Summer Outdoor Adventures Close To DC
With camps canceled and the usual summer travel put on hold, summer 2020 is looking and feeling a little bit different than what we are used to. If after countless days at home, you're ready for a change of pace - you're definitely not alone! We’ve put together a list of nearby options for outdoor adventures, both in DC and beyond, that don’t require flights or hotels, and offer ways to have fun and stay cool this summer.
Kayaking and Paddleboarding in the Potomac
Boating in DC is open by reservation only at Key Bridge Boathouse, Thompson Boat Center, the Wharf Boathouse and Fletchers Boathouse. Options include kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing. Looking for a socially distanced way to see the fireworks up close? Check out their website for more details and to make a reservation. Weekend time slots fill up quickly so be sure to book in advance. Boating is dog friendly.
Sailing in Annapolis
Known as the sailing capital of the US, Annapolis is within an hour of DC and has several options for sailboat rentals and charters by the hour or the day.
Annapolis Sailing School (rentals)
South River Boat Rentals (rentals and charters)
Harpers Ferry WV
A few hours outside of DC is an outdoor adventure playground in Harpers Ferry. With mountains, rivers, and plenty of nature, Harpers Ferry has options for everyone both on the water and off.
River Riders family adventure resort offers rafting, tubing, ziplining and an aerial adventure park.
River & Trail Outfitters with white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, biking, hiking and ziplining, River & Trail has something for everyone.
If summer isn't the same without a little sand and sun, the DC area has several bayside beaches that can be a good option for getting outdoors without the crowds that you will find at the more popular oceanside destinations. Be sure to check on any changes in hours or other COVID related restrictions.