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Parks and Gardens

Parks and Gardens
Parks and Gardens

© Patrick Moore

The capital devotes one full quarter of its precious land to parks. Its mild winters and hot humid summers, along with the fertile shores of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, support a wide range of plant life. In addition to public spaces and natural wooded areas, several private gardens are open to the public providing a wide range of scenic and landscaped beauty, including the famed cherry trees. Enhanced further by two world-renowned horticultural institutions, the National Arboretum and the U.S. Botanical Gardens, the city has much to offer any nature or outdoor enthusiast.

Washington DC | Parks and Gardens

Anacostia Park
  • Anacostia Park
  • A great recreational resource, Anacostia Park encompasses over 1200 acres following the Anacostia River and including Kenilworth Park, Aquatic Gardens and Kenilworth Marsh.
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Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Park
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Park
  • Preserving America's colorful Canal era and transportation history, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park encompasses 184.5 miles of canals and towpaths from Georgetown, Washington DC to Cumberland, Maryland.
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Constitution Gardens
  • Constitution Gardens
  • Constitution Gardens, a 45-acre park located between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, honors the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence and provides a scenic spot with...
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Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
  • Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
  • Located on the highest point in Georgetown, the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens features 10 formally landscaped acres and an English country garden surrounding the mansion Dumbarton Oaks House.
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Franciscan Monastery Garden
Hillwood Museum and Gardens
  • Hillwood Museum and Gardens
  • Hillwood Museum and Gardens was one of the homes of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and includes a 40-room Georgian mansion and more than 12 acres of fabulously landscaped grounds. The...
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National Arboretum
  • National Arboretum
  • Many of the best-loved shrubs and trees in America were developed at the nation's premier horticultural research facility the National Arboretum, featuring 444 acres of demonstration gardens,...
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National Mall
  • National Mall
  • The National Mall's two-mile span, from the steps of the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, is Washington DC's resounding response to the "grand avenues" of the European cities: a central...
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Potomac Park
  • Potomac Park
  • Potomac Park includes many of the city's most beloved memorials, as well as the area known as the Tidal Basin, and is also the home of the District's famed cherry trees which provide a blizzard of stunning soft color during two ephemeral weeks of spring.
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Rock Creek National Park
  • Rock Creek National Park
  • The so-called "urban" Rock Creek Park in DC encompasses more than 2,000 acres – more than twice the size of Central Park in New York City – extending 12 miles from the Potomac River to the border of Maryland.
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Theodore Roosevelt Island Park
  • Theodore Roosevelt Island Park
  • One of Theodore Roosevelt's greatest legacies was his dedication to conservation. Today, this island in the Potomac stands as a fitting memorial to the outdoorsman, naturalist, and visionary who was the 26th President.
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Tidal Basin
  • Tidal Basin
  • While the Tidal Basin is just that -- a man-made inlet intended to drain the Washington Channel twice daily after high tide -- it is so much more than a flood control mechanism to the District's residents and visitors.
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U.S. Botanic Garden
  • U.S. Botanic Garden
  • The oldest continually-operating botanic garden in the United States, the U.S. Botanic Garden is a showcase centrally located on the National Mall, and is nearly as old as DC itself. Its first greenhouse was built in 1842 and since 1849, it has been at its current location.
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