• View of the White House's north side from Layfatte Park

    President's Park (White House)

    District of Columbia

Plan Your Visit

A man poses for a photograph by the White House fence on Pennsylvania Avenue with the White House in the background.

Visitors take a photograph outside the White House.

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Located in the center of downtown Washington, D.C., President's Park includes the park land and gardens surrounding the White House. Amid the vibrant city life of our nation's capital, President's Park offers visitors, district residents, and the President of the United States restorative green space, awe-inspiring memorials, and the White House itself to contemplate as a symbol of the United States and democracy.

 
Large White House Centerpiece Model with Information Desk in background

The White House Visitor Center at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW features interactive and accessible exhibits.

White House Historical Association

White House Visitor Center Rehabilitation Project

From 2012 to 2014, the National Park Service's White House Visitor Center underwent a $12.6 million transformation through a public-private partnership with the White House Historical Association. The Association's contribution of $7.5 million to the project has enabled the National Park Service to create a modern, engaging, and fully accessible visitor experience. The Association has pledged an additional $5 million to be used as an endowment for the maintenance and improvement of exhibits and related technologies.
If you are able, take a tour of the White House or take a moment to pause and have your picture taken in front of the White House. Stop by the White House Visitor Center for maps and brochures or take a stroll through the park to enjoy the atmosphere. You might catch a glimpse of one of the hawks that inhabit the White House grounds or see Marine One land on the White House lawn! Many opportunities for unique experiences await you at President's Park. Located just a short walk away are the National Mall, Smithsonian museums, and other cultural attractions.

Did You Know?

Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President: 1877-1881

In 1878 Rutherford B. Hayes held the first Easter egg roll on the White House lawn. It was held at the U.S. Capitol, but the children apparently caused such a ruckus on the grounds that Congress passed the Turf Protection Law to prohibit the area from being used as a playground in future years.