Like many historic neighborhoods, this region was designed when pedestrian travel was common and is highly walkable with residences near destinations. The world's largest chair, a 19.5 foot sculpture, is also located in the commercial area.
Dog walkers in Anacostia should be prepared for occasional severe weather. Although not frequent, winter blizzards can occur and the remnant of hurricane systems can also affect the walkability of the area. Summers are hot and humid and frequently accompanied by severe thunderstorms. Avoid extreme heat which can cause heat-related illnesses and severe storms which are dangerous to people and pets.
Anacostia is a historic district and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many homes and buildings in the area date back to the 1800s and reflect the architecture of this period. There are single-family dwellings and townhouses in the region which is well landscaped. Natural areas along the river and, on the east side where a reservoir is located, provide trees and green spaces.
The area has separate sidewalks for pedestrians and the terrain is relatively level with no steep hills for you and your canine companion to climb when strolling the district.
Anacostia Park is located on the riverfront and is accessible on foot for residents who use pedestrian ways to cross the freeway located on the west side of Anacostia. There are trails along the riverfront for strolling with your pet, but watch out for cyclists who use the trail. This park has some unique features like an aquatic garden and roller skating facility. There are also more traditional pursuits like playgrounds, hiking trails, sports facilities and fields, and picnicking, boating, and fishing sites.
To the east of the neighborhood, there is a natural area located around the Anacostia Reservoir and adjacent to the Anacostia Playground. The playground has sports facilities and fields and some open areas.
The Ketcham Recreational Center is also located in the neighborhood and has open green spaces and paved paths for strolls. The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site has beautifully landscaped property with paved walking paths and large shady trees.