Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, Washington DC

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Kenilworth Park & 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 west 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.
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  • It's best to visit this garden early in the day, before the lilies start to close due to the summer heat. The variety presented is phenomenal, from super-size blossoms the size of a child's head to sm...  more »
  • Looks like someone dug ponds in an polluted marsh that use to be a dump/ land fill. Don't be there at dusk.  more »
  • Kenilworth Aquatic Garden is amazing, but I was warned by someone from that general area that the surrounding neighborhood was awful and he was right. It is a little harrowing and sad to drive through...  more »