GW Study Break: The Enid A. Haupt Garden

If you’re looking for a little sunshine to go with your studying, consider visiting the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle. This grassy knoll on the National Mall is not your average tourist trap and comes equipped with free Wi-Fi that makes Internet access a breeze.

A representative for Smithsonian business ventures explained that it was only a matter of time before the National Mall began offering free Wi-Fi, since “everyone was doing it.”


Tucked away behind the well-known Smithsonian Castle, the Enid A. Haupt Garden is currently a local hotspot for those working in the area to relax.

“A lot of people come here before work,” said Jessa Farquhar, a Smithsonian employee out on her lunch break.

The park is a peaceful and relaxing location, flooded with trees, flowers, fountains and benches.

“A man used to Tai Chi in one of the fountains,” said Tess Kutasz, another employee.

How well you’ll study

As Kutasz and Farquhar enjoyed their lunch, they explained that crowds typically are not an issue for the garden, despite being on the National Mall.

Kutasz said, “I have never not been able to find a bench.”

The secluded feeling of the park makes it an obvious place to unwind. Unfortunately, while benches are scattered nearly everywhere, there are no tables, which could present a problem for some students looking to spread out their work.

What the studiers have to say

Kutasz and Farquhar explained how people enjoy coming to the park because of its convenience and pleasant atmosphere. Though located on the National Mall, both said tourists tend to stay around the monuments.

Those typically seen in the garden are professionals who are reading a book, eating lunch or chatting with friends.

“I don’t personally (bring work), but the curator I work for brings her laptop out all the time to get her work done. She says it’s very relaxing,” Farquhar said.


Enid A. Haupt Garden is equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, but this is not the only location on the Mall with free Internet connection. Other places include: The Great Hall of the Smithsonian Castle, the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Luce Foundation Center for American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Lobby and Sculpture Garden at the Hirshhorn, and the Welcome Plaza at the National Museum of the American Indian.


The garden is located off of the Blue and Orange lines at Smithsonian Metro stop. The ride should take about eight minutes and the castle is a short walk from the Metro.

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