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Where to Play on the Weekdays: May 8-12

Hains Point has play options for all ages

Hains Point has play options for all ages



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Monday – Hang out at Hains Point! Play, picnic, and enjoy the surrounding scenery at locale where the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers converge. Head all the way down, almost to the tip of the park, to reach the playgrounds. They’re set amid a large grassy area with picnic tables and restrooms right there, too. And the spot offers great views of the rivers and airplanes taking off and landing at DCA. Admission is free.

Tuesday – Visit the animals, roam the lovely grounds, check out exhibits of old farm machinery and local history, and enjoy activities in the Visitors Center at Oxon Hill Farm in Maryland. Hours are 8am – 4:30pm, and admission is free.

Wednesday – Explore contemporary art through stories and movement at STORYTIME+, the Hirshhorn Museum’s weekly program for little ones. This session will celebrate Mother’s Day as museum staff read Ann Herbert Scott’s On Mother’s Lap to the children, then introduce them to the sculpture Evocation of a Form: Human, Lunar, Spectral by Jean Arp. After that, they’ll create art for mom’s special day ahead.

Thursday – Shake those sillies out with the Boogie Babes as they bring kiddie entertainment to Eastern Market at 10:30am. Mr. Skip will get little ones dancing along as he strums fun tunes. Admission is $6/child, and siblings 6 months and under are free. Plan on lunch after the show — there are lots of options at the market or nearby for a tasty bite.

Friday – Wander around the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria. Stop by the art center’s many galleries to view all kinds of works in a variety of mediums — you may even see the artists, too! Plan to grab lunch in the area at one of the many dining options nearby. Take a stroll by the waterfront for scenic views and boat watching, then head to Armory Tot Lot a few blocks away, for some playground fun.


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Activities & Events Around DC to Help Make Mother’s Day Extra Special

Last Mother's Day with my loves at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis

Last Mother’s Day with my loves at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis



Moms’ big day is right around the corner, and it’s an occasion worth making extra special plans for — in my totally unbiased opinion, anyway. 😉 There are so many great ways to spend it (and prep for it), from activities and offerings especially for the day to special events that happen to coincide with the date. I’ve compiled a selection for you here and added in some of my own ideas, all coming from experience, that make for excellent celebrations. I hope they help make the day as fabulous as all the moms! Happy Mother’s Day!

Baking for Mom
Where: Williams-Sonoma Stores | Around the DMV
When: May 6, 10am
Admission:

Kids ages 8-13 can prep for Mother’s Day by with a fun baking lesson from Williams-Sonoma, part of their Junior Chef Classes. They’ll teach participants to bake like a pro and create a dessert that is perfect for Mom. Contact your local store for more information and to register.

Children’s Ball
Where: Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: May 13, 10am – 12pm & 1-3pm
Admission: $15/adult & child together, $10 members

It may be called a Children’s Ball, but this event for the whole family will make it a special Mother’s Day weekend at the Textile Museum. Dress in your best and enjoy fun and fancy treats, dancing beats by GW Ballroom, and a kid-centered visit to the exhibition Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. There are two time slots for this, 10am – 12pm and 1-3pm. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Register online or call 202.994.7394.

Milkshake Celebrates Moms Concert
Where: Creative Alliance | Baltimore, MD
When: May 13, 12pm
Admission: $10/non-members, $8/members (+$3 at door) free for 2 and under

The Milkshake Band is hosting a mini-activist fair as part of their Celebrate Moms Concert. Kids can have their face painted, make Mother’s Day cards for mom, and even get their picture taken with Moo, Milkshake’s mascot. Every mom will get a flower and some chocolates, and Moms can also connect with some great non-profit organizations. Bring a diaper and/or diaper ointment donation for Share Baby and get a free Milkshake CD!

Savor the Day
Where: Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards
When: May 13-14
Admission: $10/over 21, $5/under 21

Head to the vineyard in Davidson, MD, for an afternoon of wine, food, and live music. Mother’s Day weekend is an official ticketed event at Sugarloaf for the first time ever, so if you’re a party over 4 people, be sure to make reservations in advance. Live music will last an hour longer then usual, and Atlantic Smokers will be there with delicious food! Sweet and Savory of Middletown will have mouth watering desserts for sale as well. Admission includes a souvenir glass and a glass of wine. Infants and stroller age toddlers are free. Be sure to read the rules about what you can and cannot bring before you go. Read more about Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards, in this KFDC post.

