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Fort Washington Park

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Address: 13551 Fort Washington Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744-7044
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+1 301-763-4600

Visitors can take a ranger-led tour to explore this historic fort's...

Visitors can take a ranger-led tour to explore this historic fort's features and its role as the only defense for the Nation's Capital until the Civil War.

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Fort Washington Park was always one of our favorite places to escape to for a family picnic, flag football, frisbee and biking. It is a great view of the Potomac River from the... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fort Washington Park was always one of our favorite places to escape to for a family picnic, flag football, frisbee and biking. It is a great view of the Potomac River from the hills outside of the main fort. A nice place for a family picnic or get-together. Good history lesson as well.

Thank johnmF458EV
Lombard, Illinois
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very cool and large old fort that was built to defend the capital. It appears to never have to have fired a shot which is a good thing. It's maintained in a sparse manner but the grounds are great. It looks really good from the river as well.

Thank LostALot22
Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed March 2, 2017

If you want somewhere that is truly historic and also a hands on experience then Fort Washington Park is the place for you. Ages 1-100 will enjoy being here. With that said, there is a lot of walking and some serious climbing up and down embankments and hills if you explore the property outside the actual Fort itself. Pack a... More 

Thank mymonkeybug
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2017

Visited Fort Washington Park one summer afternoon and had the place mostly to ourselves. The ranger gave us a tour of the site, and we learned about the history of Fort Washington. The site has had a long history, dating back to the War of 1812, and multiple incarnations of defensive fortifications here along the Potomac. Pretty interesting.

Thank RunrDave
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Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

Attended yoga in the park.Great scenery. The park is huge. I never knew about all of these locations throughout the park. A lot of history to see.

Thank Brittany L
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Reviewed January 29, 2017

Great place to explore with kids. Lots of nooks and cool places that kids will want to run, climb, and jump on. We went when the weather was cold and still had a great time.

Thank Rebecca C
Pomfret, Maryland
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Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

Fun park with lots of open space. We rented a picnic area for my mothers birthday and invited about 50 family members. No pavilion is offered but our space had plenty of parking and open space for the kids. We all enjoyed the fort and running down to the water. I wish they would spend a bit more on upgrades... More 

Thank Larico H
Dover, New Hampshire
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Reviewed January 1, 2017

Fort Washington Park is a unit of the National Park Service. Although located in Maryland which is the Mid-Atlantic Region in the National Park Service divisions, it is part of the National Capital Region parks. The fort was built to defend the nation’s capital in Washington, DC after the British attacked and burned much of the capital city during the... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed October 30, 2016

This is a really nice park, with awesome views. The actual fort is amazing. One downside is that there really isn't a lot of interpretive signage around the park and the visitor's center is very small. Thus, I felt that I could have learned a lot more.

Thank Shane W
Dubuque, Iowa
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Reviewed October 15, 2016

Located along the Potomac River nearly across from Mt. Vernon, the site of Fort Washington has a long history as a military base. The fortifications constructed here, however, did not take into account iron clad warships and soon proved out-of-date. The scenic beauty of the location is outstanding and the dry moats and remnants of the fort are fascinating.

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