Anacostia Park in SE Washington, DC

A Visitor’s Guide to Anacostia Park

Anacostia Park
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Anacostia Park is one of Washington, DC's largest recreation areas with more than 1200 acres stretching along the Anacostia River from the Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge to the DC/Maryland border. The park has shoreline access, a swimming pool, ball fields, trails, picnic facilities and the Anacostia Park Pavilion with public space for roller skating and special events.

The National Park Service is working to make Anacostia Park a signature urban park that improves people’s lives and protects the quality and resiliency of the Anacostia River ecosystem. The park provides inspirational natural spaces easily accessible to area residents and visitors.

1900 Anacostia Drive, SE
Washington, DC
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Park entrances are near the Anacostia and the Potomac Avenue Metro stations.
Park Hours
Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Major Sites and Recreation Facilities

  • Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens - The park is dedicated to water plants such as water lilies, water hyacinth, lotus, and bamboo. It is a great place for bird watching.
  • Langston Golf Course –Facilities include an 18-hole golf course, a driving range, three concession-operated marinas, four boat clubs, and a public boat ramp provide for access to the Anacostia River for recreational boating.
  • RFK Stadium – The 56,000-seat stadium serves as the home of the DC United as well as an arena for college and high school athletics, musical concerts and other major events.

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The 11th Street traffic bridges that connect Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill and historic Anacostia neighborhoods will soon be transformed into the city’s first elevated park providing a new venue for outdoor recreation, environmental education and the arts. The bridge is sure to become an architectural icon. Read more about the 11th Street Bridge Park.

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