Party Earth Review Nestled between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel – and separated from West Potomac Park by the iconic Jefferson Memorial – East Potomac Park is a 381-acre expanse of recreational facilities where the young... ... read full review
Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024
Blue, Orange Lines: Smithsonian
Golf course: 202-554-7660
Potomac Grille: 202-554-7660
Swimming Pool: 202-727-6523
Tennis Center: 202-554-5962
Park: daily dawn till dusk
Venue hours vary throughout year
Southwest Waterfront, Washington, DC –
Nestled between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel – and separated from West Potomac Park by the iconic Jefferson Memorial – East Potomac Park is a 381-acre expanse of recreational facilities where the young and young at heart come to play.
Along its paved six-mile loop, lined with more than a thousand cherry trees, serious cyclists in head-to-toe spandex speed past casual joggers and a shoreline trail dotted with fishermen.
Hains Point, at the park’s southernmost tip, fills with in-line skaters taking a break from their own wheeled mayhem, while sunbathers and lively groups with picnic baskets toss Frisbees on the grass and watch planes take off from Regan National Airport across the river.
Toward the other side of the park, an echo of grunts and thwacks rises from the twenty-four tennis courts, the sounds mixing with booming yells of “Fore!” from players on the three golf courses, or with the screams of happy revelers in the nearby public pool.
Less serious athletes and families find good times and plenty of shade at an adjacent putt-putt course, or just stop in at the Potomac Grille near the pro shop for some cafeteria-style American fare.
An easy escape from the bustling city scene – and with a huge variety of outdoor fun – East Potomac Park should be on everyone’s mini-getaway list.
Weekend warriors, serious athletes, casual fishermen, picnickers, and families. All ages.
Nearly six miles of waterfront trails. One eighteen-hole golf courses, two nine-hole courses, driving range, and miniature golf course. Twenty-four indoor and outdoor tennis courts. Olympic-size pool. Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, usually in late March. Free barbecue grills.
Potomac Grille (972 Ohio Drive SW), located between the golf pro shop and the pool, serves standard American fare including burgers and fries. Small snack booth by the miniature golf course.
Grille menu $3–$9. Golf $10–$30. Tennis $12–$20/hour. Free parking lots and free parking along Ohio Drive.
Anything goes: sponsored spandex riding gear to bathing suits and sun dresses.
Warm weekend afternoons for the largest crowds. Reservations are highly recommended to guarantee a spot on the tennis courts or golf courses, though weekday afternoons before 5pm are a good bet in a pinch.
Tidal Basin Paddle Boats (1501 Maine Avenue SW) provide a unique view of the Jefferson and FDR memorials from the water.