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!
Free for park entry and programs
Same as adult
Take a picnic! It's so beautiful to enjoy your own handmade lunch out on the grass
Check out the ranger programs, they are free and often start from the nature center
The Nature Center has a bookstore where you can pick up gifts, souvenirs, books and more to take the adventure home with you
Take bottled water, especially if you are going on the trails
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