1. The U.S. Botanic Garden is closed right now, but you can still enjoy the beautiful outdoor area in front. A lovely garden in itself, it’s landscaped with a variety of flowers and plants, and there are tucked away areas with benches, where you can sit and enjoy it all. Bartholdi Park across Independence Avenue is also part of the USBG and worth a stop — read more about it here and here.
2. If you want to enjoy another kind of garden nearby and a picnic, to boot, the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden has food options along with large scale works of art. The Pavilion Cafe is open daily 11am –3:45pm and offers a limited menu of freshly prepared food and drinks, and the Espresso & Gelato Bar, open 11am – 3:30pm, has prepackaged food and beverages as well as coffee service. Both accept credit cards only.
3. DC mail-in ballots have been sent to voters (ours arrived yesterday). If you are planning to vote by mail in DC, I recommend reading this. And for information on all ways of voting in any state, this is a great resource from the Washington Post. (PS: Some voting encouragement 😉)
4. Enjoy an outdoor movie night at home… all you need is one of these! (Of course, they can be used indoors, too. During pre-COVID times, it was great for kids’ sleepovers.)
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