Bladensburg Waterfront Park

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Editorial Review

This part of the Anacostia River was once a thriving shipping port in the 18th century. Today, the waters are better navigated by kayaks, canoes and paddleboats, rented on weekends at the far end of the park. The rest of the week, this historic waterfront is the perfect place to catch up with a friend, do some bird-watching or just take a breather from the area's hubbub. Several dozen benches line the simply landscaped waterfront, offering a pleasant spot for chatting. And unless the waterside playground is occupied by a large group, the noise level there is hardly noticeable.Free 45-minute pontoon boat rides led by a naturalist are offered several times a week.

-- Ann Cameron Siegal (Aug. 7, 2009)