Rock Creek Park & Nature Center

Washington, DC

Where are we going?

Rock Creek Park & Nature Center
5200 Glover Rd NW
DC 20015


What is there to do?

Rock Creek Park & Nature Center is a hidden gem of an oasis in Washington DC, covering 1,754 acres, and a TON of fun things to do with the kids!

How about getting those hiking boots on, and taking to one of the 32 miles of trails around the park. They have suggested hikes for you, or you can create one of your own!

Did you know that there is so much human history within Rock Creek Park too, both on the trails and beyond? If you come across the Boulder Bridge Hike, that happens to be a 3 mile loop through forests, that President Theodore Roosevelt actually frequented over 100 years ago!

You can check out the Francis Scott Key memorial, to honor the author of the Star Spangled Banner, and you can visit the oldest stone house in DC, the Old Stone House (a fitting name!)

The Nature Center is the best place for you to start your adventure, as staff are on hand to answer any questions, and you can also pick up brochures and maps on all the things to do in Rock Creek park.

The center also has the ONLY planetarium in the National Parks Service with great programs, plus there is a Discovery Room in the center aimed at kids under 5 with lots of things to do (including live animals!)

A nature, history and adventure filled day out just waiting for all ages at Rock Creek Park & Nature Center!

Let the adventures begin!

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free for park entry and programs

Children: Same as adult


Need a little extra help?

The Nature Center is accessible, as are some of the historic exhibits, so check online or with staff when you first arrive. Service animals are allowed in National Parks


When can we go?

Park is open during daylight hours (individual attractions within the park have their own hours so check these online)

Open year round. Nature Center closed Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as Thanksgiving, December 25 & January 1.


Any top tips?

Check out the ranger programs, they are free and often start from the nature center

I’m Hungry!

Take a picnic! It's so beautiful to enjoy your own handmade lunch out on the grass

Healthy Eating

Take bottled water, especially if you are going on the trails - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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