Anacostia National Park

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Anacostia National Park

District Of Columbia

(202) 472-3873

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Things To Do

Overview

With over 1200 acres, Anacostia Park is one of Washington, D.C.'s largest and most important recreation areas. Included in Anacostia Park is Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens and Kenilworth Marsh. Hundreds of acres are available for ballfields, picnicking, basketball, tennis, and the Anacostia Park Pavilion has some 3300 square feet of space for roller skating and special events. The Langston Golf Course offers an 18-hole course as well as a driving range, and three concession operated marinas, four boat clubs, and a public boat ramp provide's for access to the tidal Anacostia River for recreational boating. Dogs are allowed if kept leashed. Current park hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. The park is open everyday of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Map of Anacostia

Latitude, Longitude: 38.868124, -76.991990

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Activities

  • Boating

    Three concession operated marinas, four boat clubs, and a public boat ramp provide access to the tidal Anacostia River for recreational boating. Bladensburg Marina rents canoes.

  • Bird Watching

    A combination of "brushy" riparian buffers, open fields, small wetlands, and wooded river edge give a variety of hunting and living spaces for osprey, bald eagles, song birds, and of course waterfowl. To see wildlife, it is best to come at dawn and dusk, and stay in one area quietly making your observations.

  • Bicycling

    There are many paths throughout Anacostia Park and along the river that are fun for bicycling. Pedestrians and cyclists may enter the park via Good Hope Road, Nicholson Street, or through the rear fence near the Anacostia Metro Station Parking Lot. A foot bridge to Anacostia Park is located at 1601 16th Street near the District of Columbia Sports and Fitness Complex and Anacostia Senior High School.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is regulated by DC Department of Environmental Health. It is the responsibility of the person fishing to know and follow regulations. You can get information from the Department of Environmental Health Monday through Friday except holidays.

  • Golfing

    The Langston Golf Course offers an 18-hole course as well as a driving range. Call (202) 397-8638 for more information.

  • Hiking

    Hike along the river or listen to a Park Ranger tell you about Anacostia's history and significance in an urban area. There are plenty of beautiful views to take in and lots of activities to mix things up.

  • Picnicking

    There are many places to picnic throughout the park, but grilling is not allowed.

  • Tennis

    There are various athletic fields and facilities at the park, including tennis courts.

  • Water Sports

    Washington DC Recreation Department operates a swimming pool at the park.

Seasonality/Weather

Spring and fall in Washington, DC are characterized by warm days and cool nights.

Summers can be quite warm and humid, with sudden, severe, localized thunderstorms in the late afternoon.

Winters tend to be at, or just below, freezing.

Directions

Driving

From the Baltimore-Washington Pkwy/295: Follow the Baltimore-Washington Parkway South toward Washington, DC. Take the left lanes to 295 South, then stay to the center lane. From 295, take the eastbound Pennsylvania Avenue exit. Take the first right onto Fairlawn Avenue. Go to the stop sign and turn right again on Nicholson Street to enter the park. Turn right to get to the skating pavilion and tennis court area.

From Interstate Route 395: Follow I-395 North into Washington, DC toward the Southeast-Southwest Freeway. When the freeway splits, stay to the right toward Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and take the Anacostia Park exit to the stop sign. Turn right onto Good Hope Road to enter the park. Turn right to get to the skating pavilion and tennis court area.

From the Suitland Pkwy/South Capitol St.: Follow the Suitland Parkway west toward Washington, DC. Turn right at the 4th traffic signal onto Firth Sterling Avenue. Take the next left turn on Howard Road. When you approach the Douglas Bridge, the lanes will split and the park entrance is to the right. Turn right to get to the skating pavilion and tennis court area.

Public Transportation

Park entrances one and two are closest to the Anacostia Metro Station on the Green Line. This metro station is on Howard Road, between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Firth Sterling Avenues. The Anacostia Metro Station has a parking garage accessible by car from Howard Road.

Park entrance three is closer to the Potomac Avenue Metro Station on the Orange/Blue Lines. This metro station is located on 14th Street, near 14th and G Streets beside Potomac Avenue, and adjacent to Pennsylvania Avenue.

From the Anacostia Metro Station Parking Lot the park is accessible by crossing the road that leads to the parking lot and entering the park through the fence behind the Park Headquarters.

The Potomac Avenue Metro Station provides Metro bus service to areas nearby park entrance three. Bus lines cross the Sousa Bridge and stop at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and L'Enfant Square. This intersection is approximately three blocks beyond park entrance three. A bus stop is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, east of the Potomac Metro Station Circle. Another bus stop is located on Pennsylvania Avenue within the circle.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(202) 472-3873

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