On Sunday afternoon, after a picnic, baseball game and fireworks earlier in the weekend, I stopped by the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on my way-ish home from church. What a beautiful day- in the 80s but not too humid!
In the 1880s, a man bought this land and with his family, cultivated many varieties of water lilies. In the early 20th century, the Army Corps of Engineers was going to take the land as part of dredging the Anacostia River, but Congress bought the land and surrounding wetland area and turned it into a national park.
Today, it’s free and open to the public with two trails. One is a boardwalk that goes out into the marsh/wetland area, and the other goes along the Anacostia river. There are also many pools of water lilies, turtles, frogs, dragonflies, and birds. On the brochure it even said that due to the high number of dragonflies, you are more likely to get a mosquito bite in your neighborhood (around DC) than at the gardens. Fantastic way to spend some time on a nice afternoon.