Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, a Hidden Gem in the City

Time flies even when you stay home and can’t go anywhere. As much as I love traveling (isn’t this blog all about?) I will refrain from flying right now. Not that flying isn’t safe, but it’s the right thing to do — less exposure and more social distance can save lives!

So what do I do while not traveling? Well, if you live in the D.C. metro area, there are quite a few places to visit while you can still practice social distancing. Unfortunately, the museums are closed, including the U.S. Botanic Garden — one of my favorite places to visit in the summer!

In the late summer, I discovered an outdoor place in D.C. called Kenilworth Aquatic Garden by accident after a few friends posted some photos there. The garden is located in the North-East part of the city and it currently opens from 8 AM to 4 AM with limited capacity.

When Kevy was in town visiting from Seattle, we actually went there early in the morning. We got there around 9 AM and there were plenty of parking spots, though it quickly filled up after.

According to their official website, which is part of the National Park Service, there are things to do including hiking, birding, photography, painting, and more within the confines of Kenilworth’s historical landscape.

There are also many opportunities for learning about culture, history, nature, and anything related to education. You can even volunteer to support the park — love it!

But let’s be honest here. I love nature, no doubt. But the reason I visited the park is to see the famous lotus! They were really amazing — I’m not lying. It was totally Instagram-worthy in my opinion, and best of all, it’s free!


I really enjoyed the garden. The “exhibition” was outstanding. After staying local for nearly a year, I started realizing there are many places to go around where I live. In the next installment, I’m going to review more places such as Brookside Gardens in Maryland, Shenandoah National Park, and the Great Falls. Stay tuned!

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