DC

Find your lake retreat at Seneca Creek and Black Hill

Best time to go: 04/01 - 09/30  

Just half an hour north of DC are two public lakeside retreats with playgrounds, boat rentals, picnic areas, and an abundance of history and natural attractions. Seneca Creek is the closest park to the city (less than half an hour from downtown) and has shady picnic spots and a lovely lake with a perimeter trail. …

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Golf at Hains Point

If you’re looking for an inexpensive place to pick up your game, head over to the 18-hole course at Hains Point. Named for the Army Corps of Engineers Colonel who designated it as a the landfill from Potomac dredging operations, this man-made island is flat and often cooler than the rest of the city due …

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Go on a Safari in suburban Virginia

During the pandemic, we were missing other, unmasked faces. So we headed out to Roer’s Zoofari, in Reston, Virginia. I didn’t think Zoofari was overselling the place. Roer’s has a petting zoo with goats, kangaroos, cheetah, and lemurs. It also features a driving tour through fields of llamas, ostrich and buffalo. The animals are exotic …

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10 Best Sledding Hills Near DC

Best time to go: 01/01 - 02/15  

Julia will happily spend an hour on her favorite sledding hill in Bluemont Park. The moment her skin touches the snow, though, she’ll inform anyone who will listen that she has broken her arm and needs to go to the hospital immediately. Choosing a good sled hill means finding something that works for both the daredevils and those with more delicate constitutions.

The Huntley Meadows Boardwalk Trail is the best place to observe migrating waterfowl and other birds.

Go Birding on the Huntley Meadows Boardwalk

Best time to go: 03/01 - 11/15  

Huntley Meadows is one of my favorite bird sanctuaries, and it is less than half an hour’s drive from most of the DC area. Skip to: Trailmap | Hours | Mansion One of the most interesting parts of the park is where the park opens onto the marshland just beyond the visitor center. If you …

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A peacock struts in the Frying Pan Park barnyard.

Take your sweet time at Frying Pan Park

Best time to go: 08/01 - 11/15  

Frying Pan Park is an exhibition farm in Fairfax County, VA. Although it is best known as the location of the annual 4-H Fair in mid-summer, there’s plenty to do year-round. The antique carousel and live animals are both a short walk from the parking lot. We always enjoy peeping in the henhouse, and the …

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