Directions

By Metro

Take the Orange Line to the Deanwood Station. Take the Polk Street exit (to your left) and follow Polk to the pedestrian bridge. Cross over 295 and turn left on to Douglas Street, then proceed 2 blocks to Anacostia Avenue (you'll see the big brown NPS sign guiding you to the Aquatic Gardens). Turn right on Anacostia Ave and walk 50 yards to the park entrance on your left. The walk from the Deanwood Station to the park takes approximately 12 minutes.

By Car

  1. From downtown DC:
    Follow Pennsylvania Avenue east across the Sousa bridge. Stay in the left lane and take the first left hand turn after the bridge to enter 295 northbound. Stay to your right and follow 295 to the Nannie Helen Burroughs exit. At the bottom of the off ramp for Nannie Helen Burroughs turn left underneath the highway and railroad overpass. Proceed through the four way intersection and bear right onto Lee Street. After 300 yards Lee Street takes a sharp right turn and becomes Anacostia Avenue. Follow Anacostia for about a ½ mile past the recreation center (on your left) and look for the park entrance on your left.
  2. New York Avenue (from downtown DC):
    Follow New York Avenue (Route 50) east across the Anacostia River. Take the exit for Route 295/Kenilworth Avenue south. As you approach the DC/Maryland line look for the brown Park Service signs marking the right hand exit (which comes up very quickly) to Douglas Street. From the service road turn right onto Douglas and follow that road until it dead ends on Anacostia Avenue. Turn right onto Anacostia Ave and then left into the park.
  3. From Northern Virginia:
    Take 395 across the Potomac River into D.C. Follow 395 (A.K.A. the Southeast/Southwest or Eisenhower Freeway) east to Pennsylvania Avenue and Sousa Bridge. Follow Pennsylvania Avenue east across the Sousa Bridge. Stay in the left lane and take the first left hand turn after the bridge to enter 295 northbound. Stay to your right and follow 295 to the Nannie Helen Burroughs exit. At the bottom of the off ramp for Nannie Helen Burroughs turn left underneath the highway and railroad overpass. Proceed through the four-way intersection and bear right onto Lee Street. Lee becomes Anacostia Avenue, which leads to the park (about a ½ mile past the recreation center). The entrance will be on your left.

By Bike

There is a growing number of bike trails available near the park (and soon the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail will go through the park!). Please check here for maps and biking directions. 

By Canoe

Visitors coming by canoe should be aware that the marsh loses 90% of its water at low tide. A water trail guide for the Anacostia River can be found here.