• FALL Web Banner photo

    Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

    District of Columbia

Operating Hours & Seasons

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens is the northern site of Anacostia Park.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, entered from Anacostia Avenue: the gate hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The park exit gates lock promptly at 5 P.M. The park book store hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The park is closed on Thanks Giving, December 25, and January 1.

Kenilworth Athletic Fields (athletic fields and meadow), entered off Burroughs Avenue, is normally open from 8:00 a.m. to dusk. It is closed when road conditions are hazardous. To prevent damage, fields are not open after heavy rains.

There is an ever changing pallet of activities for ALL throughout the year.
Come out and walk the boardwalk for winter birding. See the park come to life during spring as the sights and sounds wake up and fill the air. Early summer mornings are prime time to see our famous water lilies and large lotus flowers as they take center stage before closing up during mid day heat (June and July). Come during fall and enjoy crisp cool air and splashed water colors as the leaves dance with color.
There is an ever changing pallet of activities for ALL throughout the year.

Hot, blazing bright flowers are characteristic of tropical waterlilies
Early morning is the best time to see night blooming flowers.
Doug Rowley

Did You Know?

water beading on a lotus leaf

The top of the lotus leaf is covered with wax pebbles, making it better at shedding water than a plain wax surface. This surface is being copied for rain ware. More...