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Rock Creek Park is a green oasis in the District of Columbia.  It is an amazing, wild woodland--a natural treasure in the midst of a major city.  Set aside in 1890 as one of the first federal parks, DC's Rock Creek Park is national park, like Yellowstone or Yosemite.


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Places to Visit

Rock Creek Nature Center and Planetarium Visitor Center

5200 Glover Road NW, Washington, DC; telephone 202-895-6070

This popular site in the park has exhibits, guided walks, lectures, live animal demonstrations and the "Discovery Room," a hands-on exhibit for children ages 2 to 5.  The Rock Creek Planetarium offers 45-60 minute programs exploring the stars and planets.

Carter Barron Amphitheater

16th & Colorado Street NW, Washington, DC

A large amphitheater (seats 4,200) for performing arts, offering many free programs every summer.  The Carter Barron Box Office is open noon to 8:00 p.m. on the day of concerts.  Tickets are required for free performances and are distributed on the day of the show.  Tickets are also available at the Washington Post at 1150 15th Street, NW beginning at 8:30 a.m. on weekdays.

Peirce Mill

Tilden Street NW and Beach Drive, Washington, DC

This building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the last of many mills that served local farmers from the 18th to early 20th centuries.  The mill has been restored as an operating mill.

Thompson Boat Center

2900 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Rents bicycles, kayaks, canoes, and small sailboats.  Lessons are available.

Rock Creek Horse Center

5100 Glover Road NW, Washington, DC

Offers trail rides and lessons on horses (ages 12 and up) and ponies (kids over 30" tall).  Advance reservations are required.

Rock Creek Tennis Center

16th & Kennedy Streets NW, Washington, DC

Indoor and outdoor courts are available.

Rock Creek Golf Course

16th & Rittenhouse Street NW, Washington, DC

The 18-hole public golf course has a clubhouse and snack bar.

National Zoo

3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

The National Zoological Park is operated by the Smithsonian Institution, but is situated in Rock Creek Park.  The zoo features giant pandas, lions, giraffes, tigers, monkeys, sea lions, and much more.


For more information, visit the National Park Service Rock Creek Park website.