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Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

National Park Service, 1900 Anacostia Drive, SE, Washington DC, DC 20020
+1 202-692-6080
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Search out this hidden gem

We hired bikes and rode up the East River Trail to visit these wonderful gardens. Search out the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
thedeberrys
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Pewsey, United Kingdom
Splashes of Color

Every visit to these gardens shows us something new. On this visit recent rain had flooded many... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
Leanne S
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“lotus flowers” (9 reviews)
“water lilies” (21 reviews)
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National Park Service, 1900 Anacostia Drive, SE, Washington DC, DC 20020
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hired bikes and rode up the East River Trail to visit these wonderful gardens. Search out the 'paddi fields' with the lotus lillies - the pink flowers and the unique seed pods are stunning.

Thank thedeberrys
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Every visit to these gardens shows us something new. On this visit recent rain had flooded many parts of the lotus and lily gardens, however still patches of magnificent color. These same rains had also brought a changed view to the areas around the river...More

Thank Leanne S
Reviewed 2 September 2017

My wife and I decided to visit Kenilworth for the first time since our last visit some 40 years ago. We're so glad we did! We saw many beautiful water lilies and lotuses, a great blue heron, an egret, and beautiful butterflies.

Thank George M
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We lucked out with the weather, not too hot, to go walking around. The water lilies and lotus were quite beautiful. I had never seem a lotus, and was quite surprised how tall they are. Took quite a few pictures, as everywhere you looked there...More

Thank Kitsaattheshore
Reviewed 6 August 2017

We had a lot of fun walking around this park on a Sunday morning. There were a lot of cars in the parking lot and many people on the paths, but it did not feel crowded. The flowers were beautiful. People commented on the neighborhood,...More

Thank Autumnsky
Reviewed 25 July 2017

This is the second visit to Kenilworth and beautiful lotuses continue to amaze photographers and nature lovers. Visited a week after the lotus festival and there were a plenty of flowers in bloom. There is a guided tour available at the park. For bird watchers,...More

1  Thank bala2803
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Tons of stunning and interesting-looking flowers, a boardwalk trail through the marsh, and a side trail that leads to the Anacostia River trail for those who like to bike or cover longer distances than the gardens offer. Very little shade, so don't go on a...More

Thank elena s
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

To fully appreciate the aquatic gardens, take the National Park Ranger guided tour. Our ranger did a great job of explaining the park's history, the original marshlands of D.C., the importance of the lotus flower throughout the world, and the life-cycle of the hundreds of...More

Thank TravelBugVA
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Every year around the 4th of July the gardens of lotus and water lily bloom. Truly a magnificent site to see. It's a great place to get a walk in, connected to the Anacostia River trail if you want more of a walk, a boardwalk...More

1  Thank hagemannj
Reviewed 28 June 2017

I visited yesterday after many years with an Italian friend at her n-th visit to DC. She had barely heard of the Park when I suggested to go. We were in for some awe, as summer is likely the best time of the year to...More

Thank 944giorgiog
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marie_in_WI
26 February 2016|
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The park is open year round, except Christmas Day and a couple of other holidays.
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