Play ball! When Nationals Park opened its doors that was just the beginning in this quickly developing hot spot. The 500-acre neighborhood has been revitalized in recent years as the city works to take advantage of the prime real estate along the gorgeous Anacostia River. In addition to the baseball stadium, new retail, restaurants, hotels, public parks and event venues have made this a new neighborhood with exploring.
Just five blocks south of the U.S. Capitol on 1.5 miles of prime riverfront property.
Make your way to Nationals Park for a game, but don’t forget to stop at Half Street for some pre-game eating and drinking. Spend your day relaxing at Yards Park, a waterfront public park with live music, restaurants, boardwalk, nature trails and a wading pool. Or dine in Canal Park, which will soon open a 3,500 square-foot restaurant called The Park Tavern and offer ice skating in the winter months. Visit the free U.S. Navy Museum, which features scale models of ships, interactive exhibits and tours of the U.S.S. Barry docked on the Anacostia River. Or try out Trapeze School!
The Capitol Riverfront was once the home of the Washington Navy Yard, the longest continually operating naval facility in the country. Through World War II, the area was a lively wharf with vibrant commercial districts, streetcars and a residential community. The end of the war slowed the output at the Navy Yard, but billions in public and private investment is once again revitalizing this riverfront destination.