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Address: 16th St & Pennsylvania Ave Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20006
Phone Number: 202 755 7798
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Great for a stroll...

We stopped there on our way to the White House as this park is directly attached to the grounds of it. There is plenty of room to roam around, enjoy a coffee and people watch. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Orlando, Florida

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Clayton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Nice place with wonderful statues of general Lafayette. Also right across from the White House so you get a twofer when you go here

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This pleasant city park is made somewhat less pleasant by the presence of drifters and protesters. The surrounding are very nice with lovely views. A good educational experience for anyone to see that you can promote your cause in sight of the White House, an illustration of free speech in action.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We stopped there on our way to the White House as this park is directly attached to the grounds of it. There is plenty of room to roam around, enjoy a coffee and people watch. The statue of Le Marquis de Lafayette is also very beautiful!

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We took the X2 bus and hopped off at the last stop, Lafayette Square, right in front of the White House. Much better view than from the other side! Much closer, much more beautiful. There were plenty of security guards, policemen, and secret service, of course, but there was no issue with photos or getting up close, anything like that.... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Lafayette Square was quite scenic ...i actually stumbled on it when i got lost looking for the way back to my hotel :) i enjoyed looking around...do take a little time and visit!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We got some good views of the White House, but disappointingly the only protesters were some sad and bored looking anti-Zionists, and the Watchtower stands. I was hoping to see the American freedom of speech get played out.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

On the north side of The White House, this well-maintained public park takes its name from the Marquis de Lafayette, a Frenchman who fought bravely on behalf of the American colonists in the Revolutionary War. Returning to the U.S. in 1824, he was awarded various honours, including this piece of ground, formerly known as "President's Park". The prominent statue of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Not only does this park contain the statue of Lafayette, the most important figure outside of Washington in the Civil War, it also contains a number of other statues dedicated to those non-Americans who aided our independence from Britain (also Andrew Jackson). There are many nice trees to wander under, and the view of the White House set back in... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Right across from the White House, this park is dedicated to General Lafayette without whom the American Revolution would not have been successful. An imposing statue of the General and another of Andrew Jackson commemorate the importance of strong military leaders in the founding and sustaining of the new Republic of America. The Square faces the White House on the... More 

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Ronneby, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This square is a must visit when you are in Washington D.C. Not only it's the best place to view the White House, but it's also a place where you can see people with signs, mostly against war. When I was there a lady was camping there with signs about Israel. Even if this place is packed with people, the... More 

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