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Fort Washington Park
Based on 46 traveler reviews
Nice old stone fort
Mar 07, 2015 by: PetePope1 from New Orleans, Louisiana
This pre-Civil War stands on the Maryland side of the Potomac, guarding the river against an invasion of Washington. Nice commanding views of the river from the ramparts. Small museum in the gatekeepers house.
A hidden Gem!
Feb 18, 2015 by: Misskeeks from MD
I visited here with my 5 year old son two years ago. We live quite close but never bothered to stop by. I'm glad we eventually did. The grounds are well kept and the views of the river are amazing. My five year old had an imaginary battle in his head will touring the fort. The only downside is that the fort is large and it is a bit unsettling being out there with no security, park rangers, or staff in sight. The small visitor's center did have some artifacts and info. I think the site should be on everyone's to do list.
A bit of history that has been overlooked
Feb 13, 2015 by: William W from Accokeek
During the war of 1812 the soldiers at the fort were tasked with stretching a chain across the river to keep any invading ships from sailing on up to Capital City (Washington). Unfortunately the British overran the fort and they proceeded on their way up the river to burn Washington to the ground..
Nice park with a big Fort
Dec 31, 2014 by: TonyTTA from NYC
This is a nice park right along the Potomac river. Really nice views. The Fort is a bit run down and some of it is a little dangerous. The Visitor's center wasn't much more than a table with some pamphlets and restrooms. I would not want to take small kids to the Fort or the visitors center; too many places to fall into.
Awesome historical place to visit!
Dec 07, 2014 by: travelnmom12 from Charlotte, North Carolina
During peak months it costs only $5 for a parking pass, which is good for 3 days, to enter the park. This is super cheap entertainment! (off season there is no charge at all for parking, so it is free!) We bring our 2 kids, ages 6 and 2 years old, and usually pack a picnic lunch. The kids love running around the old fort, visiting the small museum, running around the Potomac River and just burning some energy. This is a great place to fly a kite too, as it is almost always windy! Check out their website for activities. We showed up one day and got to see volunteers dressed up in full uniform, and they were giving out snacks!
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