DC's Navy Yard
Navy Yard, once the host of the nation’s largest naval shipbuilding facility, is on the Anacostia River in Southeast Washington, DC. This earliest industrial neighborhood is bounded by the Anacostia River to the south, South Capitol Street to the west, and Interstate 695 to the north and east. Navy Yard, named for the Washington Navy Yard that comprises half its area, has been transformed from the home of a shipyard and ordinance plant to a bustling cosmopolitan area with outdoor activities, shopping, restaurants, and more.
Located on the green line at the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro stop, Navy Yard’s setting south of the US Capitol and on the waterfront provides the perfect setting for a wide variety of activities. Most visitors in Navy Yard are likely familiar with Nationals Park, which is the home ballpark for the Washington Nationals (go Nats!). Many people drop by the Bullpen, an open-air venue that serves beer and snacks before games. Soccer fans can take advantage of Audi Field, which is the local stadium for the DC United soccer team.
If sports aren’t for you, sit in the grass and enjoy the fountains and riverfront views from Yards Park. Head to Yards Park on Friday nights in the summertime for a free concert series. If fountains and water features aren’t enough, head to the Ballpark Boathouse to rent canoes and kayaks. After a day out on the water, head to the brewery Bluejacket for a specialty beer or stop by Ice Cream Jubilee to cool down with a couple scoops of ice cream. For fresh food and produce, stop by the Capitol Riverfront Market on Sundays from 9am-1pm May through September.