Anacostia Park

Overview

With over 1200 acres, Anacostia Park is one of Washington, D.C.'s largest and most important recreation areas. Included in Anacostia Park is Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens and Kenilworth Marsh. Hundreds of acres are available for ballfields, picnicking, basketball, tennis, and the Anacostia Park Pavilion has some 3300 square feet of space for roller skating and special events. The Langston Golf Course offers an 18-hole course as well as a driving range, and three concession operated marinas, four boat clubs, and a public boat ramp provide's for access to the tidal Anacostia River for recreational boating. Dogs are allowed if kept leashed. Current park hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. The park is open everyday of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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Seasonality / Weather

Spring and fall in Washington, DC are characterized by warm days and cool nights.

Summers can be quite warm and humid, with sudden, severe, localized thunderstorms in the late afternoon.

Winters tend to be at, or just below, freezing.

Directions

Driving: 

From the Baltimore-Washington Pkwy/295: Follow the Baltimore-Washington Parkway South toward Washington, DC. Take the left lanes to 295 South, then stay to the center lane. From 295, take the eastbound Pennsylvania Avenue exit. Take the first right onto Fairlawn Avenue. Go to the stop sign and turn right again on Nicholson Street to enter the park. Turn right to get to the skating pavilion and tennis court area.

From Interstate Route 395: Follow I-395 North into Washington, DC toward the Southeast-Southwest Freeway. When the freeway splits, stay to the right toward Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and take the Anacostia Park exit to the stop sign. Turn right onto Good Hope Road to enter the park. Turn right to get to the skating pavilion and tennis court area.

From the Suitland Pkwy/South Capitol St.: Follow the Suitland Parkway west toward Washington, DC. Turn right at the 4th traffic signal onto Firth Sterling Avenue. Take the next left turn on Howard Road. When you approach the Douglas Bridge, the lanes will split and the park entrance is to the right. Turn right to get to the skating pavilion and tennis court area.

Public Transport: 

Park entrances one and two are closest to the Anacostia Metro Station on the Green Line. This metro station is on Howard Road, between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Firth Sterling Avenues. The Anacostia Metro Station has a parking garage accessible by car from Howard Road.

Park entrance three is closer to the Potomac Avenue Metro Station on the Orange/Blue Lines. This metro station is located on 14th Street, near 14th and G Streets beside Potomac Avenue, and adjacent to Pennsylvania Avenue.

From the Anacostia Metro Station Parking Lot the park is accessible by crossing the road that leads to the parking lot and entering the park through the fence behind the Park Headquarters.

The Potomac Avenue Metro Station provides Metro bus service to areas nearby park entrance three. Bus lines cross the Sousa Bridge and stop at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and L'Enfant Square. This intersection is approximately three blocks beyond park entrance three. A bus stop is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, east of the Potomac Metro Station Circle. Another bus stop is located on Pennsylvania Avenue within the circle.