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Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

Open today: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Lotus Heaven...Rather a Lily Heaven since we went a bit after the season...

We visited this park in Early August and missed the Lotus season by a couple of weeks. There were... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Nari K
Gainesville, Virginia
Lotus Heaven!

This place mesmorized me. I visited during the peak bloom of the lotus flowers and it was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lorrane C
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National Park Service, 1900 Anacostia Drive, SE, Washington DC, DC 20020
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited this park in Early August and missed the Lotus season by a couple of weeks. There were still some Lotuses in late blooming condition and many water lilies. Lovely park with lovely history!! Hidden in plain view in the South Eastern part of...More

Thank Nari K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place mesmorized me. I visited during the peak bloom of the lotus flowers and it was absolutely gorgeous. There are lilly pads and lotus everywhere. It is part of National Park Services and during the summer there are festivals and fun activities. Entrance is...More

3  Thank Lorrane C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Diametrically across NW from the Potomac is Kenilworth on the Anacostia. The festival ran yesterday and today. Yesterday was probably a washout from the rain. 10am today was the perfect time to visit. Beautiful display of lotus flowers in mini fields. I arrived in flip...More

1  Thank hemantphd
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Yes, another over the top review of Kenilworth Park yet it is really true--this is an amazing display of water lilies and lotus blooms. The ranger tour is really the best way to go as the park comes into focus with their excellent presentations. Is...More

1  Thank joshaurora
Reviewed 16 July 2018

If you only go once, go during the peak bloom of the lotus flowers in July. It is amazing! Surprisingly, the part is completely free. We went on a ranger lead tour & it was VERY informative. The lotus flowers are breathtaking. Go early, as...More

2  Thank ddallas1969
Reviewed 16 July 2018

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens is park of the National Park Service. It is a fantastic place to spend a hour or two looking at the lotus and water lilies. You can also look at other plants but the above two are spectacular in July...More

1  Thank esopus35
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Now this time, I hit the beginning and the peak of the lotus. A great place to enjoy outdoor and water garden. Early to follow the bloom via website and avoid the opening of the opening of the event. Best time to go is mid-week...More

Thank Prawet J
Reviewed 11 July 2018

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC is a great “find” and is the only National Park dedicated to waterlilies, lotus plants and other aquatic plants. The park is located on a bank of the Anacostia River and offers a welcome respite from the...More

1  Thank ITRT
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Once inside the gates of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, you'll feel a world removed from Washington, D.C., with only the distant hum of traffic and the occasional glimpse of a building top to distract you. But be warned: Those gates are high chain-link fences...More

Thank AlpinerHut
Reviewed 23 September 2017

We hired bikes and rode up the East River Trail to visit these wonderful gardens. Search out the 'paddi fields' with the lotus lillies - the pink flowers and the unique seed pods are stunning.

1  Thank thedeberrys
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27 February 2016|
Response from Samantha M |
The park is open year round, except Christmas Day and a couple of other holidays.