Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens This is the official page of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, a unit of the National Park Service. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a National Park Service site located in the north eastern corner of Washington, D.C., and the Maryland state border.

Nestled near the banks of the Anacostia River and directly south of the Baltimore Washington Parkway, Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens preserves a plethora of rare waterlilies and lotuses in the cultivated ponds near the river. The park also contains the Kenilworth Marsh, the only remaining tidal marsh in Washington, D.C. and an adjacent recreational area. History:
The land that is now Kenilwort

Nestled near the banks of the Anacostia River and directly south of the Baltimore Washington Parkway, Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens preserves a plethora of rare waterlilies and lotuses in the cultivated ponds near the river. The park also contains the Kenilworth Marsh, the only remaining tidal marsh in Washington, D.C. and an adjacent recreational area. History:
The land that is now Kenilwort

Operating as usual

The Big Brown Beaver Bit Bitter Brown Bark! Happy International Tongue Twister Day! Have you seen a beaver in our park? ...
11/08/2021

The Big Brown Beaver Bit Bitter Brown Bark!

Happy International Tongue Twister Day!

Have you seen a beaver in our park?

Feel free to write your own tongue twisters in the comments below! Bonus points if they were inspired by a visit to one of our National Parks!

The Big Brown Beaver Bit Bitter Brown Bark!

Happy International Tongue Twister Day!

Have you seen a beaver in our park?

Feel free to write your own tongue twisters in the comments below! Bonus points if they were inspired by a visit to one of our National Parks!

Wahoo! Are you feeling refreshed and energized from an extra hour of sleep? Bring that newfound energy to your local Nat...
11/07/2021

Wahoo! Are you feeling refreshed and energized from an extra hour of sleep? Bring that newfound energy to your local National Park! #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Wahoo! Are you feeling refreshed and energized from an extra hour of sleep? Bring that newfound energy to your local National Park! #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Happy National Bison Day! Don't forget to give your #BuddyBison a hug but to leave the wild ones at least 50 feet away!
11/06/2021

Happy National Bison Day!

Don't forget to give your #BuddyBison a hug but to leave the wild ones at least 50 feet away!

Happy National Bison Day!

Don't forget to give your #BuddyBison a hug but to leave the wild ones at least 50 feet away!

We have noticed wild turkeys active on the River Trail. It is always fascinating to see wildlife first-hand and seeing t...
11/05/2021

We have noticed wild turkeys active on the River Trail. It is always fascinating to see wildlife first-hand and seeing turkeys in November seems very appropriate with the upcoming holiday.
However, it is very important to remember to respect nature. if you see a wild turkey on our river trail, make sure to give it plenty of space!

We have noticed wild turkeys active on the River Trail. It is always fascinating to see wildlife first-hand and seeing turkeys in November seems very appropriate with the upcoming holiday.
However, it is very important to remember to respect nature. if you see a wild turkey on our river trail, make sure to give it plenty of space!

What are your favorite ways to wind down after a long week or a hard day at the office? Since its #NationalStressAwarene...
11/03/2021

What are your favorite ways to wind down after a long week or a hard day at the office?

Since its #NationalStressAwarenessDay let us know what you do in the comments below.

Who knows, you might even help someone who is struggling by giving them valuable tools and ideas to manage their stress.

What are your favorite ways to wind down after a long week or a hard day at the office?

Since its #NationalStressAwarenessDay let us know what you do in the comments below.

Who knows, you might even help someone who is struggling by giving them valuable tools and ideas to manage their stress.

"Welcome sweet November, the season of senses and my favorite month of all." Gregory F. Lenz said this and we can take i...
11/02/2021

"Welcome sweet November, the season of senses and my favorite month of all." Gregory F. Lenz said this and we can take it to heart.
Come out to Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens and enjoy the cool weather, falling leaves, fresh air, and make the most out of this new month.

"Welcome sweet November, the season of senses and my favorite month of all." Gregory F. Lenz said this and we can take it to heart.
Come out to Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens and enjoy the cool weather, falling leaves, fresh air, and make the most out of this new month.

Need one more ingredient for your witches brew? How about scrambled egg slime mold? Scrambled egg slime mold (also calle...
10/30/2021

Need one more ingredient for your witches brew?

How about scrambled egg slime mold?

