Nature & Outdoors

Get outside and explore the natural side of Washington, DC with these outdoor activities and adventures.

DC On the Water: 13 Waterfront Activities & Things to Do in Washington, DC

The District’s two rivers, the Potomac and the Anacostia, shine brightly once the warm weather of spring and summer settles on the city. Fortunately for visitors, there are plenty of ways to explore Washington, DC’s waterfronts , with family-friendly outdoor recreation that include being both on...

Kayaking on the Capitol Riverfront - Family Friendly and Waterfront Activities in Washington, DC
4 Trails to Explore This Fall in Washington, DC

As DC’s gorgeous fall foliage sets in, it’s time to strap on your helmet, put air in the tires and embark on a two-wheeled adventure (with a mask in tow, of course) or set out on a peaceful trot. Below, we’ve detailed four must-ride/must-run/must-walk trails in the DC area, with the help of our...

DC Metropolitan Branch Trail
12 Amazing Boating Experiences You Need to Try on the Water in Washington, DC

As exciting waterfront destinations pull more visitors and locals closer and closer to the river, you might be surprised to know what’s waiting just beyond DC's shoreline. The area’s top boating and tour companies provide plenty of unique experiences on the water and there’s never been a better...

The best boating and on the water experiences in and around Washington, DC - Fourth of July fireworks over the Potomac River and National Mall
What's Open, Reopening, Closed and Canceled in Washington, DC

The coronavirus pandemic has affected events, attractions and other businesses throughout the Washington, DC area. The city is currently in Phase Two of recovery, which allows many businesses to reopen. Make sure to check out our list of reopened businesses and read below for more details on...

@brenntravels - Summer sunset over DC skyline flying into Reagan Airport - Best views of Washington, DC
10 Reasons to Participate in the 2020 DC Bike Ride

If you’re looking for fun activities in the District this spring, you’ve found a gem with DC Bike Ride , happening on Saturday, May 16. With a family-friendly course, DC Bike Ride became the biggest celebration of cycling in DC by offering a unique experience to its participants. If you need...

DC Bike Ride - Spring family-friendly event in Washington, DC
Where to Find Water Parks & Outdoor Pools In & Around Washington, DC

When planning your best summer ever in Washington, DC, you may want to include a relaxing trip to an outdoor pool or a day-long adventure at a water park near DC. No worries – we have you covered with some of the best options at your disposal, including outdoor public pools, splash parks and hotel...

View of the water park at Six Flags America's Hurricane Harbor - Water parks in and around Washington, DC
10 Great Running Trails & Jogging Routes in Washington, DC

When Pierre Charles L’Enfant laid out the city plans for the nation's capital, he included wide avenues, public squares and grand buildings. The District is also mostly flat and home to many trees, rivers, creeks and canals, making the city a runner’s dream. It's time to pound the pavement on these...

Best running trails and places to jog in Washington, DC - Man running in front of Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall
Where to Ice Skate in Washington, DC

DC’s year-round temps are pretty moderate, but during the winter – when cold Canadian winds whistle down the Potomac and Anacostia rivers – Washingtonians bundle up for a day (or a night) on the ice. Public ice skating rinks can be found in multiple neighborhoods in DC proper, so check out the best...

@jeremy.smythe - Nighttime winter ice skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden - Where to ice skate this winter in Washington, DC
10 Things to Do in Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park was founded in 1890 by the United States Congress as a recreational resource for the nation’s capital. These 1,800 acres cut a wide swath through Northwest Washington DC, providing a haven for people and wildlife. An oasis in a bustling city, most of Rock Creek Park consists of...

Rock Creek Park - Outdoor Activities & Things to Do - Washington, DC
Top Reasons to Participate in the 2020 United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon & Half Marathon

Rock DC in 2020 for a special edition event where the race will be entirely in the runner’s hands.

Runners taking part in the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon and Half Marathon