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Georgetown Waterfront was an industrial area bustling with lumber and cement factories. However, due to the efforts and suggestions of National Capital Planning Commission, Georgetown Waterfront Park has now been developed. The grassy place offers panoramic views of the Kennedy Center and the Key Bridge against the back-drop of the enormous skyline. Also worth experiencing are the park's various mini attractions like the River Steps, Labyrinth and Fountain. Visitors to the park can spend their time biking or walking around the park or simply taking in the spectacular views.
Harbour Belle, one of the fleets of DC Cruises, takes you on a breathtaking ride on Washington's waterfront. As you cruise along, you can take in the views of some of the famous monuments of the city. The upper deck of the ship is a great spot to dance the night away on peppy DJ-spun music. The charter can be hired for $900 per hour and is ideal for receptions and private parties.
This Potomac River island is an apt memorial to the conservation-minded Teddy Roosevelt, the nation's 26th president. The 88-acre wildlife refuge can be explored along winding footpaths. In a clearing at the island's center stands a 22-foot bronze statue of Roosevelt, accompanied by inscriptions of his eloquent thoughts on nature and conservation. Access the island from Virginia via George Washington Memorial Parkway. A pedestrian bridge connects the island to a parking lot on the Virginia shoreline.
Nestled in the northern part of the city, James Hunter Park is a serene picnic spot, very popular as a dog-friendly park with designated area for pets. It was established in the memory of James B. Hunter III, who served as the state county board official between 1990 and 1997. The park is also home to some beautiful gardens, open terraces and water fountains.
Franciscan Monastery, a century-old monastery is one of Washington DC's hidden delights. The garden, set on a hillside and reached by winding paths, is full of big trees and places to sit quietly among the flowers and small outdoor shrines. The public is allowed to view the upper church's full-scale replicas of Holy Land shrines. In the lower church, visitors will find a replica of the Roman catacombs, which can only be seen on scheduled tours. Guided tours last about 45 minutes.
Mount St. Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery dates back to the late years of the 19th Century. The monastery gardens are managed by the Garden Guild of the monastery. The guild was set up to protect and develop the beautiful gardens in adherence to the Franciscan norms. The gardens are home to lush rose plantations of different species. Replicas of popular shrines and grottoes are also found here. Of noteworthy importance is the mock tomb of Saint Jude and the a representation of the Stations of the Cross.