Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens - Things To Do in Washington DC - LikeALocal Guide

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Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

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Why locals love it

While the National Arboretum is visited by many, the more rustic marshes and ponds just across the Anacostia River are a lesser visited treasure of the National Park Service. In the mid 1920's, Congress made efforts to preserve forests and waterways (DC was once a swamp, after all). These wetlands have stayed an unkempt majesty for the outdoorsy.

Why you should visit it

It is rare to encounter nature just within a city in this more subtle, unmanicured fashion. Though there is a small boardwalk for visitors to encounter the marshes, most of the area is ripe with trees, plants, flowers, animals, and insects. Whether you're a birdwatcher, hiker, explorer, or the like, no visit to the Aquatic Gardens is the same.

Special tip

Keep your eyes peeled for turtles in the ponds, lotus and water lilies, egrets, blue cranes, herons, and the like.

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The seasonal water lily festival is amazing. .
February 13, 2018
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