Best Parks in DC and Alexandria for 2016

Everyone knows the D.C. region is full of American history and fascinating architecture, but it’s also a great place to enjoy the beauty of nature. In the District and surrounding cities, it’s very easy to find a park to fit your needs, whether you’re looking to go for a challenging run, a leisurely hike, or simply want to admire the natural world.

Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park is a 4.4 square-mile natural sanctuary in the heart of the District. It was established as federally protected land in 1890, making Rock Creek the third oldest national park still in existence today. Attractions in Rock Creek include trails for hiking and biking, tennis courts, a planetarium, and the Thompson Boat Center for kayak and canoe rentals.

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

A part of the larger Anacostia Park located in Southeast D.C., these aquatic gardens are perfect for those who enjoy beautiful flowers and tranquil waters. Plant life here includes lilies, lotuses, royal ferns, and cattails. It’s also an excellent spot for bird watching – bald eagles have been known to hang out here and in other areas of Anacostia Park.

Dora Kelley Nature Park

Towards the western edge of Alexandria is Dora Kelley Park, a 50-acre sanctuary that includes freshwater marshes, streams and beautiful woods. At the nearby Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, you can enjoy interesting exhibits about animals native to the area.

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