Itching for an outdoor break from your office or home? Enjoy the fresh air at these 20 secret gardens, parks, and green spaces in the nation’s capital.

OK, these places aren’t really “secrets.” But many are lesser-known or widely underrated. From the National Arboretum to Marvin Gaye Park, you can expect peace, tranquility, and natural beauty at these special locations.

Which sites are your favorites? Feel free to leave a comment.

1. Battery Kemble Park

Chain Bridge Road
Washington, D.C. 20016

Tucked between Palisades and Woodley Park, you can find Battery Kemble Park. It was formerly the site of a Civil War-era encampment where Union soldiers staked out to defend the city from Confederate raids. Now, it’s a peaceful plot of land, great for relaxing and dog-walking.

2. Dumbarton Oaks Garden

1703 32nd St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 339-6409

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The more than 100-year-old Dumbarton Oaks estate in Georgetown offers a blissful garden designed by Beatrix Farrand, who also helped design the White House’s East Colonial Garden and West Garden. New greenhouses are planned for the estate.

A statue urn in the middle of a garden, with bricks and trees in the background.Getty Images

3. Montrose Park

3099 R St NW
Washington, D.C.

Montrose Park, also located in Georgetown, was once home to rope-making tycoon Richard Parrott, who would allow others to picnic on the grounds. The federal government bought the property in 1911 to turn it into a park.

4. Theodore Roosevelt Island

Analostan Island
Washington, D.C. 20037
(703) 289-2500

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Theodore Roosevelt Island is located on the Potomac River between Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Accessible by a footbridge, the island features a statue of the former American president as well as various hiking trails. Sorry, cyclists, but bikes are not allowed.

A footbridge leading to Theodore Roosevelt Island on the Potomac River.Getty Images/iStockphoto

5. Mitchell Park

1801 23rd Street NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 673-6871

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In Kalorama, you can find this park and longtime neighborhood amenity outfitted with a fountain, a fenced-in garden, and an area for dogs.

6. Meridian Hill Park

2500 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 895-6000

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Just off 16th Street NW in Columbia Heights, Meridian Hill Park provides a serene escape from the bustle of the city. It features a central water cascade, lots of trees and benches, and impressive statues of Joan of Arc, Dante, and President James Buchanan.

A bench and trees along a path at Meridian Hill Park.Shutterstock