National Parks / Natural World

East Potomac Park Washington DC

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East Potomac Park
696 Ohio Drive SW
Washington DC
DC
20042
Tel: 202 245-4715

Where are we going today?

If you want some time out in nature during your time in Washington DC, then look no further than East Potomac Park!

East Potomac Park is over 300 acres of outdoor space just waiting to be enjoyed by the family! The peninsula is located between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel, which also gives you amazing views as you enjoy the park.

What's lovely about the park is that they feature a host of those famous cherry trees, which you can walk, run or jog around as a family. 

Fishing is a popular sport within the park, so it's worth taking your rods and spending a few hours in the shade on the banks of the river! Picnicking is also a great way to spend your time. 

If you are an active family, you'll love the host of recreation activities that you can enjoy. There is the East Potomac Golf C0urse, with three golf courses (two 9 holes and an 18 hole course), as well as fun mini golf for the kids!

There is also the East Potomac Tennis Center which is one of the largest indoor public tennis centers in the entire area! Kids can practice those aces on one of the 24 courts, and test their skills on the practice wall too.

Feeling like you want to cool off? Then explore the swimming pool too, open June to October. It's a great way to make a SPLASH in the nation's capitol!

So grab those hats, those walking shoes and that sense of adventure, because there is 300 acres to explore - and kids, don't forget to check out the playgrounds too! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree!
  • ChildrenFree!
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

Hours for sporting activities vary

Year round for park. Sporting activities vary

Any Top Tips?

The opening times and seasons for the tennis, golf and swimming vary so check individually..

Need a little extra help?

There are plenty of paved and flat areas for wheelchairs. Contact the individual attractions if you have any questions about the facilities specifically. .

More information

The closest Metro station is the Smithsonian, and there are 320 FREE parking spaces. .

What people are saying?

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    Decent driving range overall! Two levels and lots of space so you should find a spot quickly. OK upkeep. Some people could do a little better with taking their trash with them as some stalls were pretty messy. Top level is open air which means it is weather dependent but on the up side bright and airy. I had heard the views were good here but don't expect to see any from the driving range.
    Get a range card for discounts on balls ($35 minimum start up fee but you can add as much or as little as you like after that). Alternatively you can purchase...Read More

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    This is a fun municipal golf course. 2 nine holes courses and a 18 hole. I played the 18 hole. The native grass and the tree lined fairways make this flat but challenging course an enjoyment to play! Very easy to walk if you are looking for some exercise! Greens are not perfect but are very fair! I walked-on on a Monday morning in early June with no problem. Very close to the National Mall, I could see the Washington Monument on most every hole, Jefferson Monument popped out from behind a tree on occasion. If you have someone doing the conference...Read More

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    Overall a very good venue. The courses are nice, driving range is large and has a ton of bays, three nice putting greens, and there's plenty of parking.

    On the downside, the range is entirely mats and there's no easily accessible area to practice chipping or your short game. You can rent time on the practice holes if you want to practice your short game, but there's limited availability.

    Don't leave your clubs for regripping if the usual club repair guy isn't there. I've had him replace a few shafts in the past and he replaced my putter grip once....Read More

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    My first time there 6/11/14. Loved it! (Minus one star cause the clubhouse could probably use some updating - as well as the driving range.) The course if fantastic for beginners and intermediate. (I played blues 9 hole). Some of the reviews were dissing the place cause they said it was too easy. Hey, there's nothing wrong with wide-open fairways. Great way to work on your game without looking for balls all day.

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    Love this spot on Hains point, it's super accessible from downtown with vistas of a few monuments and the SW waterfront. Three courses, one 18-hole and two 9-hole and a mini-golf course; it's one of the oldest operating courses in the country. They have food, beer and wine. The patrons are fun, friendly neighborhood type folk from all over DC. The staff is super friendly. I always have a great time here.

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by Camilla Peterson

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Decent driving range overall! Two levels and lots of space so you should find a spot quickly. OK upkeep. Some people could do a little better with taking their trash with them as some stalls were pretty messy. Top level is open air which means it is weather dependent but on the up side bright and airy. I had heard the views were good here but don't expect to see any from the driving range.
Get a range card for discounts on balls ($35 minimum start up fee but you can add as much or as little as you like after that). Alternatively you can purchase a 50 ish balls token for $7 which isn't bad. Fairly sure the ball machine didn't give me anywhere near 50 but I was too polite to kick it with this being my first time. Love that you can borrow clubs. They have them in the small shop opposite where you get your balls (FYI the shop also sells beer). The lady just let me help myself to whatever I wanted which was nice.
Kind of a pain to get to if you don't have a car (you can walk it, biking would be easier, lots of car parking space if you have one). I walked and loved all the views on the way in of the monument, memorials, and river.

by Tim Graves

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This is a fun municipal golf course. 2 nine holes courses and a 18 hole. I played the 18 hole. The native grass and the tree lined fairways make this flat but challenging course an enjoyment to play! Very easy to walk if you are looking for some exercise! Greens are not perfect but are very fair! I walked-on on a Monday morning in early June with no problem. Very close to the National Mall, I could see the Washington Monument on most every hole, Jefferson Monument popped out from behind a tree on occasion. If you have someone doing the conference thing in DC and need to kill some time playing golf this is great choice! Even the locals do not know this place is here!

by Andrew Baisch

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Overall a very good venue. The courses are nice, driving range is large and has a ton of bays, three nice putting greens, and there's plenty of parking.

On the downside, the range is entirely mats and there's no easily accessible area to practice chipping or your short game. You can rent time on the practice holes if you want to practice your short game, but there's limited availability.

Don't leave your clubs for regripping if the usual club repair guy isn't there. I've had him replace a few shafts in the past and he replaced my putter grip once. He's fast and does a good job. I took my irons and woods (12 clubs) in today and he wasn't around. The guy behind the desk insisted he could regrip them and it would take 30-45 min. I returned 45 min. later and they weren't done. Someone else was at the desk and he told me he would check on them. 20 min. later when I returned he had no idea what I was there for and hadn't bothered to check. The clubs were returned to me 80 min. after I dropped them off and the work was sloppy with grip tape sticking out the bottom of most grips. I took them home and trimmed it myself.

The Weather

Monday

Conditions: Rain
Temp: 71° F / 21° C
Humidity: 88 %
Wind: South - 9 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 76° F / 24° C
Humidity: 60 %
Wind: ENE - 7 MPH

Wednesday

Conditions: Chance of a Thunderstorm
Temp: 75° F / 24° C
Humidity: 73 %
Wind: E - 10 MPH

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