• View of the White House's north side from Layfatte Park

    President's Park (White House)

    District of Columbia

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  • White House Fence Restoration and Sidewalk Closure

    The National Park Service is restoring the White House fence along Pennsylvania Avenue, portions of which are believed to date back to 1818. During this restoration work, sections of the White House sidewalk will be temporarily closed for public safety. More »

  • Construction Project Affecting the White House Sidewalk

    Due to a construction project, a portion of both the White House sidewalk and Pennsylvania Avenue near East Executive Avenue will be closed until April 2015.

Outdoor Activities

There are many opportunities for outdoor activities at President's Park. This page contains information on the different activities offered here.

Park Ranger Interpretive Program

Interpretive Program
Participate in park's interpretive programs or special events. Look for a park ranger or volunteer for more current information on these programs or visit "Schedule of Events" page.


Explore President's Park
Explore President's Park
Looking for a place in downtown Washington, D.C. to enjoy open space and spend time with time with history? Come walk with our nation's stories in President's Park. Click here for information on two designated trails in our park.

The Ellipse

"Be Fit, Have Fun, Get Healthy in Your National Parks"

President's Park provide a wide array of healthful activities including walking, jogging, and bicycling, and other physically active and healthy fun.

Jog or walk a lap or two around the Ellipse sidewalk. (one lap = 0.6 mile)


White House
A great location to take photographs of the White House, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lafayette Park, National Christmas Tree and many more! A picture is worth a thousand words!

Did You Know?

John Quincy Adams, 6th President: 1825-1829

John Quincy Adams regularly swam in the Potomac River. A journalist, Anne Royall, knew of his 5 a.m. swims. After being refused interviews many times, she went to the river, gathered his clothes and sat on them until she had her interview. Before this, no female had interviewed a president.