Mother’s Day on the Farm
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: May 13-14
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child

Why buy roses when you can buy Mom something as unique as a fresh bundle of asparagus? May is the peak month for Asparagus and it will be fresh and full of flavor. (FYI: PYO strawberries are also available now!) And Great Country has a terrific sprawling play area, while the kids are having a blast there, Mom can enjoy shopping in the Farm Market, which is stocked with jams & jellies, local meats, baked goods, and great gift ideas. Or she can simply relax over lunch and a roasted asparagus flatbread from the Roosteraunt concession stand. Each visiting mom will also receive a Chocolate Dipped Strawberry to thank her for her love, patience, and nurturing in raising the next generation.

Mother’s Day at Mount Vernon
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: May 13-14
Admission: $18/adult, $9/ages 6-11, free for 5 and under (online rates)

Join the Mother of our Country, Martha Washington, for special Mother’s Day activities at Mount Vernon, her digs with George back in the day. Stroll through the magnificent gardens in bloom and enjoy a tour of the mansion grounds through the eyes of Patty Peters, Martha’s granddaughter. Moms will also receive a lavender sachet from Lady Washington while supplies last.

DC Green Festival – Discount for Moms
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mt. Vernon Square, DC
When: May 13-14
Admission: $12/one day, $22/weekend (before discount)

Go green and enjoy family time with a special discount for moms at the nation’s premier sustainability event. As a Mother’s Day treat, moms get 50% off admission (kids 16 and under are free). Explore over 250 exhibitors, hear from inspirational speakers, indulge in delicious vegan or vegetarian food, and the PG County Parks and Recreation Family Fun Pavilion will host interactive educational activities and entertainment for kids all day.

Wings of Fancy
Where: Brookside Gardens | Wheaton, MD
When: Through September 17
Admission: $8/adult, $5/child

Celebrate the day in a beautiful place with an activity the whole family will enjoy. At the the wonderful Wings of Fancy exhibit, walk amid a garden of butterflies in the annual display of live butterflies and caterpillars from all over the world. It’s a guaranteed delight for all ages. Stay to explore the rest of Brookside’s lovely grounds and be sure make time to play in the adorable Children’s Garden. Read more about the exhibit in this KFDC post.

Family Style Tasting Menu
Where: Joselito Casa de Comidas | Capitol Hill, DC
When: May 14
Admission: Cost of meal

My new favorite neighborhood restaurant is offering a special tasting menu for Mother’s Day! Joselito, located on Capitol Hill, serves delicious Spanish cuisine in a lively, warm and welcoming setting. They recently debuted brunch, and a kids’ menu is on the way — though their regular menu has dishes that make patrons of all ages happy. Bring the whole fam or make it a moms’ meal out — you’re in for a treat no matter what! The tasting menu is $50/adult ($80 with wine pairings), and kids can order from the a la carte menu. I recommend making reservations, as they often book up (and let them know where you heard about it!).

A Day at the Ballpark
Where: Nationals Park | Navy Yard, DC
When: May 14
Admission:Ticket prices vary

For mommas who are Nats fans, catch a baseball game with the fam! The Phillies will be in town for the weekend, and Sunday’s game will include a carnation giveaway for the first 5,000 fans to arrive. Unfortunately, the special Mother’s Day brunch is already sold out, but for a lot of us moms, a ballpark hotdog, a beer, and a fun outing with our favorite people will do just as well.

Mother’s Day on the Patuxent
Where: Solomons Island, MD
When: Mother’s Day weekend (or anytime)
Admission: Rates vary by boat & time

This isn’t an event, per se, but a really great way we celebrated Mother’s Day with friends a few years ago. A pontoon boat outing on the Patuxent River was a super fun and relaxing time for all. Pack a cooler, don the swimsuits, slather on sunscreen, and get ready for a fantastic day on the water.

Go with the Flow
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

For other Mother’s Day adventures on the water, a bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and stand up paddleboards. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go and has a great riverside area to hang out and picnic when you’re off the water. You can also row from Ballpark Boathouse then picnic and play at Yards Park. We spent a fantastic Mother’s Day last year at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis — with lots of options for outdoor recreation along with paddling, it’s particularly awesome. This post has of round-up of even more places to cruise the local waterways.

