Things to Do in DC: Theodore Roosevelt Island

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Nestled in the Potomac River just across from Georgetown and the Kennedy Center is an island surprisingly few people know about. Theodore Roosevelt Island is a National Park in DC full of running and walking trails and a monument to Teddy Roosevelt. It’s peaceful and quiet and you truly feel like you’re out in the wilderness, yet you have a full view of Washington DC when you’re on one side of the island and a view of Rosslyn when you’re on the other. It’s an easy ~2 mile hike around Teddy Roosevelt Island and it is completely flat, so if you’re looking for a kid friendly (or dog friendly) activity to do in DC that’s a little off the beaten path, this is the adventure for you!

DC With Kids: Hiking on Teddy Roosevelt Island

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Last weekend a friend and I took my kids out on a hike on Teddy Roosevelt Island and we had such a great time! It’s on the Virginia side of the Potomac River, just past Arlington National Cemetery. There is ample parking but if you plan to do this hike on the weekend you definitely want to get there early because spaces fill up (it’s a popular spot for cyclists to park their cars because it’s right along the Mount Vernon trail). The trails are dirt and then there is a long boardwalk portion over the marsh. In the center of the island is a monument to Teddy Roosevelt so we walked to that area first and then walked around the perimeter of the island. I did not see any open restrooms or water  fountains so be sure to plan ahead.

I recently purchased CamelBaks for myself and the kids and they were perfect for our adventure! The kids think that drinking from the hose is super fun and they willingly carried their own water. They also carried their own snacks in the CamelBak pockets so it was definitely a great solution for hiking with kids. I found our CamelBaks at TJ Maxx but this is the version we have. We stumbled upon countless blackberry and raspberry bushes and if we ever visit in June or July again I plan to bring a container so we can pick them and take them home!

Have you been to Teddy Roosevelt Island yet? I’d love to hear what you thought, and if you have any questions feel free to leave them below!

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