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Awesome park with views of DC, a boat launch, and acres of greenspace to toss a ball, play some... read more

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This is a great outdoor place to tske the kids, or go solo if you to enjoy some sun and watch the... read more

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George Washington Parkway, Arlington, VA 22202
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome park with views of DC, a boat launch, and acres of greenspace to toss a ball, play some football, whatever. The best thing about this park is that it’s just north of the runway at DCA. When the winds are out of the south,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great outdoor place to tske the kids, or go solo if you to enjoy some sun and watch the planes arruve and depart from National. The planes fly so close over your head that you can almost see the captain; it is...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed December 19, 2018

A great place to take kids or spend an lunch hour picnic watching aircraft land at DCA. Open fields, ample parking, with the Potomac river rolling by. There are porta-potties.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

True, the largest aircraft you'll see here is a B 757 but it's still a rush to have planes landing right over your head. While you're welcome to go on days when the pattern is for aircraft to take off over Gravelly Point (aka Airport...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

I experienced this site in 1984 when a friend took me and my girlfriend here. Ever since then I have continued to search for a similar experience to show my wife and kids. Nothing comes close as these planes do before hitting the runway. I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank John M
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Gravelly Point is a nice sized park on the Virginia side of the Potomac River. In addition to rugby and soccer games on the field, there is ample space for picnicking, running around, sunbathing, and most exciting of all: plane spotting! You can sit here...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank dpl1975
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Clearly this is one of my most favorite places to watch airplanes landing and taking off. Personally, I prefer when the landing is over Gravelly point. Literally, the aircraft flies about 30-40 ft over your head just before it lands at national airport. There is...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank arkalgud
Reviewed August 21, 2018

Gravelly Point is the place in DC to catch a view of the planes taking off in DC. It's easy to get to off of GW parkway. I often stop by here when I'm running on the Mt. Vernon trail for a few minutes. You...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JM21237
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Nice large space to look for planes landing and take off from Ronald Regan airport. Huge space for parking , great for picnics take your cooked food and enjoy by the river side or just enjoy jogging or cycling!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank VPReehl
Reviewed August 7, 2018

Love taking a bucket of chicken and the kids here to watch the planes take off. Easy to get in and out and usually enough parking except on busy weekends. Cheap activity for children and great view of the river and the city. Sometimes bike...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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December 29, 2018|
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Response from majorkiss | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any signs prohibiting alcohol. The park is open access. There are never any officials patrolling the park/
Vicky C
July 21, 2018|
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Response from JGN71 | Reviewed this property |
I do not recall seeing any grills there, I would check with park police before doing so.