Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, DC

National Park Service

In an age old dance wind, water, and land combine here. Sparkling in the sun on a breezy day, this natural area of Anacostia Park has origins in a 1926 act of Congress to preserve the forests, water quality...[more]

Lotus Flower Full Bloom
Lotus Flower

Lotus Flower in full bloom, opens up earlier in the day to beat the heat and sun.

NPS. Miguel A. Marquez

Pink Water Lily
Pink Water Lily

Water Lily nestled in a blanketed pond full of lily pads.

NPS. Miguel A. Marquez

Bee on Flower
Buzzin Blooms

Bumble Bee's and many other pollinators swarm the Gardens during peak season.

NPS. Miguel A. Marquez

Lotus Flower Blooms
Pond of Lotus Blooms

Ponds full of Pink Lotus Blooms blanket the ponds during June and July at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

NPS. Miguel A. Marquez

Kenilworth boardwalk and marsh.
Journey to the marsh.

Take a walk to on the boardwalk to the kenilworth marsh and open your senses for sights and sounds of its many aquatic inhabitants. The boardwalk is under a mile round trip.

NPS photo by Miguel A. Marquez

Blue Heron
Blue Heron

A Blue Heron cools off in a pond during the summer heat at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

NPS photo by Miguel A. Marquez

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Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens


Anacostia Park Site Manager
1550 Anacostia Ave NE
Washington, DC 20019
Phone:(202) 426-5991


Take Route 295 southbound if you are coming from north of Route 50 or Route 50, to the Eastern Avenue Exit. Go straight up the exit ramp. Make a right onto Douglas Street. At the end of Douglas Street, make another right onto Anacostia Avenue to get to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Go left to get to Kenilworth Recreation Park. If you are coming from south of Route 50, take Route 295 north to the Burroughs Street Exit. At the bottom of the ramp turn left. Go straight to Kenilworth Recreation Park. To get to Aquatic Gardens, go to the right of the athletic field entrance to follow Lee Street to 40th around a curve to Anacostia Avenue. Pass a hand ball court and wooded area to the gardens on your left. By Metro: Take the Deanwood stop on the Orange line. Exit metro station to the left towards Polk St. Go straight and take the pedestrian overpass across Kenilworth Avenue and go left on Douglas Street. Go right on Anacostia Avenue and enter any open gate on your left.

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