SE DC Anacostia Walking Tour

This page provides details of our free Anacostia Walking Tour, including tips on directions, times and sights covered.


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Join us as we tour one of Washington DC’s first suburbs – Anacostia. Located East of the River in SE DC, Anacostia was founded as Uniontown in 1854 and still retains a lot of its working class architecture.

Led by Craig, whose lived east of the Anacostia for 50 years, we’ll explore the neighborhood’s history and development learning how it has and has not changed since the mid 19th century. 

Sights we see or talk about on the tour:

  • Anacostia River
  • 19th century homes
  • Historic Churches
  • The Big Chair
  • Hills of Anacostia
  • Frederick Douglass’ Cedar Hill (we see this from afar only)

Note: East of the River is part of DC, too and we want to share it with locals and tourists alike but we need to address safety “concerns”. We’ve never felt uncomfortable or unsafe on our visits to Anacostia – no more so than walking around any other part of a city. We hope that visiting Anacostia with a local guide will help everyone feel comfortable enough to show up and then discover this vibrant and welcoming community.

Stay after the tour for lunch at one of the local restaurants:

Or support local business such as our favorite:

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

When: View our Calendar

Where: Tour begins outside the Busboys & Poets Restaurant on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd SE in Anacostia (map)

Duration: Tour lasts approx. 1.5 hours. Total walking is about 1 miles.

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