They get us from point A to point B. They take us over rivers and oceans. Sometimes, we don’t even notice them, but boy do kids love them! So slip on some comfy shoes, pack some snacks, and get ready to explore some pretty cool under- and over-passes. 

Photo: Capital Riverfront

Yards Park Bridge
This contemporary bridge is the architectural symbol of Yards Park. It traverses the Canal Basin and connects the Great Lawn and the Overlook. The bridge also serves as a signpost on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, a picturesque destination for runners, bikers, and families to experience and enjoy the river. Yards Park has tons of accessible grassy space for kids to run around in, plus amazing fountains. Make sure to check out the Light Tower which stands 60-feet tall on the water’s edge. The monument contains prisms that reflect light by day, and light up at night.

355 Water St., SE (Yards Park)
Online: capitolriverfront.org

Photo: Courtney K. via Yelp

Japanese Style Garden at Hillwood Museum
This non-traditional Japanese garden offers action and charm for little ones. A fun place to play I Spy, you can find everything from stone lanterns to pagodas, to symbolic animals, and statues. Hundreds of carefully placed stones with flowing water underneath them, activates the senses of sight and sound. The half-moon bridges in the Japanese-style garden are a beautiful setting for Girl Scout bridging ceremonies or frankly, just to take nice pics of the fam! 

4155 Linnean Ave.
Online: hillwoodmuseum.org

Photo: Loy’s Station Covered Bridge

Loy’s Station Covered Bridge
Rarely seen in our neck of the woods, Maryland has a handful of covered bridges and kids love to explore them! Constructed around 1880, the Loy’s Station covered bridge in Thurmont, Md, has gone through some remodeling but the bridge’s original timbers remain throughout the 90-foot long structure crossing Owens Creek. In 2015 Loy’s Station Bridge underwent major renovations to its park and playground area. The park includes picnic tables, grills, a child’s playground, covered shelters, rest room facilities and large parking lot. A fun historical tidbit: it is believed that after the battle at Gettsyburg, General George Meade crossed Loy’s Station Covered Bridge while chasing the Confederate Army.

3600 Old Frederick Rd. (Thurmont, Md)
Online: mdcoveredbridges.com

Photo: Guiomar Reyes

Roosevelt Island
Its 91 acres are located amidst a natural woodsy setting accessible by a long wooden footbridge crossing the Potomac. Kids will LOVE crossing this bridge! The island has over two miles of foot trails where you can observe a variety of flora and fauna. Need a little history? In the center of the island, is a bronze statue of Roosevelt along with fountains and granite tablets inscribed with the former president’s conservation values. A variety of trails are available for walking, jogging or running. The Swamp Trail (1½ miles) is mostly flat with a boardwalk section while the Woods (2/3 mile) and Upland (¾ mile ) Trails are surfaced with pea-sized gravel.

George Washington Memorial Pkwy., northbound lanes between Roosevelt Bridge and Key Bridge (Arlington, Va)
Online: nps.gov

Photo: Ticonderoga Farms

Swinging Bridge at Ticonderoga Farms
Virginia’s Largest Upside Down Swinging Bridge is found in one of the most unsuspecting place
— Ticonderoga Farms in Chantilly. The 143-foot bridge nearly skims the water! Parents fret
not!…..the tight railing keeps little ones safely secure. Not only does TF have the largest upside
down swinging bridge in VA, it’s also home to America’s Largest Bamboo Garden – a 50 island
bamboo maze navigable by boat! The farm has fun events all year long and depending on the
season.

26469 Ticonderoga Rd. (Chantilly, Va)
Online: ticonderoga.com

Do you know of any other cool bridges? Tell us in the comments!

-Guiomar Ochoa