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Theodore Roosevelt Island Park

George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington, VA 22211
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Ranked #15 of 36 Attractions in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Parks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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Oxford, Mississippi
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This island in the middle of the Potomac River is accessible by a foot bridge from Rosslyn Virginia (not far from Rosslyn Metro station). The island is a lovely park with several nature trails. Very few tourists go here, and it seems to be visited mostly by the local residents. It is worth a visit and provides an urban escape.

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Spring, Texas, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Went on a walk with our family of five. We took the walk around the perimeter of the island and enjoyed the view of the Potomac River. We saw lots of birds and beautiful nature. My kids had a good time.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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189 reviews 189 reviews
49 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is in many ways the best memorial because it incorporates a beautiful water/forest minihike. Since the entrance is near Rosslyn (about a 6 min walk from the metro), the park gets few tourists, and more in-the-know locals enjoying the views and the stroll. Part of the circuit is a boardwalk, the rest is dirt paths. The memorial is in... More

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Shoreview, Minnesota
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We got off the metro at Rosslyn and walked a bit, but well worth the trip. The park is literally an island in the Potamac with great trails. The memorial of Teddy Roosevelt is worth viewing. We could have spent more time in the park.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This island, which is accessed from the George Washington Parkway in Virginia, is actually part of Washington, D.C. It has several short, flat nature trails from which to explore the island. On the day that I was there, I joined a tour with one of the rangers and learned a bit of the island's history. Afterwards, I walked around the... More

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South Carolina
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124 reviews 124 reviews
60 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I had heard that this is a great place to avoid crowds, which seemed odd since it's barely a half-mile from the Lincoln Memorial. Since we needed to eat, we took the metro to the Rosslyn stop and went to Chipotle. Then we asked locals about the island and none could tell us how to get to it. They would... More

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Osceola, Indiana
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116 reviews 116 reviews
26 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

After several years of annual visits to DC and many of the memorials this was my first visit to this Teddy Roosevelt park. It's out of the way for tourists - more of a park than a memorial - for the locals to use for walking, running and exercise classes. But I'm glad I went and now can say I've... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Love it, nice to get away from the manicured beauty of the national mall. A statue in a little bit of wilderness. Nice place for a walk and a picnic. Enjoy the view of the river.

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Alexandria, VA
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434 reviews 434 reviews
203 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This is a beautiful oasis to escape from the hustle of Washington. Set on a 88+ acre island right across from the Kennedy Center, it is a hidden gem. A giant statue fof President Roosevelt with four large tableaus featuring quotes from his speeches on Nature, Manhood, Youth and The State dwarfs the observer. You will feel that enormous presence... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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368 reviews 368 reviews
157 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

So see the Teddy Roosevelt statue you park on the bank of the river and then cross a bridge to the island. The island itself seemed to have an extensive path system, which would be perfect for going for a run or hike. The Memorial to TR is very large and worth at least seeing once (to add to the... More

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