• Boardwalk, river, and trail

    Theodore Roosevelt Island

    District of Columbia

Things To Do

Ranger-led Programs

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.

Island Safari

Join a ranger for an easy guided walk through some of Theodore Roosevelt Island's wild times - both human and natural.


Outdoor Activities

Theodore Roosevelt Island was designed as a living memorial to a very active man. While he was president he was notorious for dragging diplomats and government officials on tough hikes through the area's "wild" lands. Here are just a few ways you can live up to his legacy during your visit.

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.

Wildlife Viewing
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.