Dedicated in 1976, Constitution Gardens serves as an oasis within the bustling city for visitors, residents and wildlife. A memorial island in the middle of an artificial lake has stones bearing the names and signatures of the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence. Their pledge to freedom exists as a living tribute within this natural setting celebrating the U.S. Constitution. Constitution Gardens is open 24 hours a day. Rangers for this area may be found at the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.
Seasonality / Weather
The Constitution Gardens are best to visit in the spring and summer when it will be in full bloom.
Interstate 395 provides access to the Mall from the South. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the North. Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 provide access from the West. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the East.
Parking throughout the District of Columbia is restricted generally (see individual area signs for site specific closures/restrictions) from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. to facilitate cleaning and maintenance.
Washington, D.C. is a very busy metropolitan area. Parking is at a premium throughout the entire city. Private paid parking garages and lots can be found downtown north of the National Mall. Free on street parking is generally restricted to two hours (ticketing/towing enforced). Limited, free day long parking is available along Ohio Drive, SW which is along the Potomac River south of the Lincoln Memorial or in Lots A, B, and C south of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
There are four Metro stations that provide access to Constitution Gardens: Foggy Bottom/George Washington University at 23rd and I Streets, NW; Farragut West at 18th and I or 17th and I Streets, NW; Federal Triangle near 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; and Smithsonian on the Mall near 12th Street, SW. Each station is nearly 3/4 of a mile from the site.