It’s that time of the year when we crave long walks to take in the warmer (but not too hot) temps, the blooming flowers, and the longer days. The only thing holding us back–or slowing us down–is our bambino’s stroller. If you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself dead-lifting it up-and-down stairs, lugging it through bumpy gravel, or pumping the brakes down hills. You can take a breath of fresh, spring air–we’ve found a handful of smooth and scenic paths perfect for you and the kid-in-stroller.
Photo: Dion Hinchcliffe via Flickr
The Kenwood neighborhood is a great place to take a stroll with your stroller. Well known for the thousands of Yoshino cherry trees that line its streets, this is not an area that should solely be visited during cherry blossom season. This is a wonderful neighborhood, with wide streets, to explore anytime of the year. Creeks and grassy knolls are scattered throughout and the architecture of the houses will take your breath away. The Capital Crescent trail cuts through Kenwood or you can park on the many streets and just walk at your own pace. If you’re strolling with a number of kids, there’s a lovely little park with swings, slides etc. that are a hit with everyone. You can even take a snack/lunch break and have a little picnic.
Intersection of Little Falls Pkwy. and River Rd. (Bethesda, Md)
Theodore Roosevelt Island
From Rosslyn Circle, start off your adventure by crossing the pedestrian bridge to the island over the Potomac River. The island is a 91-acre wilderness preserve that serves as a memorial to President Roosevelt, honoring his contributions to conservation of nature. 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. If your little ones decide to ditch the stroller and walk, they can use this to keep track of the miles they hike.
George Washington Memorial Pkwy northbound lanes between Roosevelt Bridge and Key Bridge (Arlington, Va)
Georgetown Waterfront Park
With all phases of the Georgetown Waterfront Park finally completed, this is one of the city’s most scenic parks. Enjoy wide paths with beautiful views of the Potomac River, and D.C. skyline. Not only do you get idyllic panoramas but you can also enjoy the serenity of walking along the water’s edge. Stroll along the riverfront promenade, or walk along the paved paths that crisscross the park. From labyrinths to rain gardens to beautiful trees and flowers, there is something for everyone at the Georgetown Waterfront Park. And if the heat gets to you and the kids, the modern arching fountain at the park’s entrance sprays water to keep everyone cool!
31st St. to Wisconsin Av., NW (Georgetown)
Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD Trail)
Built on the roadbed of the former Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, the W&OD Trail runs 45 miles from Shirlington to Purcellville in Northern Virginia. There are numerous access points with parking, or users can simply walk on or off at a point of their choosing. You can catch it at different points throughout NOVA including Vienna, Reston, Leesburg and Ashburn. It’s fun because you make your way through cities and towns, over creeks and waterways. Looking for Playgrounds? Several can be found right off the trail in Purcellville and two small playgrounds next to each other west of Lee Highway on the Arlington/Falls Church line.
I-395 to the Shirlington exit and turn left on South Four Mile Run Dr.
Glen Echo Park is a great place to take a leisurely walk. There’s lots of land to cover and the gorgeous Art Deco décor is aesthetically beautiful to see. In the 1890s, it began as a Chautauqua retreat and soon became the premier D.C. area amusement park, until 1968. The government acquired the land and the National Park Service teamed up with artists and arts organizations to create robust arts programming on the park grounds. After your stroller stroll through the past, enjoy a ride on the recently restored and magnificent Dentzel carousel.
7300 MacArthur Blvd. (Glen Echo, Md)
Where do you go for a stroller stroll? Tell us in the comments below.