To cool down and relax, especially during DC's muggy summers, head to this riverside park. A favorite among locals, Hains ... More
To cool down and relax, especially during DC's muggy summers, head to this riverside park. A favorite among locals, Hains Point is a peninsula of land jutting out into the confluence of the Potomac River and the Washington Channel. Let the cross breezes revitalize you as you stroll along the river, picnic or take the kids to the playground. Best of all, kids love climbing "The Awakening"a huge statue of a man seemingly climbing up out of the ground.
Just a brief response to kazwaddle, who castigates DC government for letting The Awakening statue move. That was the fault of the National Park Service, not DC government. (Where did you even get that, it's on National Park Service land?) The artist loaned the statue to the Park Service and hoped for a permanent installation. But, the Park Service wouldn't guarantee that the statue would stay at Hains Point. After decades of wrangling, the artist sold the statue to Gaylord, the National Habor developes, which is now where it stands. So, boo National Park Service. Boo J. Seward Johnson (the artist who sold it). But, DC...this was NOT the city's fault.
Hains Point is good for a walk & running around, and has a great mini golf course. The classic picture of the huge arm reaching out of the ground is out-of-date, though - that sculpture "The Awakening" has been moved (shame on DC gov't). The park is still worth a visit.
My grandfather used to take my brothers, cousins, and I to "The Awakening" every year during the Cherry Blossoms. We loved going there and I did a report on the statue for my art class and recieved an "A". It is my favorite place to vist in D.C. mostly because of sentimental reasons especially since my grandfather passed away.
I would definitely recommend this to others because it is definitely a memory maker. It doesn't cost anything and it is always well worth the time every visit. I just wish I could get my cousins and myself there again like we used to and take pictures again.
My family and I are going back to D.C. this month. I went about 12 years ago while in HS and loved Hains Point! "The Awakening" sculpture was one of the most memorable parts of my trip. It was so incredible--I have to go back this time around.
The piece is very moving and awe-inspiring. If you are in D.C. don't miss this! I had never seen another sculpture like this and haven't since. It will take your breath away. Awesome!
Hains Point would be a pleasant spot for a picnic, pickup game of football, or a pleasant walk with some great views even if it didn't have "The Awakening." And, of course, "The Awakening" would be worth the visit even if it weren't for the other benefits of Hains Point. Best of all? It's free.
I still remember being a small boy and my father would put me in the mouth of this giant statue of a man escaping from the ground in "The Awakening". It's a great place to take photos and see a very creative intractable statue.
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