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Theodore Roosevelt Island Park

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Address: George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington, VA 22211
Phone Number: 703/289-2500
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Theodore Roosevelt Island is an 88.5 acre island in the Potomac River. It...
Theodore Roosevelt Island is an 88.5 acre island in the Potomac River. It is maintained as a National Park and has various walking trails
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I walked here from Rosslyn. If you do likewise then make sure you turn right before getting onto the bridge - I don't know quite where I thought I was going! And watch out for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Woking, England
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Woking, England
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113 reviews 113 reviews
49 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I walked here from Rosslyn. If you do likewise then make sure you turn right before getting onto the bridge - I don't know quite where I thought I was going! And watch out for the bicycles. The island was peaceful but there were enough joggers and dog walkers around for it to feel very safe. The memorial is fairly... More 

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Massachusetts
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

For the man who instituted our National Park System, this small, relatively untouched island is a fitting tribute. On our trip, the water feature of the constructed memorial was not running and did make the park feel neglected, but the paths meandering through the rest of the island were gorgeous. This park is also not well attended and is a... More 

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Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

It's a shame, nice park to the person who gave us the park system, but up keep not. Government need to pay more attention and detail to this one.

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Arlington, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I've been here on hikes with my kids and with a Webelos pack. Easy in and out from the GW Parkway (going south to north entering and exiting the parking lot) so long as you can find a parking space. You can spend an hour or so tromping around. Deep into the island you visit the statues or go on... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado
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83 reviews 83 reviews
34 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The Roosevelt Island Memorial is a verdant oasis in the heart of Washington DC. Located on an island in the middle of the Potomac River that is accessible by a footbridge from the Northbound George Washington Parkway. It is frequented by local hikers, joggers, fishermen and families, but relatively few out of town visitors. The island has a diverse topography... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Trees, grass, paths. Finally, an abyss. Teddy Roosevelt's statue stares down at you and is foiled by the rustic environment. "Serene" is the first word that comes to mind to describe this place. Bathrooms aren't great, but they're functioning. Great for dates, family outings, or showing out of town visitors.

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Potomac, Maryland
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96 reviews 96 reviews
28 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We had a wonderful summer visit to this island/park and look forward to our next visit when in the area. Parking was a bit crowded the day we went but guess we had to expect that considering it was a gorgeous, weekend day. However we waited a few minutes and got a spot. Many different path options on the island,... More 

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Fort Myers
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105 reviews 105 reviews
27 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice paths, somewhat unsafe with NO police visability, pretty in spring and fall. Quiet place to go hide for awhile and be alone.

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Arlington, Virginia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We took our extended family to hike around the island and really enjoyed it. While the statue area of Roosevelt is nice, we enjoyed the swamp trail the best. It was fun hiking along the raised path and near the end climbing along the rocks next to the Potomac with nice views of Georgetown.

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Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

As so many others have noted, this is a true 'hidden gem here in the DC/Northern Virginia area! Suspect most 'locals' don't even know about this site ... unless they drive by it or use the bike trail that passes nearby. There's (usually) plenty of parking available - exceptions being on beautiful, warm spring & summer weekends. Know that you'll... More 

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