Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Let's explore the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens!

Kenilworth is the only National Park Service site devoted to aquatic plants. The park has many varieties of water lilies and lotus on display and is a great place to see birds, frogs, turtles, butterflies, and dragonflies. June through July is the best time of year for viewing the flowering aquatic plants.

The late cool stretch has delayed things a bit this year, but Ranger Rick assures me that by the second week of July both the water lilies (white) and lotus (pink) will be in full bloom.

While 8:00 am is an early start, the aquatic flowers close when it gets really hot, so if we start much later there would be nothing to see!

The route: We'll spend the initial hour or so doing some unstructured wandering around LBJ Memorial Pond to enjoy and photograph the aquatic plants. The second half of our visit we'll regroup and walk along the boardwalks to the west and the path to the north along the shoreline of the Anacostia River. Because we'll be surrounded by water and marshland, there's not much room for a really long walk. Still, between the walk and unstructured wandering around, we'll cover 3 miles or more.

How to get there: The parking lot entrance is located at 4505 Anacostia Avenue Northeast, Washington D.C. (The official address is 1550 Anacostia Avenue, NE, Washington, DC.) From the parking lot, a path through the woods leads to the Visitor Center. The park is accessible by Metro from the Deanwood Metro Stop on the Orange Line. (NB: Metro stations do not open until 7:00 am on weekends.) See directions at the NPS web site, http://www.nps.gov/keaq/planyourvisit/directions.htm.

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired (leashes are required at all times). Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Bring your camera!

Administrative stuff: There are public restrooms and drinking fountains at the Visitor Center (telephone[masked]). The park is open daily from 7 am to 4 pm.

Notes:
"Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens," Official National Park Service Website, http://www.nps.gov/keaq/index.htm. Accessed 5/27/2012.
"Description of Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens," United States Geological Survey - Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/blitz/kendesc.html. Accessed 5/27/2012.

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  • Shela C. T.

    John, you picked another big winner. What are you a professional tour/hiking guide for locals? Any chance of doing the Occoquan meet again, preferably in the fall? Thanks so much, Shela

    2 · July 15, 2013

    • John M

      Thanks, that would be a great walk for Autumn! We'll try to get back there again!

      2 · July 15, 2013

    • Dawn

      Can we do the Aquatic Garden on a Saturday next year? Would love to to the Occoquan walk in the autumn...cool crisp air and shuffling through the leaves!!!

      1 · July 15, 2013

  • Lucia

    It was very nice to get to know wonderful new people in such a beautiful place

    2 · July 15, 2013

  • Faith R.

    I echo Shela. This was my first foray and it was beautiful, fun, and great company! I'm looking forward to the next exploration

    2 · July 15, 2013

  • Louise

    Plantilicious!

    3 · July 15, 2013

  • Scott S.

    Great company to be with today, thank you

    3 · July 14, 2013

  • John M

    Best blooms ever! Best bunch, too! Thanks!!

    3 · July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you so much. I had a great time.

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • Lauren K

    Such a great hike! The flowers were beautiful and the company was fun! Thank you so much for everyone who organized and came.

    3 · July 14, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Hey Just double checking... I have Kay, Olga and Wilhemina in my car. Theresa and Gina, I believe you have rides with others. Correct? Please meet me at 7:15am at Starbucks. I have a silver Toyota Camry.

    1 · July 9, 2013

    • Jennifer

      No problems. If you aren't here by 715am or so, then we'll know! :)

      July 11, 2013

    • Olga

      Thanks again Jennifer for the ride to this event.

      1 · July 14, 2013

  • Ellen

    Kudos John for a wonderful morning meetup!

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • Olga

    Thank you John for another great meetup. It was my first time at this garden. It was awesome!!

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • Lucia

    A beautiful experience walking by the lotus garden

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • Glenn

    Great meetup, kudos to the organizer.

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful morning, thanks!

