Operating Hours & Seasons

Rock Creek Park itself is open all year round during daylight hours. The park is closed after dark.

Within Rock Creek Park there are 3 main visitor center's where you can meet a Ranger, get information and advice, learn about Rock Creek Park's natural history, and explore Washington D.C.'s history.

An image of the front of the Nature Center in spring, including the sign outside which reads, "Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium"

The Nature Center

The Nature Center has a visitor center, planetarium, store, bathrooms, water, natural history exhibits, and ranger programs.

Wednesday - Sunday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mondays and Tuesdays as well as Thanksgiving, December 25 and New Year Day.

Children look up at the planetarium ceiling, which displays stars relative to one another's size.


Every week at the Nature Center we have free Ranger-led planetarium shows.
Our programs happen every week at the following times:

Young Planetarium

Wednesdays | 4:00 PM
Appropriate for ages 4 - 10

Seasonal Night Sky

Saturdays and Sundays | 1:00 PM

Exploring the Universe

Saturdays and Sundays | 4:00 PM

The planetarium is otherwise closed, except by special arrangement. If you are looking to make reservations for a class or large group, check the Planetarium Education webpage.

An angled view up at one of the exterior windows at Old Stone House. The image is framed with fronds of a plant.

Old Stone House

Old Stone House is located in Georgetown and is the oldest building in Washington, DC.

11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day

Thanksgiving, December 25, and New Year Day

A look downwards at the mill stone and corn feeder at Peirce Mill.

Peirce Mill and Barn

Peirce Mill is open to the public throughout the year. Look below for seasonal details.

Summer | April to October

Wednesday to Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fall | November to December

Saturday and Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Closed December 25

Winter | January to February

Saturday and Sunday
Noon - 4:00 PM

Closed New Years Day

Spring | March

Saturday and Sunday
10:00AM - 4:00 PM


Last updated: February 9, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3545 Williamsburg Lane, NW
Washington, DC 20008


(202) 895-6000
Rock Creek Park administrative offices can be reached at 202-895-6000. For general information call 202-895-6070 Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dial 0.

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