Just a mere 20 minutes from the White House, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a one-of-a-kind destination within Anacostia Park and a hidden gem in Washington, DC. It is the only national park site devoted to cultivated water-loving plants, and features over 45 ponds filled with a variety of water lilies and lotus, an elevated boardwalk through the surrounding tidal marshes, and access to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.
Nestled on the Eastern bank of the Anacostia River, Kenilworth has a rich and varied natural and cultural history. From the Nacotchtank Indians to Colonial settlers to contemporary African American communities, the area around Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens has been home to people for more than 4,000 years.
The images below are from the summer lotus and lily blossoms, which are at peak bloom in July.