Whenever anyone mentions outings and water in this area, some of the places I immediately think of are Annapolis, Georgetown, National & Baltimore Harbors, and Hains Point. I’m sure you could come up with a few of your own. But, my guess is that Bladensburg would not be one of them. It certainly wasn’t for me. However, once I heard about the Bladensburg Waterfront Park, I had to visit.
Families can not actually get very close to the water (and believe me, from the looks of it, that’s a good thing) so the bridge is the best way to see the beauty of the Anacostia River.
Overall, I think families would really enjoy an outing to this hidden oasis. Their website also says that they offer fishing and canoe paddling lessons so if you have a little one who loves the water and outdoors, this is the perfect place!