DC Bike Ride
Where: Throughout Washington, DC
When: May 14, 8am – 1pm
Admission: $70/ages 8 and up, $50/ Girl Scouts, free for 7 and under

Celebrate the day, our communities and amazing city, and life on two wheels! In its second year, the DC Bike Ride is a closed-roads, car-free, 20-mile bike ride through DC. The inaugural ride had over 7,000 participants and raised more than $38,000, and this year they hope to do even better. There will be entertainment on the course for a lively atmosphere, plus kids ages 3-7 ride for free (though they need to be in a bike seat, tagalong, trailer, or tandem). Admission fee includes a sling backpack. There is also a VIP entry for $125 that inclues a tech half zip pullover, guaranteed first corral, & lunch.

Do Some Garden-ing
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Instead of bringing flowers to mom, take her to them instead! With the bloom season upon us, and landscapes bursting with color, a visit to a garden is a fantastic outing, especially when there’s often more to do than just look at the plants and flowers. Explore and play at the National Arboretum, wander around Green Spring Gardens on a scavenger hunt, venture out to the gorgeous Meadowlark Botanical Garden, relish in the peace at the Brookland Monastery, stroll among the many multi-tiered plats at Dumbarton Oaks, or stop and smell the roses (and more) at the U.S. Botanic Garden. You can bring along a picnic to many of these places and make it a whole day’s outing.

Mother’s Day Campfire
Where: Burke Lake Park | Burke, VA
When: May 14, 6-7:30pm
Admission: $8

Enjoy a campfire at Burke Lake Park with mom and investigate the hard work that goes into raising the young and toast marshmallows around the campfire. Register an adult with any registered child. For ages 4 and up.

Mother’s Day Walk & Draw
Where: The Lemon Bowl & Nearby Streets | Georgia Ave., DC
When: May 14, 10am – 12:30pm
Admission: $45/individual, $80/pair

Moms and kids can channel their inner artists at this Learning to Travel Sketch: Walk & Draw workshop. Taught by DC architect Lindsey May, the class will meet for 30 minutes at the Lemon Bowl for a sketching intro, then walk to nearby landmarks and practice sketching architectural features in en plein air (a fancy way to say ‘in the outside open-ness of real fresh air), doing a guided sketch exercise, then individual sketching. Admission fee includes everything you will need for a successful travel sketching afternoon including notebook, pens, a sketching tutorial, and hands on assistance in the field. The Lemon Bowl is located at 3015 Georgia Avenue NW.

Family Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: May 14, 11am
Admission: $19.50/adult, $17.50/child

For moms who love some sleuthing (a penchant for Harry Potter helps, too), the next Wizard School Scavenger Hunt by Watson Adventures happens to fall on Mother’s Day. The fun, unique activity for families has you on a mission competing against other team to find art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies, with the help of clever Harry Potter-themed clues. Spots are still left in the 11am session. And while the website says it’s for ages 10 and up, kids younger than that definitely can partake, too! This KFDC post has more about this awesome adventure.

Brunch & Bowl
Where: Pinstripes | Georgetown, DC
When: May 14
Admission: $36/adult, $15/ages 5-12, free for under 5 (bowling is extra!)

Dine and play on Mother’s Day! Treat mom to an expansive bottomless brunch fit for a queen with favorites like made-to-order omelets, carved prime rib and fresh shrimp, bagels with spreads and smoked salmon, and so much more. Moms will be especially encouraged to sit back and relax with mimosas and bloody Mary’s as the kids are taken care of at the ‘Kids Corner’ station with pizzas, chicken fingers, Mac and cheese and more. Stay for some family bowling (or bocce) after — be sure to reserve a lane in advance to ensure you get game time.