Scrambled egg slime mold (also called dog's vomit slime mold) can be found in the woods along the Anacostia River. It 'bleeds' a mustard like substance and can travel up to an inch a minute while feasting on dead organic matter!

As always, do not take anything from the park except pictures and memories! Happy Halloween weekend!

Need one more ingredient for your witches brew?

How about scrambled egg slime mold?

Scrambled egg slime mold (also called dog's vomit slime mold) can be found in the woods along the Anacostia River. It 'bleeds' a mustard like substance and can travel up to an inch a minute while feasting on dead organic matter!

As always, do not take anything from the park except pictures and memories! Happy Halloween weekend!

Do you love this "spooky" time of year? If so, come to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and look for witches butter. Witches b...
10/29/2021

Do you love this "spooky" time of year?
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f so, come to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and look for witches butter.

Witches butter is a mushroom that grows on dead wood and is jelly-like and brain-ish. It is very gruesome! Come out to see some today!

Do you love this "spooky" time of year?
I
f so, come to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and look for witches butter.

Witches butter is a mushroom that grows on dead wood and is jelly-like and brain-ish. It is very gruesome! Come out to see some today!

How is your witches brew coming? Maybe you should add lizards tail! You can see the lizards tail plant at Kenilworth Aqu...
10/28/2021

How is your witches brew coming?

Maybe you should add lizards tail!

You can see the lizards tail plant at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. The Lizards Tail plant grows in swamps and shallow water. It has a sassafras or citrus aroma.

Come see the Lizards Tail plant and all of the wonders of Kenilworth today!

How is your witches brew coming?

Maybe you should add lizards tail!

You can see the lizards tail plant at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. The Lizards Tail plant grows in swamps and shallow water. It has a sassafras or citrus aroma.

Come see the Lizards Tail plant and all of the wonders of Kenilworth today!

Watershed Wednesday! With Halloween right around the corner, have you made your favorite witches brew? If not, you may w...
10/27/2021

Watershed Wednesday!
With Halloween right around the corner, have you made your favorite witches brew?

If not, you may want to include cattails along with your wool of bat and toe of frog!

Just kidding of course, but you can find cattail plants year round along the marsh at Kenilworth! Their beauty is spellbinding!

Watershed Wednesday!
With Halloween right around the corner, have you made your favorite witches brew?

If not, you may want to include cattails along with your wool of bat and toe of frog!

Just kidding of course, but you can find cattail plants year round along the marsh at Kenilworth! Their beauty is spellbinding!

DC is home to a great many animals including the Eastern Screech-Owl!Mostly, active at night these creatures can be iden...
10/17/2021

DC is home to a great many animals including the Eastern Screech-Owl!
Mostly, active at night these creatures can be identified by their distinctively trilling or whinnying song.
Keep an ear out for their call!

DC is home to a great many animals including the Eastern Screech-Owl!
Mostly, active at night these creatures can be identified by their distinctively trilling or whinnying song.
Keep an ear out for their call!

Barred Owls are some of the more common owls found in the DC area! These creatures primarily eat small rodents, making t...
10/11/2021

Barred Owls are some of the more common owls found in the DC area!
These creatures primarily eat small rodents, making them great neighbors for pest control.

Barred Owls are some of the more common owls found in the DC area!
These creatures primarily eat small rodents, making them great neighbors for pest control.

Here at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens we have over 200 species of birds annually. Many of these birds are migratory and...
10/10/2021

Here at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens we have over 200 species of birds annually. Many of these birds are migratory and some are only in the area for a few days to weeks as they travel through the mid-Atlantic region. On #WorldMigratoryBirdDay come out to the park and see what you can find!

Here at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens we have over 200 species of birds annually. Many of these birds are migratory and some are only in the area for a few days to weeks as they travel through the mid-Atlantic region. On #WorldMigratoryBirdDay come out to the park and see what you can find!

