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Fort Washington National Park
Based on 38 traveler reviews
Don't Miss This Gem!
Aug 24, 2014 by: Finnbot7 from West Grove, Pennsylvania
Fort Washington National Park is certainly the most under visited park! The park staff are outstanding and very well informed. The activities are great- we saw a Civil War Re-enactment where the characters were just superb, and we were two of five witnesses (not including a dog) What a great program! Why are not many people here? In Philly, this program would be over run with people! The fort is beautiful with limited signage- we had to guess what some things were. But it is a great place to picnic and hike away from the beaten path of DC. We learned a great deal, and still have more questions! Take time out from the over touristy National Harbor and Smithsonian to see some real history.
Lovely park, fabulous river views, interesting Fort!
Aug 24, 2014 by: Karen P from Washington, District of Columbia, United States
We happened upon a day with historic civil war actors in costume welcoming us and talking about living in the 1860's. Even without them, the Fort is beautifully situated above the Potomac and the several iterations of it explained on information boards strategically located. It's not huge but offers enough to look at and walk through that we were glad we went.
My Grandson's American History Lesson
Jul 10, 2014 by: discjockey56 from Kingsport, Tennessee
Not crowded as I visited in the middle of the week. No living history that I saw. Fairly well kept grounds and equipment (what little they had).
Wonderful site, needs better service in Visitor's Center
Jul 06, 2014 by: sragaines from Birmingham, Alabama
Fort Washington is a very scenic fort with beautiful old buildings and a beautiful view. The history is very interesting as well. It was quite warm the day we visited, but although the gate had informed us that there were Ranger tours of the fort, no one offered any information about that. I've had some very good experiences at National Parks in the Northeast, so I was surprised. There is a short video you can watch that tells the history and walking around is fun as well. There is a bit of wildlife (groundhogs and evidently deer as well). I would definitely recommend seeing the site.
May 29, 2014 by: 90joyful100 from Anderson, South Carolina
We stopped here since we like to hunt up lighthouses, and were delighted with the history and the scenery! We were too early for the visitors center to be open, which I think would really have added to the experience. The lighthouse is small, but being beside the Potomac, with Washington D.C. in the distant background, made it very impressive.
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