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Parks and Gardens

Parks and Gardens of Washington, D.C.

National Arboretum
National Arboretum

3501 New York Avenue, NE

Originally designed in 1927 as an experimental plant life center, the 446 acres that now make up the National Arboretum provide a beautiful, educational environment.


Constitution Gardens
credit: Senate Photography Studio
Constitution Gardens

17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

This 50-acre park featuring a 6-acre lake, a landscaped island, walks, bike paths, picnic areas, and more than 2,500 shade trees is a legacy to the founding of the republic and an oasis in the middle of the bustling National Mall.


Theodore Roosevelt Island Memorial
Theodore Roosevelt Island

In the Potomac River, George Washington Parkway

The island park memorial to our 26th president, an ardent conservationist, offers two and a half miles of trails, nature tours, and the Roosevelt Memorial statue.



Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
The Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

1550 Anacostia Avenue, NE

This park is the only National Park Service site devoted to the propagation and display of aquatic plants. The parks cover 700 acres including 11 acres of pond which feature giant water lilies that close in the heat of the day. Morning visits are suggested.


Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Gardens
credit: Senate Photography Studio
Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Gardens

1703 32nd Street, NW

Sixteen acres of formal gardens, terraces, and reflecting pools surround this 18th-century mansion.  The Dumbarton House is furnished in authentic period pieces.  

Admission is charged, and tours must be arranged in advance.


C&O Canal - Georgetown to Cumberland, Maryland
C&O Canal

Parallels the Potomac River from Georgetown to Cumberland, Maryland

1057 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW (Visitor Center)

Built under George Washington’s direction in the 1700's, the 184-mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal “opened up the western territory” to colonial influence and commerce. The canal towpath, where horses once pulled barges up and down the tranquil stream, is now a unique trail for hiking, biking, and leisurely strolls. The canal was recently dedicated to the late Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.




The Smithsonian Institution provides visitors to Washington with culture, history, and heritage with museums, events, and festivals.  Visit their Web site for more information.  (this will take you outside senate.gov)


DC Heritage

The D.C. Heritage Tourism Coaltion is dedicated to showcasing the cultural attractions and special events in Washington to visitors from across the globe.  Go to their site for more information (this will take you outside www.senate.gov).



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