Prepare for the most unforgettable summer to date
Summertime and the living is easy. Things are slowly opening up in DC but with museums and other attractions still closed, we’ve been spending more and more time outside.
This season of easygoing, laid-back living is chock-full of fun things to do. In the fun-loving spirit of this favorite time of year, we came up with a can’t-miss checklist for an unforgettable summer in DC's great outdoors. PSA: Be safe out there! Remember to wear a mask and social distance.
Explore “secret” parks and hidden gardens
Visit some less well-known, but still lovely, parks, gardens, and green spaces in DC.
Pick up a chef-prepared gourmet picnic
Where it comes to preparing the perfect picnic, skip the DIY approach and have a chef do all the prep for you with a portable to-go filled-to-the-brim picnic basket for your summer al fresco dining celebration.
Play a round at the oldest mini golf course in DC
Foooore! Hit the greens for 19 holes of miniature golf at the historic Hains Point mini-golf course. It's the oldest continuously operating miniature golf course in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's also the only outdoor mini-golf course in DC.
Get on a bike
Take your own personal tour of DC from the seat of a bike and see the city in a whole new light. Cycle the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which extends through many of D.C.’s residential neighborhoods, including NoMa, Brookland, Brightwood, and Takoma Park. There are also plenty of murals along the way thanks to POW! WOW! DC worth checking out. Or test your stamina with a circuit on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, one of the top five family-friendly bike rides in the D.C. area. The trail is approximately 20 miles long, circling around the Anacostia River and offering scenic views of the city and the nearby fauna. No bike? No problem. Capital Bikeshare makes it easy for everyone to ride.
Paddle boat around the Tidal Basin
Say goodbye to summer with a final ride on the Tidal Basin Paddle Boats. Paddle your way around the Tidal Basin for a waterfront view of the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. Heads up, Boating in DC is currently open by reservation only.
Disc golf anyone?
Never heard of disc golf? Allow us to introduce you. It’s a hybrid game that combines throwing a frisbee while using the rules of golf. You have probably seen the “baskets” at area parks, and wondered what they are for, well, now you know! To play disc golf, you simply follow the course. Some have signs and maps available at the first hole, while some courses are crude enough that you have to feel your way through. Aside from buying the discs, and an occasional fee if you play at a state park, it’s a low-cost activity. The game can be played solo, with a partner, or with a large group. It’s a chance to do something in the great outdoors while getting exercise, connecting with friends or making new ones.
Tap into nostalgic backyard fun
Unleash your inner child and turn your backyard, public green space or beach into a super fun zone with a myriad of games like bocce, cornhole or a giant Connect Four. You can rent your nostalgic faves for an hour or two, or longer, and have them picked up or delivered, leaving you more time to make the most of summer fun.
Use a smartphone app to locate hidden caches (usually small containers) in your neighborhood parks, out on trails and in many other locations where others in the geocaching community have hidden them. These days, instead of handling a cache, make a game out of seeing who can spot the cache first. When you get home, log your find online and make a note so you can go back when it’s safe again to sign the logbook and see what kind of interesting schwag the cache has inside. Geocaching.com has details on where to get the app, how to use it and where you can find caches near you.
Get suited up for Bubble Ball
Bubble Ball is like being in your own human bounce house where players wear inflatable suits that allow them to bounce off each other and fall on the ground without getting hurt. It's a hybrid of bumper cars, sumo wrestling, and ridiculousness! Some call it Bumper Ball, or Battle Balls; whatever you call it, it’s super fun!
Night at the drive-in movies
Gear up for a night of classic movies viewed from the comfort of your car!
Spend the day at the Wharf
If you’re missing spending time by the water, visit the Wharf, DC’s newest neighborhood for on-and-off water entertainment. Enjoy fresh seafood from the Fish Market and indulge in funnel cake and other sweet summertime treats as you stroll along the boardwalk. Relax or play outdoor games at ten acres of parks and open green spaces; watch the boats go by from the best seats in the house on the pier or from the big swing; or get out on the water on a reservations-only cruise, kayaks and paddleboards.
Grab fishing gear and spend your Fridays at Diamond Teague Park starting on July 17 from 5-8 PM. Hosted by Anacostia Riverkeeper, the fishing program will run weekly throughout August. All bait and gear will be provided. There will be extra precautions for social distancing and sanitizing this season.
Feel the beat of the drums
The 40 year tradition is still going strong in Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park. Each Sunday at 3 PM, the park is filled with drums, dance, and excitement. What started as a small group of African American drummers and dancers has evolved into a multicultural mix of tight-rope walkers,hula-hoopers,yogis, and jugglers.
Chill out and relax
There's nothing wrong with doing nothing sometimes. These are the lazy days of summer after all. Get a blanket, a good book and playlist tunes and find a shady spot to camp out.
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