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Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

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Address: National Park Service, 1900 Anacostia Drive, SE, Washington DC, DC 20020
Phone Number: +1 202-426-6905
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DC's Hidden Delight

We ventured out early Memorial Day to find a beautiful quiet natural wonder on the edge of DC. No crowds, easy parking and beautiful aquatic gardens of water lily ponds... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
Pyranhadoc
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We ventured out early Memorial Day to find a beautiful quiet natural wonder on the edge of DC. No crowds, easy parking and beautiful aquatic gardens of water lily ponds, meandering trails, and boardwalks.

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Oviedo, Florida
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I had never heard of this national park before this trip, but, boy, am I glad we found it. If you are staying in downtown D.C. and don't have a car, no worries. You can get out there to the edge of the city by Metro. Be sure to look at the directions on the park's website, as you have... More 

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

National park and fantastic place to get away from it all! Grassy paths surrounded by small ponds filled with lotus flowers, frogs, and other exotic plant life. Also boardwalks and marshes and some great birding. Mother Nature's secret in an urban center.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is a great place to see different kinds of water flowers that do not limit to lotus and lily. The garden includes all type of marshland plants and flowers for visitors to enjoy during the visit. The garden consists of many ponds and swamps to show cases different types of marshland flowers, especially different species of lotus and lilies.... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a hidden gem in DC. We went to see the blooming lotus and water lilies during their annual lotus festival, then went back for the night blooming lotuses (the park was kept open till 9pm last Friday for this event), then went back two days later during early morning - that means, three times within a one-week time... More 

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Nice, France
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39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Bring a picnic lunch and discover this unique exotic garden, especially when thousands of lotus and water lilies are in bloom this time of the year. It's outside the city center, but just a 10 minute walk from the Deanwood station on the same metro line that serves the White House and Smithsonian museums. The park's visitor center offers occasional... More 

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Thank Mohaajer
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

I decided to visit the national park after reading about it in a book about parks in the Metro-DC area. This time of the year, I was able to catch the Lotus & Water Lily Festival and see the lotus and water lily flowers at peak bloom! There are many different kinds of lotus flowers and water lilies that are... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

After more than 30 years in metro DC, I finally went to visit the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. I read that the lotus flowers were in bloom. And they were!! It's a beautiful little park, with many acres of water lilies and lotus flowers. I missed the water lilies but the lotus were a riot of white and pink in the... More 

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Liss, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

Loved Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens - really different to other botanical gardens you visit, as really does focus on the beautiful lillies and lotus lillies, which are all over the place! It was a bit of a trek to get to, as unfortunately some of the metro line was down, but we made it and so glad we did.... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

I tried going to the national arboretum, and wound up here since I missed my turn. Got lost and found this gem. So beautiful. The flowers were so pretty and a lot of birds and water life. Trails, boardwalks, etc. Even a cute little gift shop.

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