Top 7 Parks on Capitol Hill


Capitol Hill is full of parks with playgrounds. And everyone loves a good park, especially when it’s that perfect day with perfect weather. So how do you know which ones to go to? Honestly, you cannot go wrong with any park on Capitol Hill, but there are some that stand up above the rest. Check out the top 7 parks on Capitol Hill! 

Top 7 Playgrounds on Capitol Hill:

1. Lincoln Park

Located between 11th and 13th Streets NE/SE, off East Capitol St NE. Lincoln Park is big and open, with plenty of space for picnics, playdates, and more. It’s the largest park on the Hill. Across the street is Wine&Butter, where you can grab a coffee and snack.

2. Stanton Park

Located off Maryland Avenue NE between 4th and 6th Streets NE. Stanton Park has a wonderful playground area for young children and plenty of open green space for older kids. It’s also close to Union Station and some area restaurants. Also, Stanton Park is an excellent area for Cherry Blossom photos!

3. Sherwood Recreation Center

Located at 640 10th Street NE. Sherwood Recreation Center is actually an indoor/outdoor location, but the outdoor area has a community garden, playground, tennis courts, and a small track great for exercise for all ages. It is also a playground that has one of the few infant/toddler swings on the hill.

4. Folger Park/Providence Park

Located between 2nd and 3rd Street SE and D and E Streets SE. These two parks are across the street from each other. Folger Park has a lot of benches, trees, and walking paths. Providence Park is more open and a great place for kids soccer and other sports to happen.

5. Marion Park

Located between 4th and 6th Streets SE and E Street and South Carolina Ave. SE. Marion Park is a few blocks from Folger and Providence Park, but it has a playground area that is unrivaled by its neighbors.

6. 9th & Penn Playground

Located between 8th and 9th Streets SE on Pennsylvania Ave. SE. This is an adorable, updated small park that is fun for all. It is fully gated, safe, and has different challenges based on ages. Walk nearby to Ted’s Bulletin, Call Your Mother Deli, or District Donuts for a snack. Or get your car worked on at Distads Auto (reasonable, family-run auto shop).

7. RFK Fields Playground

Located 2400 E Capitol St SE. Ok, so this is debatable if it’s officially on the hill, but several vote that, yes, it is! This playground is a must with kids. It’s updated, vast, has lots of playing structures with access for several abilities of children and there are large fields for games. Parking is aplenty, but there isn’t much shade.

Is visiting as many parks as possible part of your summer plans? Make sure you check out our Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun to add more to your list!