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“So Much Fun I almost wish my kids were little again...”

Fort Washington Park
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 10, 2012

Probably the best tour of a nationakl park outside of Gettysburg. Make sure and ask Wesley Gant, the park ranger, why we fought the War of 1812! His lively and informative description of people and events brought history to life. He introduced us to characters and local history we never knew... and we grew up here! Very exciting and rejuvenating.

This is a great place to bring kids too. Forts, dungeons, tunnels, motes, drawbridges, lookouts, armaments... It has it all.

The view of course is exceptional. Watch tour boats, airplanes, eagles and osprey from the tallest bluffs outside of DC... and, in the open fields, bluebirds and swallows. The natural beauty of this vista has not been spoiled. It is as grand and impressive as it was in the 19th century.

The grounds are lovely to walk or cycle. There are nice walking paths with plenty of benches and well-paved park roads for cycling. Bring a picnic lunch for a relaxing afternoon or evening sunset.

We did not plan to visit today. As a matter of fact, we headed to Mount Vernon, but the crush of tour buses and a hefty admission fee ($30 for two adults) caused a change of plans. So glad we caught a glimpse of the fort across the river and changed course.

Highly recommend for history buffs, nature lovers, and families.

Tip: If you are 62 years of age or older, obtain a National Park Service "Senior Pass" for free lifetime admission to national parks and monuments. A great value.

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Reviewed March 27, 2012

this is a wonderful place to explore with or with out children. very nicely kept with a good view across the river.

Thank ReneeH3
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

This is a well preserved fort that protected Washington from the early 1899s. The grounds are spacious and there are great views of the Potomac River and DC. It would be a great place to visit in any warm season for a picnic and a family outing. Lots of rest rooms and a visitors shop. Check when they may be having a special event.

Thank TomWall60
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

Long ago someone thought two forts at this point of the Potomac could defend Washington. Yeah, and it burned during the War of 1812. However, Ft. Washington is still there and monumental. Ft. Hunt across the river is gone and just a park now. The kids will love running around the Fort.

Thank Stargatebabe
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

We visited Fort Washington on 9 September 2011 while on vacation in Maryland. Thank goodness for the break in the weather as it had been raining heavily the past 3 days. We enjoyed taking pictures, walking the paths around the park, exploring the fort’s battery, grounds and the lighthouse. It is very peaceful down by the Potomac near the lighthouse and we sat for a while enjoying the deer, geese and occasional boat traffic. We had the pleasure of meeting Lee Ghoulston (Park Ranger) at the Visitor’s Station and she filled us in on more of the historical background of Fort Washington and some details about the lighthouse.

Thank Undie1
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