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“A lot of fun during the lotus festival”

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
Ranked #115 of 447 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A lot of fun during the lotus festival”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

This was a great place to visit last Saturday for the lotus festival. There were a lot of free activities for the kids (crafts, face painting, art competition, talks about reptiles and raptors), and cultural programs for everyone (music, poetry, fashion and dance from South Africa, Korea, Myanmar). The lotuses were in full bloom. I've never seen so many of them in bloom simultaneously. I came away thinking that I need to go back on a quieter weekend just to enjoy the flowers. My family is definitely going back for the lotus festival next year.

Visited July 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Go for the Lotus Blossom Festival - A Must See”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

I had my jaw dropped for the first 10 minutes when I visited the Lotus Blossom Festival recently. It is an absolute must see if visiting DC in mid to late July.

Visited July 2014
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Lake Ridge, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Lotus and Water Lilies worthy of Monet”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

This lovely Water Garden alongside the Anacostia river is a haven for anyone that loves showy flowers and the hidden beauty of everything that lives near the water. Fields of different types of Lotus await as well as Ponds of Water Lilies, common and rare. Discover Turtles, Frogs, Butterflies, Dragon flies, Great Blue Herons and more.
There is a small Visitor Center with a Gift shop, and Park Rangers are on hand to conduct Nature walks. Everyone enjoys the garden, from Photography Clubs to Summer camp participants. There are picnic tables shaded by large trees.
Bring Water, Sunscreen and a Hat!
Lotus bloom in July, but the flowers close every day around 3 p.m.

Visited July 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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“Peaceful Enchantment”
Reviewed July 5, 2014

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is an oasis within easy walking distance of the DC metro (Deanwood stop on the orange line). The wetland flora is amazing; expect to see serious photographers here as well as families and others strolling between the ponds and on the boardwalk. It's a meditative place, a picnic spot, an easy getaway.

Visited July 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Fantastic Place for Photographers”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

The aquatic gardens have acres and acres of lotus plants and water lilies, originally planted by Civil War veteran Walter Shaw and his daughter Helen. Late May through September is the blooming period, but visitors should be aware that the blooms are at their best in the early morning. If the temperature rises above 89 degrees, the blooms close up and will not re-open until the next morning. If you visit, be prepared to run into lots of photographers, but if you are interested in photographing these flowers, you can easily get some amazing shots.

The neighborhood is not considered the best part of town, and can be tricky to find, but I've been there many times and find it well worth the trip.

Visited July 2013
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