• Spring time at the ponds

    Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

    District of Columbia

Plan Your Visit

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Ranger giving a school group a tour of the Aquatic Gardens

NPS Photo: M. Marquez

Pond Tours

Explore and walk the aquatic gardens with a ranger and experience the sights and sounds of Kenilworth's aquatic environment.

Pond tours are held on weekends from 9:30 am to 10:30 am starting APRIL 26th. Pond tours meet and start in front of the visitor center.

Stick around for a Nature Walk from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm and experience the river trail and boardwalk with a ranger.

If interested in bringing a school group please call the park to schedule (202) 426-6905. For everyone's safety, groups may NOT be larger than 30 people including adults/chaperones. Scheduled school group tours are held on Wednesday and Thursdays.

School Tour Options 2014:

High School: "Ecology and Environmentalism" or "Wings Over Wetlands".

6th - 8th Grade: "Wings Over Wetlands" or "Pond Tour and Nature Study".

3rd - 5th Grade: "Reptiles and Amphibians" or "Pond Tour and Nature Study".

K - 2nd Grade: "Insects and Spiders" or "Pond Tour".

Call today to schedule a school group program (202) 426-6905


Open Year Round

Closed just 3 days out the year, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens welcomes visitors with blanketed white snow in winter, fresh green sprouts and sounds in spring, to lush green hot summers, and painted fall foliage during fall. Come visit and experience all seasons 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 park. Early summer mornings are prime time to see our famous water lilies and large lotus flower as they take center stage before closing up during mid day heat (late June-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.

At Kenilworth Park, Athletic Fields (Burroughs Street and Kenilworth Avenue NE) visitors paint life with the excitement of soccer and football, or paddle up stream along the Anacostia River. Kenilworth Marsh is a natural habitat where raptors punctuate the winter sky and marsh wrens design their summer songs.

Seasons of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens throughout the year.
NPS Photo: M. Marquez

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