Nature & Outdoors

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

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
4 Bike Trails to Explore 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
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
14 National Parks to Explore In & Around Washington, DC

The nation’s capital and surrounding areas boast a diverse range of national parks, which of course includes the National Mall and its famous monuments and memorials in the heart of the District (known as the National Mall and Memorial Parks). Any local adventurer knows that a visit to the National...

@mcdubs88 - Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool at Sunset - Memorials in 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
11 Exciting Things to Do On & Around the Water in Capitol Riverfront

An urban riverfront neighborhood is a rare find, but that’s the beauty of Capitol Riverfront . Set along nearly two miles of the beautiful Anacostia River, this fast-growing neighborhood provides waterfront activities for all ages during the warmer months of the year. The river gives visitors an...

Children playing in Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront - Things to do on the water in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Outdoor Activities in Washington, DC

You will have no issue finding free outdoor activities in DC. From hiking and running trails such as the Billy Goat Trail in Great Falls Park to awesome places like Rock Creek Park, there are so many things to do outdoors in the nation’s capital, including activities just for kids. Check out some...

Free Outdoor Activities and Things to Do in Washington, DC - Runners at sunrise on the National Mall
6 Organized Races & Marathons to Check Out in Washington, DC

Whether you’re a serious runner or like to stay active while having fun with friends, DC has great organized race options for all fitness levels.

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon runners - Top organized races and marathons in Washington, DC
15 Great Spots to Watch the Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, DC

Watching the fireworks is one of the highlights of DC’s Fourth of July celebrations, and there plenty of interesting sites from which to view them. However, 2020 presents a different set of circumstances due to COVID-19. DC is currently in Phase Two of reopening. You can watch and listen to DC...

Best spots to watch the Fourth of July fireworks in Washington, DC - Fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument
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