WASHINGTON — Just steps away from George Washington Memorial Parkway is Theodore Roosevelt Island. It’s a place people in the DMV can go locally to unplug and connect with nature.
Park guide Janet Greene said walking across the bridge to the island allows you to take a break from the busyness of city life.
“As you walk across, all you see are these nice trees and the water,” Greene said. “And you can just leave all that behind."
The 88-acre island is the largest memorial to a president. It’s all a tribute to Theodore Roosevelt, who was considered an avid outdoorsman and conservationist.
“The health of nature is directly related to our health,” said Greene. “And he appreciated that throughout his life.”
There’s a lot to discover on Theodore Roosevelt Island. Some visitors rent kayaks or canoes from nearby rental shops to paddle the Potomac around the island. Many people come to get exercise on the trails, while others come to birdwatch and be immersed in nature
There are three environments to explore on the island: upland forest, swamp, and marsh. The diverse terrain allows explorers to discover something new with each visit.
“You can find a calm and relax,” said Greene.
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