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Theodore Roosevelt Island Park

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Address: George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington, VA 22211
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+1 703-289-2500
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

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've spent a little time in DC, but I've never even heard of anyone visiting this tucked-away spot. It's a pretty nice location. It has a decent little trail network and a nice... read more

Reviewed February 23, 2017
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Theodore Roosevelt Island is one of the small two islands on the Potomac river near downtown Washington D.C. Unlike the Columbia Island which has a Marina and a parkway through it, the Roosevelt Island is a small wooded island with walking and jogging trails. There are two trails, the upper one is on the top of the hill and... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fun, flat easy hike/walk from the Mount Vernon Trail and/or Key Bridge. The statues are lovely and the quotes chosen for the memorial are moving. Definitely hop over here if it's a beautiful day and you're looking for a little something that's off the beaten path (read: Mall).

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Frederikssund, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would give this tiny little oasis a fourth dot if it was not for the place being directly underneath the flight path to Reagan Airport. So: Every 90 seconds or so you get a close look to and a thundering roar from 737's and A319's. The island isn't much but it a green spot in the middle of the... More 

Thank Morten A
Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed March 13, 2017

A surprise to find this peaceful spot so close to DC. Parking may be a challenge so get there early. An easy, flat hiking trail so you can bring young kids.

Thank Donna V
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Reviewed March 8, 2017

Lovely place to enjoy the peace and serenity of nature just minutes from DC. Trails are mostly shaded through the woods, some go down to the water's edge and some are on boardwalks crossing over a marsh area. Relatively flat, easy trails. Upon arriving on the island there is a memorial to Theodore Roosevelt. Free parking right next to island,... More 

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Reviewed February 26, 2017

The very loud noise from the frequent (every couple of minutes) airplanes flying over on their approach to nearby National Airport totally ruined what is meant to be a peaceful sanctuary and homage to nature. We could not hear each other speak, and by the end of the walk, I had a headache! Bring your earplugs...

Thank Ronald B
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed February 23, 2017

I've spent a little time in DC, but I've never even heard of anyone visiting this tucked-away spot. It's a pretty nice location. It has a decent little trail network and a nice memorial to Teddy Roosevelt. You can combine it w/ a longer trek along the bike path along Arlington.

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Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

I really was glad that I walked this far (6 miles one way). The tribute to Roosevelt is touching even when there isn't water. The walk around the island was interesting from a historical standpoint and a bit telling how off the beaten path this fitting monument is. Swamps cover much of the isle and while in winter that's not... More 

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Reviewed February 16, 2017

One of my favorite spots to go for a quick walk and it's rarely crowded. It's also a nice place to watch the sun set, look out over the Potomac, and get a different view of D.C.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2017

Hard to get to. You must go north from the 14th Street Bridge onto the GW Parkway. Just after you go under Memorial Bridge the park will be on the right. You must get across the merging traffic from the Memorial Bridge. After you leave the park be sure to merge and get into the left hand lane, if you... More 

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