Constitution Gardens

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Constitution Gardens

District Of Columbia

(202) 426-6841

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Overview

Dedicated in 1976, Constitution Gardens serves as an oasis within the bustling city for visitors, residents and wildlife. A memorial island in the middle of an artificial lake has stones bearing the names and signatures of the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence. Their pledge to freedom exists as a living tribute within this natural setting celebrating the U.S. Constitution. Constitution Gardens is open 24 hours a day. Rangers for this area may be found at the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.

Map of Constitution Gardens

Latitude, Longitude: 38.889660, -77.042626

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Activities

  • Hiking

    The National Mall and Memorial Parks interpretive staff offers many lectures, walking tours, and bike tours throughout Constitution Gardens.

  • Historic Sites

    Constitution Gardens is a living legacy to the founding of the republic as well as an oasis in the midst of a city landscape. The 50 acres of the park were originally beneath the Potomac River. Near the end of the nineteenth century, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initiated a dredging project that created the land that became Potomac Park. The Gardens were dedicated in May of 1976 as an American Revolution Bicentennial tribute. On July 2, 1984, the Memorial to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence was dedicated on the small island in the lake.

    On September 17, 1986, in honor of the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation making Constitution Gardens a living legacy tribute to the Constitution. Visitors enjoy the park all year as the home for a wide array of urban wildlife. Constitution Gardens has been a separate park unit since 1982.

Seasonality/Weather

The Constitution Gardens are best to visit in the spring and summer when it will be in full bloom.

Park Partners

Trust for the National Mall

The Trust for the National Mall is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring and improving the National Mall. The trust's goal is to make the National Mall the best park in the world. The Trust for the National Mall will help restore, revitalize and preserve the National Mall, home to the enduring symbols of democracy, for present and future generations.

(202) 407-9408

Tourmobile

Tourmobile open-air trams offer live narrated tours of DC and is the only riding tour of Arlington National Cemetery. You will be taken right where you want to go with unlimited reboarding. Hop on an off throughout the day. You choose where to stop, stay as long as you want, then reboard and ride to another historic location.

Guest Services manages all retail operations (stores and kiosks) for the National Park Service-operated National Mall in Washington, D.C.

(202) 554-5100

Directions

Driving

Interstate 395 provides access to the Mall from the South. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the North. Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 provide access from the West. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the East.

Parking throughout the District of Columbia is restricted generally (see individual area signs for site specific closures/restrictions) from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. to facilitate cleaning and maintenance. Washington, D.C. is a very busy metropolitan area. Parking is at a premium throughout the entire city. Private paid parking garages and lots can be found downtown north of the National Mall. Free on street parking is generally restricted to two hours (ticketing/towing enforced). Limited, free day long parking is available along Ohio Drive, SW which is along the Potomac River south of the Lincoln Memorial or in Lots A, B, and C south of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

Flying

Three major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country and the world. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport all have limousine, taxi cab, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall.

Public Transportation

There are four Metro stations that provide access to Constitution Gardens: Foggy Bottom/George Washington University at 23rd and I Streets, NW; Farragut West at 18th and I or 17th and I Streets, NW; Federal Triangle near 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; and Smithsonian on the Mall near 12th Street, SW. Each station is nearly 3/4 of a mile from the site.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(202) 426-6841

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