Your Destination Guide to Washington DC

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Recreation

Recreation
Recreation

Okay, wow. And you thought DC was mainly a Mecca for history and political buffs. Look again, and look around, because DC is surrounded by so much natural beauty and so many resources that we can't even list them all. Yes, there are 300 parks and 75 playgrounds. But there are also tons of places to bike, hike, or picnic, as well as pretty much any other sport you might think of.

Washington DC | Recreation

Biking
  • Biking
  • The Washington DC area has become a great biking destination, with more than 800 miles of jogging and biking trails in the region.
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Horseback Riding at Rock Creek
Ice Skating
  • Ice Skating
  • The capital has many indoor rinks of varying size and two outdoor rinks open during the winter months: National Gallery of Art Ice Rink - Sculpture Garden Ice Rink at the National Gallery of Art is an extraordinary resource and a great experience.
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Kayaking and Canoeing
  • Kayaking and Canoeing
  • With two of the most beautiful bodies of water on the East Coast (the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal -- sometimes called the C&O Canal -- and the Potomac), Washington DC is an ideal location to spend a day kayaking or canoeing.
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Miniature Golfing
  • Miniature Golfing
  • It's true, Historic Washington DC is home to the country's oldest continuously operating miniature golf course. Featured in the National Register for Historic Places, East Potomac Miniature Golf Course is right in the middle of the city.
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Mule Drawn Canal Boat Rides
  • Mule Drawn Canal Boat Rides
  • The National Park Service operates one-hour long mule drawn canal boat rides at two locations along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in Washington, DC.
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Paddle Boating on the Tidal Basin
  • Paddle Boating on the Tidal Basin
  • You can view the Jefferson Memorial and other monuments from the water at the Tidal Basin by renting a Tidal Basin Paddle Boat. If the season is right, you might catch some cherry trees in bloom (late March/early April) during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
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Picnicking
  • Picnicking
  • The Washington DC metro area boasts 230,000 acres of parkland, providing a truly vast array of opportunities for picnicking or just getting away from urban activities.
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