Time to Play: Outdoor Adventures & Professional Sports

Whether you’re looking to get out and play in the region’s mountains and waterways or you want to join the local fans in cheering on their favourite professional sports team, there’s plenty of fun to be enjoyed in America’s Capital Region.

Shenandoah National Park
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
Canoe slalom in Maryland
Adventure Sports Center International
NASCAR at Richmond International Raceway
Richmond International Raceway
The National Arboretum, Washington, DC
Canoe slalom in Maryland
NASCAR at Richmond International Raceway

From Atlantic Coast beaches and the Chesapeake Bay to scenic national parks and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Capital Region offers abundant opportunities for adventure in all four seasons. Water enthusiasts will delight in the region’s 200 miles of waterways, from the Chesapeake Bay to hundreds of miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean.

If it’s spectator sports you’re looking for, the Capital Region is home to many professional sports teams and large venues to house enthusiastic fans. With six professional teams in DC alone, it’s easy to catch a sporting event.

Washington, DC

Tour the Monuments by Water

Tour DC’s monuments and memorials by water with kayak, canoe and stand up paddleboard rentals from Key Bridge Boathouse. Experience the tranquility of floating on the water combined with breathtaking views of the monuments, the wildlife on Teddy Roosevelt Island and the Georgetown Waterfront. Bring a picnic for a post-paddle lunch by the water. Twilight  Paddles and Paddleboard Fitness & Yoga tours also available.

Moonlight Hike

If there’s a full moon, head to the National Arboretum for a moonlight hike. The Arboretum offers several hikes each month following the full moon. An Arboretum staff member leads hikers on a five-mile trek through the 444-acre park tucked away in the northeastern corner of DC. On the two-hour guided tour, hikers travel past scenic woodlands, often catching a glimpse of the creatures who venture out after dark. The paved trail also rambles past a magnificent set of Corinthian columns that were once part of the East Portico of the US Capitol.

DC United Soccer

A winner of 13 domestic and international trophies, DC United is the most succesful team in United States soccer history. The team has played its home games at RFK Stadium since 1996, an historic stadium where the Washington Redskins, Washington Senators and Washington Nationals have all played at one time during its 50-plus years. Arrive early to join the tailgating experience with DC United's most loyal fans, The Screaming Eagles.

Maryland

Mountaintop Whitewater 

Adventure Sports Center International at Maryland’s Deep Creek Lake - the world’s only mountaintop white water course – is a must see for whitewater enthusiasts. With beginner’s kayak instruction, whitewater rafting, river boarding, and private boating for experienced paddlers, ASCI has thrills for every skill level. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, biking, rock climbing and rappelling around the mountain top and throughout the surrounding 550 acre protected Fork Run Recreation Area.

Snow Sports at Wisp Resort

For winter adventures, head to Wisp Resort in the mountains of western Maryland. With a “world renowned” energy efficient snowmaking system and over 100 inches of annual snowfall, the resort’s 172 acres of ski terrain provides snow sports enthusiasts a stellar winter playground. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, visitors can enjoy snowshoeing, snowmobiling, golfing, zip line courses and more.

Baltimore Orioles Baseball

Take in an all-American baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The one-time railroad center is located near the City's Inner Harbor and only two blocks from the birthplace of baseball's most legendary hero, "Babe" Ruth. The retro-styled baseball park offers plenty of modern amenities and has inspired similarly designed stadiums around the country.

Virginia

"Soar the Shore"

Glide above the scenic Eastern Shore of Virginia with Eastern Shore Hang Gliding Center. “Soar the Shore” during a tandem hang gliding tour. The Center offers introductory tandem hang gliding classes to prepare you for a 15-35 minute flight soaring 2,500-4,000 feet above the shoreline. Relive the adventure with family and friends with the Center’s in-flight videos and photos from your experience.

Shenandoah National Park

Explore Shenandoah National Park and its 500 miles of trails, dramatic waterfalls and nearby caves. The park covers the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for over seventy five miles and includes the scenic 105-mile long Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway. Hike along the renowned Appalachian National Scenic Trail where people of all ages and abilities enjoy short walks, day hikes and long-distance backpacking journeys.

NASCAR 

For some high-energy fun, see NASCAR racing at Richmond International Raceway. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in motorsports, the raceway hosts major US racing events such as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, boasting a unique layout which produces exciting side-by-side racing. Arrive early to tailgate with the fans, walk the track prior to the race, and shop for souvenirs on The Midway.      

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