Capitol Riverfront

  • Riverside
  • Sports
  • Outdoorsy
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Yards Park boardwalk

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Just south of the U.S. Capitol, this emerging neighborhood on the Anacostia River is home to Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals and their beautiful ballpark, watery diversions like kayaking and a booming restaurant scene.

Children playing in Yards Park fountain at the Capitol Riverfront - Family friendly summer activity in Washington, DC

From the late 19th century through World War II, the riverside blocks south of the Capitol were home to the Navy Yard, a lively commercial wharf. In the new millennium, the area has been reborn as a haven for sports fans, nature lovers and foodies. It’s a particularly sweet spot to visit in warmer months.

Pay homage to the naval history at the U.S. Navy Museum. The Washington Nationals attracts a passionate Major League Baseball fan base, and also features jaw-dropping views of the Capitol dome from many of its more than 40,000 seats. Adjacent to the park, the open-air Half Street Fairgrounds hosts bands, food trucks and beer sellers pre- and post-game.

Riverside green spaces take advantage of the area’s natural beauty. The Yards Park encompasses a series of mod outdoor rooms plus a dramatic bridge. The park hosts the headliners of the DC Jazz Festival, as well as a free summer concert series. You’ll find water features, a cafe and a wintertime ice rink at nearby Canal Park.

Bluejacket Brewery on the Capitol Riverfront - Brewery and Restaurant in Washington, DC

In recent years, the dining scene has blossomed along with the rest of the ‘hood, with hot spots ranging from Bluejacket for housemade beer and eclectic American fare to District Winery for waterfront views paired with vino and unique new American dishes and upmarket Osteria Morini, which focuses on Northern Italian specialties in rustic-modern surrounds. If it's sweets you crave, treat yourself to scoops from Ice Cream Jubilee.

Outdoor recreation shines here, too, including the high-flying Trapeze School NY/Washington, DC for learning circus skills and the Ballpark Boathouse, where you can rent a kayak or canoe and take in the area from the river – expect close ups with herons and maybe an otter or two.

Locals Love

The always-rotating creative flavors at Ice Cream Jubilee, Greg Engert's forward-thinking Bluejacket Brewery, cheering on the Washington Nationals baseball team.

Getting There

Simply use Metrorail and get off at the Navy Yard-Ballpark stop on the Green Line. You can also use Capital Bikeshare, which has docks situated throughout the neighborhood.