Kids in the Kitchen, Brunch, & Pampering
Where: Watergate Hotel | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: May 14
Admission: Varies by activity (see below)

Want to get fancy? The iconic hotel has special offerings for mom and kids on Mother’s Day. From 11am – 4pm, Executive Chef Michael Santoro will teach kids ages 6-12 how to impress their moms with a hands-on class, where each participant chooses from a three-course, kid-safe menu to bring home to their Mom, or right to their table at Kingbird ($25/child and includes the meal and printed recipes – call 202.827.1600 to sign up). If you want to do the brunch, it will be served at the Kingbird restaurant from 10:30am – 4:30pm, with options to suit every palate ($110/adult and $55/children ages of 5-12, 4 and under eat free – make a reservation through Open Table or 202.827.1600). After brunch, mmoms who have any mani/pedi or spa treatments booked are welcome to come to Argentta Spa with their families — children’s movies will be playing at the pool area from 1pm onward.

Free in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
When: May 14
Admission:

For adventurous moms who love the outdoors, particular being in the trees, an afternoon in the aerial adventure forest of the Adventure Park at Sandy Springs is the perfect way to spend the day — especially when mom’s admission is on them. Buy one ticket and get mom’s ticket free using the promo code MOM17. (FYI: This is one of my very favorite adventures in the area — read more about it here.)

Mother’s Day Pontoon Ride
Where: Black Hill Nature Programs | Boyds, MD
When: May 14, 6:30-8pm
Where: $6

Here’s a nice nature treat for moms who enjoy the outdoors. Take a sunset tour of Little Seneca Lake and enjoy the beauty all around with the people mom loves as you cruise the lake and look for nature activity. All participants must register in advance. Meet at the pontoon boat dock located by the boat rental area.

Walk in the Woods
Where: Around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Take a hike as you celebrate. See flowers in bloom, tramp in places with scenic views, walk and explore history at interesting locales, and enjoy a day of active fun. Bring along a picnic for lunch al fresco, too. A particular favorite for a special day is the hike from Riverbend Park to Great Falls. A day trip to Harpers Ferry would make a great outing, too. And this go-to KFDC post has even more recommendations for good places to hit the trail with kids.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: May 1-5

So much to marvel at in the Library of Congress

So much to marvel at in the Library of Congress



Monday – Visit the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress, to explore children’s books, see interesting exhibits, and marvel at one of DC’s most beautiful buildings. The Young Readers Center is open 9am – 4pm and welcomes visitors to read books and hang out in the cozy space. And be sure to spend time checking out the rest of the LOC, too — it’s truly magnificent! Hours are 9am – 4:30pm. Admission is free.

Tuesday – Get revved up for Strolling Thunder! Join parents and babies from across the country as they stroll on Capitol Hill urging Congress to Think Babies. Events will emphasize the importance of making our youngest children’s potential a national priority. The Stroll takes place at Upper Senate Park from 12:30-1:30pm.

If you prefer to keep the day non-political, go for a walk in the woods and explore the grounds of Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase. The home of the Audubon Naturalist Society is perfect for hiking with little ones. The trails are mellow, there are several small exhibits like bees nests and bird feeding areas, and wildlife sightings are practically guaranteed. Open dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

Wednesday – Explore the grounds and play in the gardens, particularly the Children’s Garden, at River Farm. The American Horticulture Society’s headquarters overlooking the Potomac River in Alexandria are as lovely as they are fun. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Thursday – Discover American Indian culture with all kinds of hands-on pursuits at imagiNATIONS, the family activity center at the National Museum of the American Indian. Weave a big basket, play in a teepee and models of native dwellings, do some arts & crafts, build an igloo, hear bird calls of the wild, read kids books in the library, and much more. Plan on lunch or a snack at the Mitsitam Cafe, where they serve indigenous cuisines of the Americas that are interesting and tasty! Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm (cafe 11am – 3pm). Admission is free.

Friday – Spend the day at Flower Mart, the annual spring festival presented by the All Hallow’s Guild of the National Cathedral. Don’t let the name fool ya — along with plant sales and floral and horticultural displays, there is tons of fun for all ages. Music and entertainment, games and rides, tasty foods, the All Hallows Guild antique carousel, and other activities will delight the younger set. Admission is free, though concessions and some activities will cost a fee. Read about one of our experiences at the fair. (KFDC tip: The Beauvoir Playground will be open to the public that day since The Cathedral School is closed, so take advantage of weekday play there!)


