Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Park and Marsh Tours

At its peak bloom from late May to early September, this Anacostia River wetland full of lotuses, lilies and forest wildflowers is accessible either by boardwalks or – only at high tide - by canoe or kayak. The gardens are adjacent to a large athletic field surrounded by woods and flowering bushes, and to a restored 30-acre marsh rimmed by walking paths.

Summer garden tours are offered at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. One of the tour’s highlights, only possible in late summer or early fall, is a swath of enormous Victoria water lilies, which have pads as many as four feet across. Whether or not you come for a tour, if your goal is to see blooming water lilies, it’s best to come as early in the morning as possible.

Practical Information

Street parking is available, or the Metrorail’s Deanwood station (serving the Orange Line), is nearby, just across the pedestrian overpass at Kenilworth Avenue.
Address: 1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington DC 20019, USA
Hours: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is open from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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