From Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech to Forrest Gump reuniting with Jenny in the water the Reflecting Pool has seen many historical & cultural events. The Reflecting Pool is about 2,029 feet long and runs between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.
If you are visiting DC I would recommend stopping by the reflecting pool in the middle of the night or for sunrise. You feel a great level of tranquility when visiting the pool during these times since it’s often empty. Just sitting on the steps and seeing the Washington Monument lit up at night or watching sunrise over the pool is well worth the visit.
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I have traveled to the Reflecting Pool countless times, here are some of my favorite photos from the Reflecting Pool.Reflecting Pool on Google Maps
Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Pictures
Here are my Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool pictures from my many years of shooting the area.
Getting to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
If you’re planning a trip to the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool there a few options to get there.
Metro: Taking the metro is typically the best way to get around DC and if you are visiting the Reflecting Pool there are two stops that are close. The closest stops are Smithsonian (on the Mall), Foggy Bottom, and Arlington Cemetery.
Parking: If you are going drive parking can be tight, especially at peak times. There is public street parking along Constitution Avenue, Pkwy Dr NW and Ohio Dr SW. Just be sure to read the signs since some of these areas are restricted parking during rush hour.
Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool?
The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is a large rectangular pool located in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. It serves as a prominent feature and a popular attraction on the National Mall.
When was the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool built?
The pool was built between 1922 and 1923 as part of a major renovation of the National Mall.
How deep is the Reflecting Pool?
The Reflecting Pool is surprisingly shallow, it is about 30 inches deep in the middle while the edges are about 18 inches deep. Since it is so shallow it might be appealing to put your feet it but the water is often very dirty and entering the pool isn’t allowed.
How long is the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool?
The Reflecting Pool at the Lincoln Memorial is approximately 2,028 feet long, making it one of the largest reflecting pools in the world.
Why was the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool built?
The pool was constructed as part of the overall design plan for the National Mall and was intended to provide a serene and visually appealing reflection of the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
Can people swim in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool?
No, swimming is not allowed in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. It is primarily meant for visitors to admire and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.
Is the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool open year-round?
Yes, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is open to the public year-round. However, during the winter months, it may be drained and undergo maintenance.
Are there any events held at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool?
Yes, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool has been the site of various historic events and gatherings, including the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963.
Is the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool illuminated at night?
No, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is not illuminated at night, the surrounding area with the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument provide ample light though to see the Reflecting Pool.
Is the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool accessible to people with disabilities?
Yes, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool (and Lincoln Memorial) has accessibility features, including ramps and designated parking spaces for individuals with disabilities.
Is the Reflection Pool part of the Lincoln Memorial?
How often is the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool drained?
The Reflecting Pool at the Lincoln Memorial is drained about once a year for cleaning. This typically occurs through winter to early spring and is typically drained for about a week. This is good to keep in mind if you are planning a trip.
I hope you enjoyed my mini guide to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. You can learn more about the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on its official site. If you want to see more stunning sights around DC I recommend reading my list of Washington DC photo spots.