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Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

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Address: National Park Service, 1900 Anacostia Drive, SE, Washington DC, DC 20020
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+1 202-426-6905
07:00 - 17:00
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Gardens are amazing for DC, the surrounding neighborhood is terrifying

Kenilworth Aquatic Garden is amazing, but I was warned by someone from that general area that the surrounding neighborhood was awful and he was right. It is a little harrowing and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Fruit Cove, Florida
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looks like someone dug ponds in an polluted marsh that use to be a dump/ land fill. Don't be there at dusk.

Thank Ljdavis147
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kenilworth Aquatic Garden is amazing, but I was warned by someone from that general area that the surrounding neighborhood was awful and he was right. It is a little harrowing and sad to drive through. The park is worth going to. Gorgeous ponds full of water lilies and lotuses. Lots of birds, turtles, and other wildlife, even snakes. While we... More 

Thank SusiePNW
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

This is a national park, but doesn't cost anything to enter. Plus it is the only aquatic national park in the entire country, and it is right in DC! You do need a car or take the bus to get there, as it is not metro accessible. However, it is well worth it, and it is amazing to see all... More 

3 Thank Cdockrey
Alexandria, Virginia
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84 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We ventured out early Memorial Day to find a beautiful quiet natural wonder on the edge of DC. No crowds, easy parking and beautiful aquatic gardens of water lily ponds, meandering trails, and boardwalks.

1 Thank Pyranhadoc
Oviedo, Florida
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124 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

I had never heard of this national park before this trip, but, boy, am I glad we found it. If you are staying in downtown D.C. and don't have a car, no worries. You can get out there to the edge of the city by Metro. Be sure to look at the directions on the park's website, as you have... More 

3 Thank Kathy K
Washington, DC
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

National park and fantastic place to get away from it all! Grassy paths surrounded by small ponds filled with lotus flowers, frogs, and other exotic plant life. Also boardwalks and marshes and some great birding. Mother Nature's secret in an urban center.

Thank Dansgirl91
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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726 reviews
425 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is a great place to see different kinds of water flowers that do not limit to lotus and lily. The garden includes all type of marshland plants and flowers for visitors to enjoy during the visit. The garden consists of many ponds and swamps to show cases different types of marshland flowers, especially different species of lotus and lilies.... More 

1 Thank Prawet J
Potomac, Maryland
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a hidden gem in DC. We went to see the blooming lotus and water lilies during their annual lotus festival, then went back for the night blooming lotuses (the park was kept open till 9pm last Friday for this event), then went back two days later during early morning - that means, three times within a one-week time... More 

Thank FNC15
Nice, France
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49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Bring a picnic lunch and discover this unique exotic garden, especially when thousands of lotus and water lilies are in bloom this time of the year. It's outside the city center, but just a 10 minute walk from the Deanwood station on the same metro line that serves the White House and Smithsonian museums. The park's visitor center offers occasional... More 

Thank Mohaajer
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39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016

I decided to visit the national park after reading about it in a book about parks in the Metro-DC area. This time of the year, I was able to catch the Lotus & Water Lily Festival and see the lotus and water lily flowers at peak bloom! There are many different kinds of lotus flowers and water lilies that are... More 

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