Things To Do
The George Washington Memorial Parkway includes over 25 sites, ranging from historic homes to wildlife preserves. You can join a ranger for a free program or explore these sites on your own.
Whether you are a local who visits every day or a tourist in town for a few hours, a ranger-led program is a great way to get the inside story on Theodore Roosevelt Island. See the Schedule of Events to find out when and where to meet for the programs described below.
Join a ranger for an easy guided walk through some of Theodore Roosevelt Island's wild times - both human and natural.
Congress originally set aside the parkway as part of a "comprehensive park, parkway, and playground system of the National Capital." Here are just a few of the many ways that the parkway lives up to that mission.
Canoeing or Kayaking
An easy flat water paddle around the island is the best way to see how the Potomac River shapes its physical form and influences its wildlife.
Birders will find habitat for wading birds, raptors, and warblers. Wildflowers put on a spectacular show in spring and early summer.
Walking or Running
The Swamp Trail is mostly flat with a boardwalk section. The Woods and Upland Trails are surfaced with pea-sized gravel.