awesome spot to just chill - as is the whole park.
  • Meridian Hill Park
    Meridian Hill ParkApril 30, 2013
    Check in on Foursquare at Meridian Hill Park and vote to win preservation funds for the park at
  • Anna S.
    Anna SotnikovaNovember 2, 2014
    Great place for a picnic! Visit on Sunday, around 3 pm.
  • Bob N.
    Bob NiemicOctober 21, 2013
    It's always great to visit this park. I love the views from the lookout area at the top of the steps.
  • Viks
    ViksSeptember 23, 2011
    Drum Circle on Sundays after 6 pm over the warmer months. Enough said.
  • Andrei P.
    Andrei PonzeApril 30, 2013
    Go when the rustle feathers fly south, that's usually the best time for us huskies. ;)
  • Deniz S.
    Deniz SezenSeptember 6, 2014
    Very special for me! I said YEESS in this very beautiful park! Very good for pictures, especially in the morning❤️
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MJuly 7, 2012
    Capoeira classes for all levels, Saturdays at 1045 am.
  • Laura C.
    Laura CovingtonMay 22, 2012
    best place for sunning is by the tiered fountains. drum circle on warm sunday afternoons = hula hooping!
  • Kristen G.
    Kristen GrayJune 24, 2010
    Picnic and dance to the drum circle. If you see a man leading african dance, give him a hug for me!
  • Ananda L.
    Ananda LeekeJuly 8, 2010
    I love running in the park especially the steps. They really push me to move my body.
  • Justin G.
    Justin GrimesJune 14, 2010
    There is a drum circle in warm months every Sunday afternoons from 3-9 p.m
  • Ben F.
    Ben FortneyAugust 20, 2014
    The weekends off some of the best people watching in the city.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RDecember 14, 2015
    Here you can find a memorial to the worst president, James Buchanan.
  • Dena R.
    Dena RapoportJune 14, 2014
    Bathrooms up at the top of the park, NW side. Open. Clean.
  • Tiffany W.
    Tiffany WyneJuly 26, 2015
    So much fun for a Sunday afternoon drum circle and picnic!
  • Tiana P.
    Tiana Prima DonnaJuly 26, 2012
    Go to the drum circle on Sundays. (Every Sunday 3-9pm, in good weather).
  • Tom A.
    Tom AndrewsJune 28, 2010
    Visit the James Buchanon memorial in the Southeast corner of this park.
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FaganSeptember 28, 2015
    One of my favorite parks ever. The fountains are beautiful.
  • Ed
    EdDecember 8, 2011
    Just a really beautiful park. Drum circles every Sunday.
  • Okey N.
    Okey NwokeOctober 9, 2010
    The overlook in the park over DC is amazing!
  • Justin G.
    Justin GrimesJune 14, 2010
    If you are looking for black squirrels, look no further Read more
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    Bring your trike! It’s a great space for riding. Powered by
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