Enjoy the Outdoors
Whether you live near Washington DC or the surrounding metro areas, there are many spring-time activities to choose from!
Experience the serenity of the monuments at sunrise. Start with the sun behind you at the Grant Memorial (just in front of the U.S. Capitol), and jog the 2 miles down to the Lincoln Memorial, passing the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial along the way.
Make a power play and start a game of Frisbee on the National Mall, or a game of volleyball at one of the pits at Potomac Park.
Grab your coat, scarf and hiking boots to trek your way down the C&O Canal Towpath, which traces the Potomac from Georgetown to Cumberland, MD.
Head to Gravelly Point, a park area off the George Washington Memorial Parkway and Mt. Vernon biking/hiking trail, to watch the planes take off from Reagan National Airport.
Let DC’s green space surprise you with a visit the National Arboretum. While you’re there, take in the beautiful spring colors and see the pillars from the original U.S. Capitol that was burned during the War of 1812.
Browse through the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden to take in art and fresh air at the same time. The garden features seating for visitors and a fountain that turns into an ice rink in the winter – so stay for awhile to cool down or warm up.
Rarely travel without Fido? Bring him to Lincoln Park on pet-friendly Capitol Hill to make nice with the neighborhood’s four-legged friends.
Spend just $5 per vehicle, or $3 a person if you go on bike via the C&O Canal Trail, to explore nature in Great Falls Park. These 800 acres of beautiful parkland with green space, cascading rapids and waterfalls are located just beyond the Beltway.
Discover a hidden treasure in Montrose Park, located between Dumbarton Oaks Park and Rock Creek Park (R St. NW, between 28th and 32nd Sts.), and make sure to stroll along Lovers’ Lane – a beautiful 18th-century cobblestone path.
Get into the spirit of Spring with flowers indoors!