Here is a list of things you can do in Rock Creek Park: go for a walk, run, bike, fish, horseback ride, rollerskate, birdwatch, play tennis, dig for archaeological artifacts, explore Civil War fort remains, picnic, go on a guided nature walk, study the stars, visit the oldest house in the city, stroll a Lover’s Lane, admire gardens of flowers, observe wild animals.
Rock Creek Park is a near-2,000 acre woodland park purchased by Congress in 1890 as a national park. Washingtonians would be lost without its beauty, but also without its parkway, which functions as a major commuter route. A well-traveled pedestrian path also winds through the park, starting across from the Kennedy Center, adjacent to the Potomac River, and extending 12 miles northwest through the city into Maryland. The National Zoo’s east entrance lies along this route, in the Woodley Park neighborhood. Another access point is the roadway leading down from P St. in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.
A great way to explore the park is to rent a bike, which you can do at the seasonal Thompson Boat Center, across from the Kennedy Center.