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: April 24-28

Butterflies return to Brookside Gardens this week

Butterflies return to Brookside Gardens this week



Monday – Rise + Rhyme at Busboys and Poets in Takoma or Hyattsville, MD. The weekly series welcomes children 5 and under with their caregivers to enjoy a morning of performances and stories from 9:30-11am. Admission is $5. Plan on breakfast, too — full service will be available while the little ones are grooving. (The series also takes place in Shirlington, VA, the last Tuesday of every month, which is this week!)

Tuesday – Let little ones bounce, climb, swing, tumble, and slide at the PG Sports & Learning Complex Gymnastics Center in Landover, MD. The hour-long weekly open play session begins at 11:30am, and admission is $7/child. (This also takes place on Wednesdays at 11:30am, Fridays at 4:30pm, and Saturdays at 1:30pm.)

Wednesday – Learn about the area’s wildlife, enjoy hands-on activities in the Nature Center, view the night sky, take a hike, and visit horses at Rock Creek Park. The Nature Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm, and admission is free. If you’re keen on seeing stars, there’s a planetarium show at 4pm. You can also visit the equine residents at the nearby Horse Center. (Pony rides are not offered on weekdays this time of year, but guests are welcome to stop by the stables.)

Thursday – Experience the wonderful Wings of Fancy exhibit at Brookside Gardens! Walk amid a garden of butterflies in the annual display of live butterflies and caterpillars from all over the world. It’s a guaranteed delight for all ages. The exhibit opens April 26 and runs through September 17. Hours are 10am – 4pm. Admission is $8/ages 13 and up, $5/3-12, free ages 0-2. Stay to explore the rest of Brookside’s lovely grounds and be sure make time to play in the adorable Children’s Garden. The gardens are open sunrise to sunset, and admission is free. Read about one of our experiences at the exhibit and Brookside.

Friday – Play the day away at Clemyjontri, the brilliantly colored, sprawling playground in McLean that accommodates kids of all abilities. Hours are 7am to dusk, and admission is free.


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Go with the Flow: Recreation on the Water in DC and Beyond

Exploring the Anacostia by canoe

Exploring the Anacostia by canoe



A great way to enjoy a warm weather day is on the water, where you can paddle (or pedal or sail or float or motor) as you take in the scenery and explore. There are a bunch of places around the DC area where you can do all of the above, and if you’ve been reading KFDC for awhile then you probably know we’ve enjoyed many of them. While some are detailed in individual posts, here’s a convenient round-up of them all along with a few more places where you can go with flow around DC.

* Boating in DC now runs many of the boathouses in DC and nearby, including Fletcher’s Boathouse, Ballpark Boathouse, Key Bridge Boathouse, National Harbor, Thompson Boat Center, the Tidal Basin, and Washington Sailing Marina. The website has general info on all of them, and more details are below.
Canoe | $25/hour
Single kayak | $16/hour
Double kayak | $20/hour
Rowboats | $14/hour or $25/day
Stand-Up Paddleboard | $22/hour
2-Person Pedal Boat | $18/hour
4-Person Boat | $30/hour
2-person Swan Boat | $34/hour

Flethcher’s Boathouse
Where: Just off the C&O, 4940 Canal Rd. NW
When: April through October
Rates: see above

Our go-to for paddling on the Potomac. Canoes, kayaks, row boats, and stand up paddleboards are available for rent for some fun on the river. Fletcher’s is also a great place to enjoy a picnic and Potomac views — an open grassy area includes grills, tables, and space to toss a Frisbee. If you can, get there by bike — just off the C&O tow path, it’s conveniently located for cyclers. Read more about Fletcher’s here.

Ballpark Boathouse
Where: Diamong Teague Park (next to Yards Park)
When: May 13 – Memorial Day
Rates: see above

Canoes and single and double kayaks are available. This paddling excursion on the Anacostia is more about the views from the water than the nature around it, since the area is very developed. You can get fresh perspectives of Nationals Park, Yards Park, and the Navy Yard, places most of us usually just see on land. Read more about Ballpark Boathouse in this KFDC post.

Key Bridge Boathouse
Where: Beneath the Key Bridge in Georgetown
When: April 15 through October
Rates: See above

They have canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, plus lessons, fitness classes and special tours. You can paddle, then enjoy even more fun at Georgetown Waterfront Park (play in the sprays!), which is a hop, skip, and jump away.

