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Theodore Roosevelt Island Park

Address: George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington, VA 22211
Phone Number: 703/289-2500
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Ranked #9 of 26 Attractions in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Nature & Parks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Theodore Roosevelt Island is an 88.5 acre island in the Potomac River. It is maintained as a...
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Type: Islands, Nature & Parks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Alexandria, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

Teddy Roosevelt Island Park is a conservation zone located in the middle of the Potomac river between Arlington and DC. Accessible only from the George Washington Parkway (Northbound), this park contains miles of hiking/biking/walking trails and a monument to the Rough Rider himself. I've lived in the DC metropolitan area most of my life, and having JUST visited the island... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I have been to DC on numerous occasions but I never visited the island before. My wife and I decided to do something different and go see Teddy on his island. We walked from the Rosslyn Metro station and it only took about 20 minutes. We crossed the Potomac on foot and explored the island and were impressed with the... More 

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Schaghticoke, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Great running path, very secluded, and yet spectacular. True to the nature of this president, we located it on a map, and not one cab driver knew how to drive us there. It really is a great little spot, esp if you're dog people. Doggie doody bags, picnic area and a truly unique tribute to Teddy. Very close to Arlington... More 

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Bohemia, New York, Usa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Easy to get to from Metro or car. Great walk. Watch the path if you are coming from Rosslyn (metro area), make sure you take the black top path directly adjacent to the hwy.....otherwise you enter the wooded area below and some persons hiding in the bushes (homeless? unsavory waiting to pounce? who knows....stick to trail and not find out).... More 

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Asheville,NC
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108 reviews 108 reviews
34 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

What a wonderful place this is--so much variety and so very peaceful. It is one of the DC area Kids in Parks Track Trails and would be a very educational field excursion for young people who would see TDR's conservation philosophy in real vs in a book. The walk around the park is a good leg stretcher since the terrain... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Theodore Roosevelt Island is in Washington DC, but accessed from Virginia. The island is a 3/4-mile walk from the Rosslyn metro station, first to the parking lot and across the Potomac on a footbridge. The park was created in 1932 as a living memorial to the 26th president, a pioneering conservationist. The memorial plaza, surrounded by forest, features a statue... More 

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Nice park with walking trails lead you to a hidden treasure. A beautiful statue surrounded with inspirational quotations and lovely water features (empty when I was there) pink granite marble benches. Lovely memorial to Roosevelt great place to walk the dog.

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Boulder, Colorado
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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It's a beautiful place - an island in the Potomac in the midst of the nation's capital. It's peaceful, with marsh and forest and a big statue of Teddy in the middle that's not all that easily found. Great place to walk with kids or dogs; to jog; to picnic; to find, as TR found, a little peace from nature... More 

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Buenos Aires
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72 reviews 72 reviews
20 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We stayed 3 days in D.C. and were told this was a hidden gem. It is a nice island with some good views of Georgetown and the Roosevelt memorial which is standard compared to the other D.C. has to offer. The island has nice trails. It was hard to find parking and actually get there (there is some parking nearby... More 

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