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • Skysusan

    Looks wonderful! sky

    1 · July 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sky, good for you for making it this morning! See you soon.

      1 · July 14, 2013

  • Tracy

    I am around the lotus lake taking pictures. Pls let me know where to meet for hiking.

    1 · July 14, 2013

    • Skysusan

      Per John... 9:15 back @ Visitors' Center... sky

      July 14, 2013

  • Gowtham

    Im taking orange metro ..it reaches Deaneood by 7.52 .

    July 14, 2013

  • Olga

    Jennifer am here at Bradlee Center 7:09am

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Lauren K

    I also live by Fairlington and can take two in my car if you don't mind riding with my Chihuahua (he is very friendly).

    June 7, 2013

    • Lauren K

      Jeanne I'm still on for tomorrow

      July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lauren, I cancelled on this trip a couple of weeks ago. Something else came up so I am not able to go. I posted it but I guess you did not see.

      July 14, 2013

  • John M

    I'll be happy to stop for up to three passengers at King Street Metro Station at 7:30. East side by the bus stops/taxi stands. (No dogs, please.)

    June 7, 2013

    • Ellen

      I will be there @ 7:30!

      July 13, 2013

    • Kevin

      you have another taker! Thanks!

      1 · July 13, 2013

  • Traci

    Hi! I know the description says it's okay to bring my leashed dog. I'm just double checking, just in case! Thanks! -Traci

    July 13, 2013

  • Gowtham

    Anyone is taking orange line...im taking from Mc pherson square..

    July 13, 2013

  • Sophie L

    Dear Gowtham, Sorry I have been busy all day and I finally found some time to check the map. I am quite new here so I do not know where the metro station is. But I check K st NW and it is somewhat on the way to the gardens. Let me know a store or coffee shop on K street, I will pick you up from there. Let me know. I will be driving a White Huyndai Touring.

    July 12, 2013

    • Gowtham

      Sophie.....google maps show that K St will be a diversion from the destination. I can catch the orange metro.. We will meet in the park. May be we catch up on return ..Thank you so much

      July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    8am? On a Sunday? Too early. I am not even at work that early.

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Jon! Have another engagement.

    July 12, 2013

  • Alan

    Does anyone still need a ride from Braddock or King St Metro ? I have room for one.

    July 10, 2013

    • Carie S

      7/[masked]

      July 12, 2013

    • Alan

      Gowatham, I only have a 2 seater so I don't have room. Good luck finding a ride.

      July 12, 2013

  • Gowtham

    I was looking for car pool ... thinking that its not accessible metro ...I can take metro .. so carpool not required ..pls ignore my requests .. any body taking orange metro so that we can meet and walk to the aquatic gardens from metro station..

    July 12, 2013

  • Lakshmi

    I can pick up anyone who wants to come from Huntington Station.

    July 8, 2013

    • Skysusan

      Thanks for the message... Did a call back, so you have my cell as well. Looking forward to it. 7am it is, though I think the Metro starts at 7am, so I may be a few minutes later?? Coming from King Street Metro. :)sky

      July 9, 2013

    • Gowtham

      I need a carpool ..i can manage to king st metro only by 7.45 am .. i dont have metro before that... but i can take a cab to huntington if required ...may be by 8.00 am i can reach there ...but i see its another 30 min from there we will be late ... me no options :(

      July 12, 2013

  • Sophie L

    I am new to the area. I will be driving from fairfax VA. Is there parking on site, if not, what is best for parking.

    July 10, 2013

    • John M

      There is a lot big enough for maybe 75 cars, plus parallel street parking outside.

      1 · July 10, 2013

    • Gowtham

      Sophie ..can you offer me a ride ..I stay in Downtown but i can join you from DUn loring metro closet to Fairfax ..

      July 12, 2013

  • Gowtham

    I need a ride .. I live in K St, NW. I can join from any metro station Orange/Red/Blue preferably but ok with Yello and Green line too.

