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Visitors can enjoy walking around and among the main lily and lotus ponds. In addition, the park has a gorgeous boardwalk that allows visitors to explore the marsh and wetland ecosystem without damaging the native plants and wildlife. The main paths around the ponds and the boardwalk are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Visitors can extend their journey via the Anacostia River Trail, accessible from the park and take advantage of the nearly 20 miles of paved trails suitable for walking and bicycling along the east bank of the Anacostia River.

Cyclists and hikers on the Anacostia River Trail can find the entrance to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens at Beaverdam Creek, near the Washington, DC-Maryland border. Restrooms and a water-bottle refill station are located near the visitors center. Please remember to walk your bike inside the park or use the provided bike racks. The tidal marshes can also be explored by kayak or canoe at high tide.

We encourage you to share your photos from the trails at Kenilworth. Please tag @kenaqgardens on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and use #dclilyponds #bikedc #hikedc and #findyourpark.

Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local officials in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, including the visitor center, gardens & park grounds, is closed until further notice.Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.
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