• Chloe Bovia

Must Visit DMV Photoshoot Locations: Smithsonian Castle Garden

Updated: Sep 27

Wondering where you can plan your fairytale photoshoot in the DMV? Look no further than the Enid A Haupt Garden in Washington, DC. One of my personal favorite photoshoot spots, it offers a regal castle, a reflecting pond, Victorian style gardens, and more! It’s everything you need and want for an ethereal, magical photoshoot backdrop outdoors..

About The Enid A. Haupt Garden Smithsonian Castle

The Enid A. Haupt Garden is operated by Smithsonian alongside their museums. The garden is located in the heart of Washington, DC near the National Mall, nestled among the strip of Smithsonian museums. This garden is free to access, located conveniently near the Smithsonian metro station. Parking is available in the street. The garden is open from dawn to dusk, so you can capture a beautiful sunrise or sunset on the parterre. No permits are required for photography. Tripods, selfie sticks, monopods, and external lighting equipment are not allowed.

What's so great about the Smithsonian Castle?

  • The Enid A. Haupt garden is actually a rooftop garden built on top of several Smithsonian museums.

  • There are several sections of the garden that offer picturesque backdrops for your next portrait photoshoot. My favorites are the castle, the moon gates and reflecting pool, and the Renwick gates.

  • Picnicking is allowed so you can have your full bougie picnic experience!

Tips for a Successful Smithsonian Castle Gardens Photoshoot

  • This garden is fairly popular so you’ll need to arrive early in the day or closer to sunset to beat the crowd. I recommend going on a weekday.

  • If you know you’re going to need a restroom or private area to change, find a museum or restaurant nearby. The facilities on the garden grounds are limited.

  • Parking can be tough - I recommend parking on Independence Avenue. On weekdays, it’s usually not too hard to find spot nearby, but weekends are much more difficult. Take metro if you can.

  • The gardens are handicap accessible, and there are plenty of places to sit down and rest during your photoshoot.

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Fairytale Photography Inspiration at the Smithsonian Castle