Did you know that you can plan an island getaway without ever leaving D.C.? It’s not your standard trip, but the Theodore Roosevelt Island feels like a peaceful oasis compared to the rest of the District. The island was turned into a memorial in the 1930s, and it’s a very cool site to visit in the District!
I made my first visit to Roosevelt Island with my partner in crime, Cacia. Her sister came to town, and Cacia was more than a little determined to make sure her sister saw as much of D.C. as possible. On a Friday evening that was D.C. humid, there were very few people here. However, this let us take in the full memorial.
The site is so peaceful, and we really enjoyed seeing the various aspects of the memorial and hanging out on a bench. Based on this picture, you may assume that this is most of the island, but the island is very large and has plenty of trails. While we did not explore any on our visit since I had to get back to work for an evening show, I did make note that the island is dog friendly!
The following weekend, the one and only Hudson dog came to town. Hudson is a great adventurer, but he has seen so many places in D.C. that I always want him to take new walks. Even with some humidity, we had so much fun walking Hudson!
The amazing thing about Roosevelt Island is how different the terrain is along each part of the trail. The opening of the trail we took was very wooded, and there was lots of shade to protect us from the sun. As there were quite a few people out walking their dogs, I was surprised to come across wildlife on the paths we were walking along.
As we continued around the island, we came into an area known as “the swamp.” The swamp area was a little more humid and had a little less wildlife. This part of the path was raised wooden planks, just like I had seen in the Everglades. However, this path was in much better shape. Even in the swamp area you could take a variety of different paths, and there were signs explaining different things one could see. There were lots of cattails, and as the island meets the Potomac River, some interesting wildflowers grew along the sides.
Essentially, the beginning of the park is wooded, and the center of the island is a swamp. As you cross around the island, you can see the Potomac River, and on a few sections of the northern tip, we could see over to Georgetown.
As you can see from the photos, there are so many different areas to see on Roosevelt Island, and once it is not so humid, I could see myself wandering around here quite a bit in the fall. This park was maintained very well, and we did pass one small area of bathrooms on the island part way down a path. This was a really fun place to visit with my family, and it was the right speed for everyone.
I know what you are thinking- it must be a pain to get to an island in D.C.! However, it’s shockingly easy to get to Roosevelt Island. Leaving from Washington, D.C., you can take the blue, orange, or silver line to Rosslyn, and it is a short, safe, and easy walk over to the park. Alternatively, there is quite a bit of free parking to utilize as well. With such easy accessibility, there is no reason not to visit.
If you are making a trip to Washington, D.C., I encourage you to check out this unique little part of our nation’s Capitol! If you are a stamp collector, the stamp is located at Arlington Cemetery, which is no longer dog friendly (Don’t worry- Hudson visited there before dogs were banned!). Best of all, it’s 100% free to visit Roosevelt Island. There is no entrance fee or parking fee.
Pro Tip: Be sure to hydrate if you visit this park! There were no running water fountains on our visit.
Thanks so much for reading my blog again this week! This was one of my favorite sites we have visited so far, and I hope you have enjoyed it. Be sure to subscribe to my blog to stay up to date on my latest posts. I have been to Wolf Trap twice this week, and I am making another trip this weekend so I am hoping to post about that park next week.