Perhaps one of the most monumentally influential spots in D.C that may not get recognized as often as most others like the White House or Capitol Hill is the Washington Navy Yard, one of the oldest operating Naval facilities in the country. Sometimes also referred to as ‘Near Southeast’, this military and U.S history hotspot is also a neighborhood in of itself, an actual community within Ward 6. Sitting along the Anacostia River, the entire region known as the ‘Washington Navy Yard’ is actually only ½ Navy Yard, the other half being a community with homes and businesses.
Over 16,000 employees, 2.2 million square feet of office space, and 218 years of history make this massively important D.C attraction exactly what it is: outstanding.
While visiting the actual historic Navy Yard you will see the Naval History Center, former shipyards, and even the ordinance plant of the U.S Navy. This, the oldest shore establishment in the Navy overall, currently holds the ceremonial and administrative center for the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations Home, headquarters for the Naval Sea Systems Command, and even the Marine Corps Institute. There is so much more operating out of this Navy Yard, however some of it is classified. Be sure to make time to visit Yards Park, a sprawling gorgeous green space filled with interactive history, as well as the U.S Navy Museum, which chronicles the history of the U.S Navy from the American Revolution to present day. Extra time set aside to enjoy a picnic lunch, explore the area by foot, or find a nearby restaurant is recommended with this stop, so wear comfortable walking shoes and be sure to bring your camera!