Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Lotus Bloom at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington DC

Summer is a great time to visit the Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. The gardens are located just off Kenilworth Avenue in Northeast DC. It’s just a short drive from downtown, so prepare to drive or take an Uber.

Additionally the gardens are easily accessible by bike via the Anacostia River Trail.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Lotus Flower Inside
Blooming lotus flower at Kenilworth Gardens

You’ll see plenty of insects and wildlife, including dragonflies, turtles, herons and ducks. The gardens contain over 30 acres of ponds and wetlands.

The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens are free to visit year-round, just be sure to get there early; on busy days the parking lot fills up quickly.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on Google Maps

When is Best Time to Visit Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens?

The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens are famous for their Lotus flowers which usually reach peak bloom for two weeks in mid-July. This makes summer the best time to visit Kenilworth Aquatic.


Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Wooden Walkway
Wooden walkway through the marsh at Kenilworth Gardens

In addition to the main lotus ponds you’ll also find a short wooden walking path over the marsh. This is a great spot for bird watching as well so be sure to bring binoculars if you have them.


Photos of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in DC

Here are all of my photos from my trips to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Pack a macro lens for your camera if you have one! There are plenty of close up photos you can get of the lotus bloom and the insects that land on them.


For more information about Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens check out their official website and Yelp page.


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1 comment on “Lotus Bloom at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington DC”

  1. So much beauty comes through in your photos. I love nature photography and wildflowers. Actually all flowers, and your post just blew me away with what you were able to bring to life. It is like I am there looking at them. Great job, my favorite due to my interests. Keep inspiring us all with your great photos. Wish you could photograph my gardens. Over 30 different varieties of flowers, wildflowers and it is now Mushroom Land in the woods. Keep inspiring us all with your great photos.

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