Need to get away, but don’t feel like taking a long time to get there? Want a place where you can get peace and quiet, yet be steps away from the wonders of city life? Well, that’s why Rock Creek Park is here!
Washington D.C. is a busy city, filled with lights, traffic, stores and restaurants, but the park is right there too. In fact, its been there since September of 1890, and can boast about its 2,820.34 acres of beautiful scenery.
Washington DC’s Rock Creek Park extends from the Potomac River to Maryland’s border, and provides all sorts of entertainment for those willing to take the short drive to get there. Visitors can enjoy picnics, biking, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, and can even enjoy concerts.
For those more interested in informative relaxation, there’s also a nature center, filled with exhibits that tell of the parks’ wildlife and forest, a planetarium, the only one in the national park system, and a boat center. At Thompson’s Boat Center, visitors can rent kayaks, canoes, or small sailboats and spend some time on the Potomac River. Apart from rentals, Thompson’s also offers boat storage and rowing lessons.
So next time you’ve had enough of all the excitement of the city, go to the park and enjoy a day out in nature, knowing your favorite coffeehouse, restaurant and store are right around the corner, just beyond the trees.
How to get to the Nature Center/Planetarium
The Rock Creek Nature Center and Planetarium is located at 5200 Glover Road NW, Washington, DC 20015, near the intersection of Military Road and Glover Road. Phone: (202) 895-6070. Directions From NPS.gov