Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway Lane Closures and Construction Update Fall 2013
Construction work on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway at Waterside Drive continues. There will be lane closures between rush hours to accommodate work on the roadway, multi-use trail and infrastructure. More »
Operating Hours & Seasons
Rock Creek Park is open during daylight hours.
Our Visitor Centers are open as follows:
Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (closed on Thanksgiving, December 25, New Year days and the Fourth of July).
Ranger-led astronomy programs occur on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. (Young Planetarium), Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. (Seasonal Night Sky), and Saturdays and Sundays at 4:00 p.m. (Exploring the Universe). The planetarium is otherwise closed, except by special arrangement.
Old Stone House
Open 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily (closed on the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, December 25, and New Year days).
Peirce Mill and Barn
Summer Hours: Open April 1 to October 31, Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Winter Hours: Open November 1 to March 31, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, to arrange a ranger-led program, or to arrange a curriculum-based education program (10 or more) , call the Nature Center at (202) 895-6070.
Did You Know?
It takes light 8 minutes and 18 seconds, traveling at 186,000 miles per second to cover the 93 million miles from the sun to the earth. You can learn more amazing astronomy facts at the only planetarium in the NPS in Rock Creek Park. More...