Do you like to sit outside and bask in the warm sun on a chilly day? A lot of Wildlife can be found doing the same thing...
10/07/2021

Do you like to sit outside and bask in the warm sun on a chilly day? A lot of Wildlife can be found doing the same thing. Turtles like to lay on logs, frogs sit on the concrete of our display pools, and even our Beavers like to curl up and take a nap while the sun's rays keep them warm. Have you ever seen a beaver taking a nap or rolling over for their sibling or parent to scratch their back? Our resident beaver family can sometimes be seen in the mornings after a busy night of work and play. Bring your binoculars and keep your eyes peeled. You too may be able to see the busy beaver as he takes a relaxing nap in the beauty of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

Do you like to sit outside and bask in the warm sun on a chilly day? A lot of Wildlife can be found doing the same thing. Turtles like to lay on logs, frogs sit on the concrete of our display pools, and even our Beavers like to curl up and take a nap while the sun's rays keep them warm. Have you ever seen a beaver taking a nap or rolling over for their sibling or parent to scratch their back? Our resident beaver family can sometimes be seen in the mornings after a busy night of work and play. Bring your binoculars and keep your eyes peeled. You too may be able to see the busy beaver as he takes a relaxing nap in the beauty of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

Meet the Little Brown Bat! Not only is it a great description, but it is this creature’s name. Little Brown Bats are com...
10/05/2021

Meet the Little Brown Bat!
Not only is it a great description, but it is this creature’s name.
Little Brown Bats are common throughout North America, can be found throughout Washington DC, and are tiny! They often weigh less than half an ounce and have a wingspan of only 8 to 11 inches!

It is migration Monday! Lots of birds have been on the move this Fall, most of them headed south for the winter. However...
10/04/2021

It is migration Monday!

Lots of birds have been on the move this Fall, most of them headed south for the winter. However, October is a great time to start spotting some common and not so common sparrows.
The photograph is of a white-crowned sparrow. Look at its cool head! The sparrows like to spend their winters here with us and are much easier to see than the migrating warblers as they hang out near the ground and there is less foliage to block your view. Come out to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens today to find some pretty birds and possibly a rare sparrow!

It is migration Monday!

Lots of birds have been on the move this Fall, most of them headed south for the winter. However, October is a great time to start spotting some common and not so common sparrows.
The photograph is of a white-crowned sparrow. Look at its cool head! The sparrows like to spend their winters here with us and are much easier to see than the migrating warblers as they hang out near the ground and there is less foliage to block your view. Come out to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens today to find some pretty birds and possibly a rare sparrow!

Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet? Or that Hummingbird eggs are less than a half inch in size? These a...
10/03/2021

Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet? Or that Hummingbird eggs are less than a half inch in size? These are just two of the incredible creatures that we see here at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens! Did you see any butterflies or hummingbirds in the park this year?

Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet? Or that Hummingbird eggs are less than a half inch in size? These are just two of the incredible creatures that we see here at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens! Did you see any butterflies or hummingbirds in the park this year?

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L.M. Montgomery from Anne of Green Gables. Happy October! With...
10/03/2021

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L.M. Montgomery from Anne of Green Gables.

Happy October! With the weather cooling and leaves beginning to change, it is a great time to get outside and enjoy your local park!

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L.M. Montgomery from Anne of Green Gables.

Happy October! With the weather cooling and leaves beginning to change, it is a great time to get outside and enjoy your local park!

Check out the last lotus bloom of the season at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens!Open every day from 8am to 4pm
09/26/2021

Check out the last lotus bloom of the season at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens!
Open every day from 8am to 4pm

Check out the last lotus bloom of the season at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens!
Open every day from 8am to 4pm

What are your plans for #NationalPublicLandsDay? Will you be visiting your favorite National Park?
09/25/2021

What are your plans for #NationalPublicLandsDay? Will you be visiting your favorite National Park?

What are your plans for #NationalPublicLandsDay? Will you be visiting your favorite National Park?

What are your plans for #NationalPublicLandsDay? Will you be visiting your favorite National Park?
09/25/2021

What are your plans for #NationalPublicLandsDay? Will you be visiting your favorite National Park?

What are your plans for #NationalPublicLandsDay? Will you be visiting your favorite National Park?

Beavers dislike the sound of running water. They will instinctively build dams and clog waterways around their dens wher...
09/24/2021

Beavers dislike the sound of running water. They will instinctively build dams and clog waterways around their dens wherever they hear the noise.

Beavers dislike the sound of running water. They will instinctively build dams and clog waterways around their dens wherever they hear the noise.