Tidal Basin Pedal
Where: DC Tidal Basin
When: April 15 through October
Rates: $18/hour 2-person boat, $30/hour 4-person boat, $34/hour 2-person Swan boat

Get a new view of DC and take in iconic sites as you pedal your way around the Tidal Basin. Pedal boats are for rent next to the Tidal Basin parking lot just off Maine Avenue.

National Harbor
Where: National Harbor, MD
When: May 6 through October 1
Rates: See above

Paddling and pedaling on the Potomac are just some of the many activities offered at National Harbor. You can also go for a spin on the Capital Wheel, ride a carousel, romp on the playground, eat at one of many restaurants, shop, and more. You may not want to do this all in one day — but you can if you do! Read more about water activities and more at National Harbor in this KFDC post.

Thompson Boat Center
Where: Washington Harbour
When: April 15 through October
Rates: See above

Located right next to the Washington Harbour, it’s a great place to put in for lovely views of the Kennedy Center and Georgetown from the water. Canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards are available.

Washington Sailing Marina
Where: Alexandria
When: April 30 through November
Rates: See above

If you want to set sail on the Potomac, you can rent a small sailing boat at this location. Kayaks and stand up paddleboards are here, too. It’s located right off the GW Parkway near DCA.

Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Where: Bladensburg, MD
When: April through October
Rates: See above

One of the better deals around. For $20/resident and $26/non-resident, you can rent canoes and kayaks to explore the Anacostia (and apparently you can paddle to the National Arboretum) for the whole day! They also offer pontoon boat tours on Thursdays & Fridays at 12pm, and Saturdays & Sundays at 5pm ($2/PG resident, $3/non-resident). Read more about Bladensburg Waterfront Park in this KFDC post.

Quiet Waters Park
Where: Annapolis
When: April through October
Rates: $15-20/hourly, $45-60/full day + $6/car admission

Enjoy paddling opportunities on the South River at this beautiful park in Annapolis. Be sure to take advantage of recreation on land too — you can hike, bike, check out art, picnic, and more!

Solomons Boat Rental
Where: Solomons Island
When: April through October
Rates: Start at $89/hour

Rent your own pontoon (or other motor powered boat) for an excursion on the Patuxent River. Located on Solomons Island, this outfitter rents in one, two, four, or eight hour blocks. Boats accommodate many people, so you can share the cost. Bring along food for a picnic on the water, and plan to jump in for some swimming, too! Read more about the experience in this KFDC post.

Seneca Creek State Park
Where: Gaithersburg, MD
When: Mid-May through Septeber
Rates: See below

It’s worth the drive from DC, not only because they have great paddling rates, but also because it’s a beautiful park with lots to do along with on-water fun. Hike, bike, play disc golf, enjoy an awesome tire playground, and so much more. And pontoon boat rides are offered Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and 4pm for $2 per person.
Boat rental rates:
Canoes and Rowboats | $8/hour or $28/4 hours
2 Person Pedal Boats | $8/hour or $28/4 hours
1 or 2 Person Kayaks | $9/hour or $32/4 hours
4 Person Pedal Boats | $12/hour or $40/4 hours

Pohick Bay Regional Park
Where: Lorton, VA
When: March 11 – October 9
Rates: Vary by vessel (see website)

Recommended by a KFDC reader (see below), they have kayaks, canoes, pedal boats and stand up paddle boards, and jon boats. Other activities at the park include hiking, playground fun, camping, mini and disc golf, and a swimming pool. (Sounds like we’re due for a visit!)

River Riders
Where: Harpers Ferry
When: Memorial-Labor Day, 8am – 6pm & Spring/Fall, 9am – 5pm
Rates: Start at $34,but vary by activity

If you want to take your water recreation up a notch, take a day trip or overnight out to West Virginia. With actual river rapids, they offer white water rafting and kayaking for exciting guided and self-guided adventure on the water. For more mellow fun, float down the Shenandoah or Potomac on a tubing trip.

* On Thursday evenings during late spring and summer, the Anacostia Watershed Society hosts free Paddle Nights and Boat Tours. Launching from different area parks from 5:30-7:30pm, paddlers can explore the river by kayaks and canoes, and those joining boat tours can enjoy the ride on an open air boat. Bladensburg Waterfront Park, Anacostia Park, Kenilworth, Diamond Teague Park, and Kingman Island are locations for these adventures.


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