East Potomac Park

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East Potomac Park 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... Washington, DC United States 38.8733888 -77.0290995
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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

  • Metro:

    Blue, Orange Lines: Smithsonian

  • Phone:

    Golf course: 202-554-7660
    Potomac Grille: 202-554-7660
    Swimming Pool: 202-727-6523
    Tennis Center: 202-554-5962

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  • Hours:

    Park: daily dawn till dusk
    Venue hours vary throughout year

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth East Potomac Park Review

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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...

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.

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Tip from Emma:

If you only have one chance to check out East Potomac, come here during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival . Hains Point has arguably the best views. Since the dates are based on the trees’ schedule, call the festival hotline at (877) 44BLOOM for up-to-date information.

  • Crowd

    Weekend warriors, serious athletes, casual fishermen, picnickers, and families. All ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    Grille menu $3–$9. Golf $10–$30. Tennis $12–$20/hour. Free parking lots and free parking along Ohio Drive.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: sponsored spandex riding gear to bathing suits and sun dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    Tidal Basin Paddle Boats (1501 Maine Avenue SW) provide a unique view of the Jefferson and FDR memorials from the water.

East Potomac Park User Reviews

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Oldest Mini Golf Course
Anthony C. Feb 19, 2013
The mini golf course cannot compete with Putt-Putt and any newer establishment, but how many people can boast they played on the nation's oldest course. I had already got a hole-in-one at the U.S. longest hole in Arlington. The other big bonus to the course is it is one of the few D.C. locales with easy, plentiful free parking. I played on a warmer October day near the end of the season and had the place mostly to myself.
awesome park!!
Elyse H. Dec 12, 2012
I love lots of parks and green space, so this park is absolutely perfect for me! I can come here and just spend hours sitting and looking at the river. The Jefferson Memorial is so beautiful, it looks like it’s floating in the water from certain angles! It’s so easy to come here and spend the whole afternoon reading a book. When the cherry blossoms blossom, it’s just the most beautiful thing. It’s like walking through a dream park! The Cherry Blossom Festival is one of my favorite times of year for that exact reason. It’s soooo gorgeous! Watching the planes from the airport is really cool too!!
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