Last month we were lucky enough to see some rare birds in Kenilworth Marsh! The tricolored heron, the little blue heron ...
09/19/2021

Last month we were lucky enough to see some rare birds in Kenilworth Marsh! The tricolored heron, the little blue heron and the Rosetta Spoonbill were all spotted in our gardens at one point or another.
Just goes to show that you never know what you can find along the river.

Last month we were lucky enough to see some rare birds in Kenilworth Marsh! The tricolored heron, the little blue heron and the Rosetta Spoonbill were all spotted in our gardens at one point or another.
Just goes to show that you never know what you can find along the river.

Make sure to do your part this weekend as we celebrate #NationalCleanUpDay. You can do something as simple as cleaning u...
09/19/2021

Make sure to do your part this weekend as we celebrate #NationalCleanUpDay. You can do something as simple as cleaning up after yourself and if everyone does it eventually it will make a huge difference.

Make sure to do your part this weekend as we celebrate #NationalCleanUpDay. You can do something as simple as cleaning up after yourself and if everyone does it eventually it will make a huge difference.

Happy Migration Monday! Say goodbye to our monarchs!  The Monarch butterflies head south for the winter. They have been ...
09/13/2021

Happy Migration Monday! Say goodbye to our monarchs! The Monarch butterflies head south for the winter. They have been such a pleasure to see at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens this year! Safe travels to our beautiful friends!

Happy Migration Monday! Say goodbye to our monarchs! The Monarch butterflies head south for the winter. They have been such a pleasure to see at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens this year! Safe travels to our beautiful friends!

The National Park Service is pleased to highlight the 2021Anacostia River BioBlitz! September 16-19Check out the officia...
09/12/2021

The National Park Service is pleased to highlight the 2021Anacostia River BioBlitz!
September 16-19
Check out the official website for exact dates, locations and registration information.

https://www.anacostiaws.org/events-and-recreation/signature-events/anacostia-river-bioblitz.html

The National Park Service is pleased to highlight the 2021Anacostia River BioBlitz!
September 16-19
Check out the official website for exact dates, locations and registration information.

https://www.anacostiaws.org/events-and-recreation/signature-events/anacostia-river-bioblitz.html

Do you have a neighborhood "local legend"? Local legends know everyone and everyone knows them. At Kenilworth one of our...
09/12/2021

Do you have a neighborhood "local legend"?
Local legends know everyone and everyone knows them. At Kenilworth one of our favorite local legends is Clifford.

Clifford can be seen at our park several times a week and is always smiling and greeting everyone around him. He grew up in the neighborhood and has been visiting the park since the early 1960s. He has a tremendous knowledge of park history, events and wildlife. Our local legend Clifford helps make Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens a wonderful neighborhood park with international visitation!

Do you have a neighborhood "local legend"?
Local legends know everyone and everyone knows them. At Kenilworth one of our favorite local legends is Clifford.

Clifford can be seen at our park several times a week and is always smiling and greeting everyone around him. He grew up in the neighborhood and has been visiting the park since the early 1960s. He has a tremendous knowledge of park history, events and wildlife. Our local legend Clifford helps make Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens a wonderful neighborhood park with international visitation!

09/12/2021

How do you honor your grandparents?
Do you celebrate #NationalGrandparentsDay?
Do you do things to honor them?
In the Anacostia Neighborhood many of our local grandparents grew up playing or listening to gogo music and roller skating at Anacostia Park!

Do you love Kenilworth Park? Would you like to be a part of the volunteer corp that keeps it going? Volunteers provide g...
09/12/2021

Do you love Kenilworth Park? Would you like to be a part of the volunteer corp that keeps it going?

Volunteers provide great services to our park. They are organized by the wonderful Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens team. Learn about the organization and sign up to volunteer on their website at kenaqgardens.org One of our volunteers, Tim Ervin, took this magnificent picture!

Do you love Kenilworth Park? Would you like to be a part of the volunteer corp that keeps it going?

Volunteers provide great services to our park. They are organized by the wonderful Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens team. Learn about the organization and sign up to volunteer on their website at kenaqgardens.org One of our volunteers, Tim Ervin, took this magnificent picture!

How have you turned trauma into something good?Today marks 20 years after the trauma of terrorist attacks on 9/11. Becau...
09/11/2021

How have you turned trauma into something good?

