Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens Plan Your Visit

Operating Hours Seasons

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens is the northern site of Anacostia Park. It is divided into three distinct management units with different policies based on the resources protected by each unit. For a schedule of events, click here . Kenilworth Athletic Fields (athletic fields and meadow), entered off Burroughs Avenue, is normally open from 8:00 a.m. to dusk. It is closed when road conditions are hazardous. To prevent damage, fields are not open after heavy rains. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, entered from Anacostia Avenue, is open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The park exit locks at 4 to all except those coming by water. Those coming by water must monitor tides not to be stuck. The park is closed Thanksgiving, December 25 and January 1. Kenilworth Marsh can be accessed by canoe at high tide from the river, or on foot by the boardwalk and river trail beginning in Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens or the edge of Kenilworth Park. Spring is the best season for wildflowers in the marsh that borders the athletic fields and gardens. Summer is the season for the Aquatic Gardens. Winter, when leaves are off the trees, is the best time for birding at any of the sites. Early morning is the best time to see night blooming flowers.

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