    July 12, 2013

  • kathy

    darn, I love this place and was looking forward to going, but have to cancel!

    July 12, 2013

  • Glenn

    I live within a four minute walk of the the Grosvenor/Strathmore metro station and can take up to four people to this event.

    June 9, 2013

    • Andy

      great, i will meet you at station parking lot around 7:15am. The first train on Sunday from Shady Grove is at 7:00Am.

      July 11, 2013

    • Glenn

      Done. Better yet, meet me at 7:15AM in front of the turnstiles because there are a couple of big parking lots at Grosvenor.

      July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking forward to seeing that beautiful plants

    July 10, 2013

  • Gabrielle C.

    I've got an injury..no hiking for me for a while....

    July 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Very sorry Gabrielle. So now I'm really confused. Theresa, are you still going and driving??? What are our plans?

      July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I am new in this area. Any carpool left? I am in N Glebe Arlington.

    July 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Kelly,

      July 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yes please. That's nice of you. Thanks. Where we will meet?

      July 8, 2013

  • shae

    Triple book and will go to the Potomac Heritage Trail instead.

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry to cancel. Cannot make it.

    July 8, 2013

  • Gabrielle C.

    I'm in Parkfairfax and happy to drive or help navigate.

    June 12, 2013

    • Gabrielle C.

      Theresa and Sheila, Sounds like a plan, we can confirm later. Also, hoping Marilyn will join us!

      June 19, 2013

    • Theresa

      Gabrielle, are we meeting at your place? I need to confirm your address.

      July 8, 2013

  • John M

    I can see that if everyone comes, we will have to split into groups. (Park rules say groups of 30.) But no prob, we'll meet in the parking lot and there's plenty of time to get sorted out.

    July 8, 2013

  • Linda S.

    I've wanted to go to this place, problem is I'm already going to Luray Cavern meetup the same day.

    July 8, 2013

  • Genise

    2 early for me, sorry

    July 1, 2013

  • Faith R.

    I have room in a car and I am in Arlington. Any takers?

    June 7, 2013

    • Vinodh V.

      Bonnie: Sure. 6:45 am at King street metro works for me. Thanks!

      June 30, 2013

    • Shela C. T.

      Vinodh, See you've gotten a ride w/ Bonnie. Hope to see you at the Aquatic Gardens. Best regards, Shela

      July 1, 2013

  • Faith R.

    I tried to send you am email but somehow it didnt work. anyway, i would really appreciate a ride. i tore my Rotator cuff and driving is a pain literally and figuratively. so will we meet at bradlee shopping center? and at what time?

    June 29, 2013

  • Kathleen O.

    Can I jump in on the carpooling?

    June 29, 2013

  • Gabrielle C.

    Theresa are you still up for driving? If not, I'm happy to. Marilyn will travel with us and Shela, are you going with us or Bonnie?

    June 28, 2013

    • Theresa

      Ye

      June 29, 2013

    • Theresa

      Yes I can drive, just point the way.

      June 29, 2013

  • Dawn

    Would love to do this hike on a Saturday but Sundays are out for me.

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay Gabrielle - I'm coming and would love to hook a ride with you if you still have space...

    June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds like the perfect way to spend a morning!

    June 26, 2013

  • Jennifer

    OK. So far I have Kay, Gina and Theresa and Olga. It'll be a squeeze, but it's a short ride into town. Let's meet at 7:30 on Sunday, July 14 at the Starbucks in the Bradlee Shopping Center.

    June 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jennifer go ahead and use my seat space for another. I can drive and by driving myself then I can take my dog Lucy too. Thank you for offering. See you there.

      June 6, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I can carpool with people from Fairlington if needed.

    June 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jennifer I'd like to carpool with you if you still have space for one? Thanks.

      June 5, 2013

    • Theresa

      Jennifer I'd like to carpool if you still have room.

      June 5, 2013

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