Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
At Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, starting in late May water lilies and lotus take center stage each summer. There is an ever changing pallet of water colors all year with fall foliage and winter birding. At Kenilworth Park visitors paint life with the excitement of rugby on the athletic fields, or with the quiet of a gravel bottom stream. Kenilworth Marsh is a natural work where raptors punctuate the winter sky and marsh wrens design their summer songs. Come by canoe or use the boardwalk and river trail accessed at the Aquatic Gardens.
Seasonality / Weather
Spring is the best season for wildflowers in the marsh that borders the athletic fields and gardens. Summer is the season for the Aquatic Gardens. Winter, when leaves are off the trees, is the best time for birding at any of the sites. Flowers close when it gets above 89 or 90 degrees, and don't open again until the next morning. To avoid this, come early in the day when flowers are at their best.
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (visitor center facilities ) is in northeast Washington, D.C., just south of the Route 50, Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Kenilworth Avenue intersection. The entrance to the Aquatic Gardens is at 1550 Anacostia Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20019. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.
The entrance to Kenilworth Park (active recreation area) is located at the westernmost end of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, NE. It is approximately 0.5 mile south of the Aquatic Gardens entrance. There are no facilities at the site.
Take Route 295 southbound if you are coming from north of Route 50 or Route 50, to the Eastern Avenue Exit. Go straight up the ramp to the second street on the right, Douglas Street. Make a right onto Douglas Street. At the end of Douglas Street, make another right onto Anacostia Avenue to get to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Go left to get to Kenilworth Recreation Park.
If you are coming from south of Route 50, take Route 295 north to the Burroughs Street Exit. At the bottom of the ramp go left. Go straight to Kenilworth Recreation Park. To get to Aquatic Gardens, go to the right of the athletic field entrance to follow Lee Street to 40th around a curve to Anacostia Avenue. Pass a hand ball court and wooded area to the gardens. An alternate to the Aquatic Gardens is to continue north on Route 295 to the Eastern Avenue Exit. Make a U turn to the left at the light at the top of the ramp and go down two streets to Douglas Street. Make a right on Douglas. At the end of Douglas make a right on Anacostia and continue a block and a half to the park on the left.
The Deanwood Metro Station on the Orange Line is closest to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens entrance. From the lower station exit go out the Polk Street tunnel to the pedestrian overpass that crosses Kenilworth Avenue. Use the overpass to cross Kenilworth Avenue. As you come down the overpass, Douglas Street will be straight ahead. Make a left on Douglas Street and go to the end of the street, about two blocks. Make a right at the end of Douglas Street onto Anacostia Avenue and enter any open gate on your left.
The Minnesota Avenue Metro Station on the Orange Line is the closest metro station to Kenilworth Park, about a mile away. From the station go north on Minnesota Avenue to Burroughs and go left under the overpasses. The park entrance is a few blocks from there at the end of Burroughs. Buses run north and south along Kenilworth Avenue and are best for accessing Kenilworth Park.