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East Potomac Park - Hains Point


East Potomac Park - Hains Point
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East Potomac Park is a 300+ acre peninsula located between the Washington Channel and the Potomac River on the south side of the Tidal Basin. The park features many of Washington's famous cherry trees, has terrific views of the city and is a popular place for biking, running, fishing and picnicking.

Address and Accessibility

Ohio Dr. SW Washington, DC.
East Potomac Park is located south of Independence Avenue and the Tidal Basin. The southern end of the park is known as Hains Point. The closest Metro station is the Smithsonian. See a Map. There are 320 FREE parking spaces. On weekend afternoons in the late spring and summer, cars are not allowed to enter the loop road around the park. By that time on nice days all the parking spots are usually taken. You can access the park on foot by following the trails from the Jefferson Memorial.

Recreation at East Potomac Park

Public facilities at East Potomac Park include a golf course, a mini-golf course, a playground, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, picnic facilities, and a recreation center. This beautiful park has plenty of shade, bathrooms, picnic benches and lots of areas for kids to run around.

East Potomac Golf Course
There are three golf courses including an 18-hole course, two 9-hole courses, a driving range and a miniature golf course. Capital City Golf School offers group and private lessons for all ages. There is a pro shop and a snack bar.

East Potomac Tennis Center
(202) 554-5962
Hours: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. 7 days a week.
This is one of the largest indoor public tennis facilities in the Washington, DC area. There are 24 courts, a practice wall, a pro shop, locker and shower facilities. Membership is not required. Walk-in, reserved and seasonal contract court time is available.

East Potomac Park Swimming Pool
(202) 727-6523
Hours: Open June – mid October, Monday – Friday: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday – Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m. Closed Wednesdays.

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