Fort Dupont Park


"A park for all seasons" describes the 376 wooded acres that make up one of the largest parks in Washington. Picnics, nature walks, a hiker/biker trail, scenic drives, a Civil War earthworks fort, Civil War programs, gardening, summer concerts, ice skating, sports, environmental education, and youth programs are among the varied seasonal activities at this spacious area east of the Anacostia River. The grounds of Fort Dupont Park are open all year from dawn to dusk. The Activity Center is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day


Seasonality / Weather

Summer weather is usually very warm and humid (average high temperature in mid-summer is 89 F). Winters are usually cold, but not severe (average high temperature in mid-winter is 41 F). Nighttime temperatures will drop below 10 F a few times each winter. Spring is the most variable of the seasons, while fall weather is very pleasant.



Fort Dupont Park is located in Southeast Washington, DC., east of the Anacostia River. It is not near Dupont Circle. It is bounded by Minnesota Avenue to the west; Ely Place and Ridge Roads to the north; Alabama Avenue to the east; and Massachusetts Avenue to the south. The main driving entrances to the park are Fort Davis Drive and Ridge Road; Fort Davis Drive and Massachusetts Avenue; and Randle Circle and Fort Dupont Drive.

The summer theater entrance is on Minnesota Avenue and F Street between Ely Place and Randle Circle.

Public Transport: 

The closest metro rail stops are Minnesota Avenue on the orange line, and Benning Road on the blue line. Fort Dupont Park is served by several Metrobus routes. The most direct buses are the V7 and U2 buses on weekdays, or the V8 bus on weekends. To obtain directions using public transportation, use Metro's website.