Riverbend Park’s visitor center has a snack bar that offers drinks, ice cream, and other refreshments. A small gift shop has nature books, nature items, maps, fishing tackle and souvenirs. There are self-guided activities for children, an information desk, live animal displays, and natural and cultural exhibits. The feature exhibit in the building is an excellent display of Native American life along the Potomac River. A naturalist is available to answer questions during open hours. There is a deck with chairs and tables outside the center, and there are lovely views of the river from that spot. It’s an ideal place to rest and have a snack after a hike. There are also riverside picnic areas near the visitor center. Restrooms are located on the visitor center deck.
Self-guided activities available during open hours at the visitor include corn hole and a scavenger hunt. The corn hole game rental cost is $5 for two hours or $10 for all day. It’s a good idea to call ahead and reserve the equipment. The scavenger hunt packet has clues that lead you through the park in search of facts about nature. There’s a short form for use in the picnic area and a longer form that guides you on a hike through the park. Both can be used by individuals, families or groups. No reservations are needed for the scavenger hunt. The cost for materials is $1.
The park has a separate nature center that generally is not open to the public. It is used for programs and can be rented by calling the park at 703-759-9018. A designated picnic area and picnic pavilion are available for rent by calling 703-324-8732.