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Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

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Total Hidden Gem!

Even for locals, Kenilworth Gardens is a total hidden gem! The only National Park dedicated to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Falls Church, Virginia
Go in July for the lotuses

There are thousands of lotuses in this garden by the Anacostia River. Unfortunately when I visited... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Edison G
Bowie, Maryland
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National Park Service, 1900 Anacostia Drive, SE, Washington DC, DC 20020
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even for locals, Kenilworth Gardens is a total hidden gem! The only National Park dedicated to water flowers, it really stands apart in its uniqueness. It is smaller in scale, but I think that is actually quite helpful, as you can do the whole park...More

1  Thank Ruleena
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are thousands of lotuses in this garden by the Anacostia River. Unfortunately when I visited in late August, all but a few of the blooms were no more. Still the numerous trails and boardwalks over marshes are worth a visit anytime of the year....More

Thank Edison G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you love aquatic gardens this is the place to visit, what a wonderful hidden gem of place. We arrived early and could have spent the entire day wandering this site. Such beautiful gardens, great staff, and facilities! If you can take a couple of...More

Thank Chestersdrivers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this park in Early August and missed the Lotus season by a couple of weeks. There were still some Lotuses in late blooming condition and many water lilies. Lovely park with lovely history!! Hidden in plain view in the South Eastern part of...More

Thank Nari K
Reviewed 31 July 2018

This place mesmorized me. I visited during the peak bloom of the lotus flowers and it was absolutely gorgeous. There are lilly pads and lotus everywhere. It is part of National Park Services and during the summer there are festivals and fun activities. Entrance is...More

3  Thank Lorrane C
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Diametrically across NW from the Potomac is Kenilworth on the Anacostia. The festival ran yesterday and today. Yesterday was probably a washout from the rain. 10am today was the perfect time to visit. Beautiful display of lotus flowers in mini fields. I arrived in flip...More

1  Thank hemantphd
Reviewed 16 July 2018

Yes, another over the top review of Kenilworth Park yet it is really true--this is an amazing display of water lilies and lotus blooms. The ranger tour is really the best way to go as the park comes into focus with their excellent presentations. Is...More

1  Thank joshaurora
Reviewed 16 July 2018

If you only go once, go during the peak bloom of the lotus flowers in July. It is amazing! Surprisingly, the part is completely free. We went on a ranger lead tour & it was VERY informative. The lotus flowers are breathtaking. Go early, as...More

2  Thank ddallas1969
Reviewed 16 July 2018

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens is park of the National Park Service. It is a fantastic place to spend a hour or two looking at the lotus and water lilies. You can also look at other plants but the above two are spectacular in July...More

1  Thank esopus35
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Now this time, I hit the beginning and the peak of the lotus. A great place to enjoy outdoor and water garden. Early to follow the bloom via website and avoid the opening of the opening of the event. Best time to go is mid-week...More

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27 February 2016|
Response from Samantha M |
The park is open year round, except Christmas Day and a couple of other holidays.