Did you know that the Anacostia Park is actually part of the National Park Service?

That means that there are tons of free activities and resources right outside your backyard here in Washington, D.C. Here are three things to do at the Anacostia Park this summer.

Walk the Anacostia River Trail.

There are 3.5 miles of paved trail to be explored at the park. Bike, walk, or jog (whatever suits your fancy) and take in the sights of the river, wildlife, and greenery. Bring your dog, too, because the trail is pet-friendly. One of the cool things is that “the paved walkway continues across the bridges into downtown D.C. with access to the Navy Yard and Capitol Hill neighborhoods.” So if you want to make a pit stop for a refreshing beverage, you can! [caption id="attachment_9944" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Anacostia Park Courtesy ofjdantos.wordpress.com[/caption]

Visit the Aquatic Gardens.

Anacostia Park has a subsection called the Aquatic Gardens that works directly to preserve the “forests, water quality, and recreation value of the waterways of Washington, D.C.” Come check out water life through both plants and animals. There’s also a ranger program if you want to bring your kids along for something fun and educational. [caption id="attachment_9945" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Anacostia Park Courtesy of emilydonaldson.org[/caption]

Host a picnic for your friends and family.

There are many picnic tables and grilling stations to take advantage of in the park. Invite everyone you love for a little summer soiree and grill up your favorite meats and veggies. Make sure you’re aware of the regulations of what you can bring before you head out, though. [caption id="attachment_9948" align="aligncenter" width="630"]Anacostia Park Courtesy of recreation.gov[/caption] What’s your favorite thing to do at Anacostia Park? Tell us in the comments!

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