Today marks 20 years after the trauma of terrorist attacks on 9/11. Because of that attack and the ensuing war in Afghanistan, thousands have died and millions of people around the world have suffered.

With the final troops leaving Afghanistan just days ago, we invite you to help spread more beauty to remember all the lives lost and trauma experienced.

For the day, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens has art supplies for visitors wishing to build paper lotus flowers to spread that beauty.

How have you turned trauma into something good?

Today marks 20 years after the trauma of terrorist attacks on 9/11. Because of that attack and the ensuing war in Afghanistan, thousands have died and millions of people around the world have suffered.

With the final troops leaving Afghanistan just days ago, we invite you to help spread more beauty to remember all the lives lost and trauma experienced.

For the day, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens has art supplies for visitors wishing to build paper lotus flowers to spread that beauty.

Flowering Friday! Are you looking for a pot of gold? Well our goldenrods are Fall bloomers and they are gorgeous to come...
09/10/2021

Flowering Friday! Are you looking for a pot of gold? Well our goldenrods are Fall bloomers and they are gorgeous to come see along the river trail at Kenilworth Park. Come see them today!

Flowering Friday! Are you looking for a pot of gold? Well our goldenrods are Fall bloomers and they are gorgeous to come see along the river trail at Kenilworth Park. Come see them today!

Address

1550 Anacostia Ave, NE
Washington D.C., DC
20019

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens ( visitor center facilities ) is in northeast Washington, D.C., just south of the Route 50, Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Kenilworth Avenue intersection. The entrance to the Aquatic Gardens is at 1550 Anacostia Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20019. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Gates will lock and Close Promptly at 5 p.m.The entrance to Kenilworth Athletic Fields (active recreation area) is located at the westernmost end of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, N.E. It is approximately 0.5 mile south of the Aquatic Gardens entrance. There are no facilities at the site. Coming by auto: Take Route 295 southbound if you are coming from north of Route 50 or Route 50, to the Eastern Avenue Exit. Go straight up the ramp to the second street on the right, Douglas Street. Make a right onto Douglas Street. At the end of Douglas Street, make another right onto Anacostia Avenue to get to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Go left to get to Kenilworth Recreation Park.If you are coming from south of Route 50, take Route 295 north to the Burroughs Street Exit. At the bottom of the ramp go left. Go straight to Kenilworth Recreation Park. To get to Aquatic Gardens, go to the right of the athletic field entrance to follow Lee Street to 40th around a curve to Anacostia Avenue. Pass a handball court and wooded area to the gardens. An alternate to the Aquatic Gardens is to continue north on Route 295 to the Eastern Avenue Exit. Make a U turn to the left at the light at the top of the ramp and go down two streets to Douglas Street. Make a right on Douglas. At the end of Douglas make a right on Anacostia and continue a block and a half to the park on the left. Coming by Metro: For the Aquatic Gardens, exit the Deanwood Stop on the Orange Line, lower Polk Street Exit. Take the pedestrian overpass across Kenilworth Avenue and go left on Douglas Street. Go right on Anacostia Avenue and enter any open gate on your left. For Kenilworth Park exit the Minnesota Avenue Stop, go left on Minnesota Avenue to Nannie Helen Burroughs and go left to the athletic fields. Coming by canoe:Visitors coming by canoe should be aware that the marsh loses 90% of its water at low tide. Anacostia Watershed Society has a trail guide at http://www.anacostiaws.org/images/maps/AnacostiaRiverWaterTrailGuide.pdf Coming by bike: There are a growing number of bike trails near the park. For more information and a map go to http://bikewashington.org/trails/For further information, you may contact a Park Ranger at the site by telephone at 202-426-6905.

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Saw these berries during a walk at Kenilworth Gardens. They couldn't have been more red. And beautiful. Does anyone know what they are?
Next stop Fe Fisher Jeff Peterson
Is the park open?
Any word on when The Gardens will open?
Gorgeous !
An amazing water lily!
Why is it that in some ponds all the lotus seed pods face the same direction. But in the next one they are either haphazard or facing a different direction?
Beautiful day to spend at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens! Here is one of the better pictures I captured....
The purity of the body, speech , and mind...Lotus said it all!
When is this year's Lily & Lotus Festival? Your website still has last year's info.
Spent the morning at Kenilworth.
A must see garden!