Things To Do

As president, Theodore Roosevelt 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.


Ranger-led Programs
Ranger-led programs are a great way to get the inside story on Theodore Roosevelt Island, whether you are a local who visits every day or a tourist in town for a few hours. Check the calendar to find out when and where to meet for programs.

Island Tours of Theodore Roosevelt Island are held on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Theodore Roosevelt was an adventurous spirit and went on many safaris. Enjoy this walk with a ranger or park volunteer to explore the history and nature of this memorial island.


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
A variety of trails lend themselves to different activities. The Swamp Trail is mostly flat with a boardwalk section. The Woods and Upland Trails are surfaced with pea-sized gravel.


Canoeing or Kayaking
An easy flat water paddle around the island is the best way to see how it is shaped by the Potomac River.

If you bring your own craft, you can put it in the water near the footbridge that leads to the island or near the culvert between the two parking lots. If you rent your craft in Georgetown, be prepared to paddle across the wide, busy river.


Last updated: May 30, 2023

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