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Fort Washington Park

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Peaceful and Breathtaking

I love to visit this national park is solo or with my family. You can fish, walk the trail, picnic... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2018
Fort Washington, Maryland
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The Fort at Fort Washington

The Fort is so full of history but the view of the Potomac from the parapet (I hope that's the... read more

Reviewed August 30, 2018
Fort Washington, Maryland
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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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13551 Fort Washington Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744-7044
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

Not much has changed over 20 years. Tour the fort, but, nothing much more to see here. It’s great space for a family cookout. But, bring your own games & fun.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Cathy S
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

I love to visit this national park is solo or with my family. You can fish, walk the trail, picnic, watch the deer, and tour the historic building, stroll the ground. The scenery is pleasant and the water view is inviting.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed August 30, 2018

The Fort is so full of history but the view of the Potomac from the parapet (I hope that's the right word) is breathtaking. Simply sit on a rock and listen to the water lap by or wander through the bushy areas. There is a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank donakc
Reviewed August 28, 2018

I love this park, it is close to my old neighborhood, and I love seeing the deer, happy, calm, and safe. This park is a great place to take your dogs, your kids, or yourself.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Trek666642
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Nice place just to walk, relax, & take in the scenery! Alot of history can be seen here! There is always alot of people of all ages there, just enjoying walking around & taking in the sites.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 8, 2018

This particular visit marked the first time that my family visited an NPS site. We even decided to purchase the passports and bust out the stamps, all the good stuff! I imagine that this will the first of many NPS sites that I'll get the...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here while we were in the area on a gorgeous and sunny day. This fort was interesting in that it had never seen any action in the time it has been there. The visitors center is small, with a short 6 minute orientation...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank tandhgoraj
Reviewed July 19, 2018

Overall, this is a low-stress historic site that offers beautiful views, a place to stretch your legs, and the chance to learn about the military history of the Potomac River forts that once protected our capital. Highly recommended. Fort Washington has been the site of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 17, 2018

Really interesting military fort situated on the banks overlooking the Potomac River! Beautiful views from the top of the park - if you look close enough you might even make out the Washington Monument in DC. The old buildings and ruins are truly impressive and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Nickel128
Reviewed July 12, 2018

We live across the Potomac from Fort Washington and took a quick drive to visit this historic site. The original buildings and earthworks are in great shape. The grounds were well manicured and kept except for the large amount of garbage on the riverbank. I...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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April 15, 2017|
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Response from mymonkeybug | Reviewed this property |
We didn't the day we visited but there is an entrance fee.
Buckley F
July 31, 2016|
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Response from Igithaba | Reviewed this property |
It is mostly accessible by wheelchair. There are some steep inclines and pebbly surfaces but vehicles can get close and park next to most attractions - better to drive between different sections of park than to use... More
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Subway directions to Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse in Fort... (5 Replies)
Is it possible to take a subway to Fort Washington Park to see Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse under the George Bridge Washington? My dd loves the book "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge" by Hildegard Swift and it'd be fun to suprise her with a visit to see the red lighthouse, but don't know if it is even feasible given our short stay in the city. We are staying at Marriot Marquis so would need directions from that location. Thanks!
April 16, 2006|
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Go to 8th Avenue and 42nd St and take the A train to 178th Street.   The Lighthouse is in Fort Washington Park,178th Street & Hudson River, [From Lafayette Place at W. 181st Street, take steps, footpath and footbridge over the highway, down to the park and south to the Lighthouse.]