Washington, D.C.'s Top 10 : Outdoor Activities - Top 10 Spectator Sports

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  1. Boating

    Thompson Boat Center in Georgetown rents kayaks and canoes to reach Roosevelt Island and tour the waterfront. The Washington Sailing Marina rents sailboats for excursions on the Potomac. Call about certification requirements.

    Thompson Boat Center

    • 2900 Virginia Ave, NW

    • 202 333 9543

    • Open 9am–6pm daily

    Washington Sailing Marina

    • 1 Marina Drive, Alexandria, VA

    • 703 548 9027

    • Open 10am–5pm daily

  2. In-Line Skating

    Rock Creek Park has been named one of the top 10 sites in the nation for in-line skating, but most bike trails allow skaters as well. You can rent skates and protective gear from one of the numerous in-line skating companies in the area.

    In-line skaters
  3. Running

    Runners are everywhere in Washington. The Mall is popular, as are the walkways around the Tidal Basin, Georgetown Waterfront, the C&O Canal, and Rock Creek Park.

  4. Cycling

    Both Thompson Boat Center and the Washington Sailing Marina rent bicycles. The C&O Canal towpath is easy to reach and very scenic. Another favorite route is the Mount Vernon Trail along the George Washington Parkway to Mount Vernon. Bike the Sites offers tours and rentals.

    Bike the Sites

  5. Golf

    There are over 100 golf courses in the vicinity. The famed Congressional Country Club private course in Bethesda is one of the most historic in the world. The East Potomac Park course is public, as is the Rock Creek Park Golf Course. Langston Golf Course was among the first African-American courses in the US.

    East Potomac Park

    • 972 Ohio Drive, SW (Hain’s Point)

    Rock Creek Park Golf Course

    • 16th St & Rittenhouse Rd, NW

    Langston Golf Course

    • 26th St at Benning Rd, NE

  6. Hiking

    The 4-mile (7-km) Western Ridge Trail and the 5-mile (8-km) Valley Trail, both in Rock Creek Park, are scenic and gentle. The 11.5-mile (18.5-km) Capital Crescent Trail follows the old B&O Railroad route through Georgetown north to Bethesda. Trail information is available at

  7. Informal Team Sports

    Volleyball, dodge ball, rugby, softball, team Frisbee, and even polo are played on various fields at the western end of the Mall.

  8. Tennis

    The East Potomac Park Tennis Center is operated by the National Park Service. Indoor and outdoor courts are available.

    East Potomac Park Tennis Center

    • Ohio Drive, SW

  9. Horseback Riding

    The Rock Creek Park Horse Center provides scheduled trail rides and riding lessons for all levels. No experience is necessary for the guided rides, and the center provides the required helmet and other necessary equipment.

    Rock Creek Horse Center

    • 5100 Glover Rd, NW (at Hain’s Point)

  10. Climbing

    The city of Rockville has a climbing gym in its Civic Center Park.

Top 10 Spectator Sports

  1. Washington Redskins

    The National Football League Redskins are a year-round obsession. Games are at FedEx Field in Maryland. No single-game tickets are sold.

  2. Washington Wizards

    The National Basketball Association team plays at the Verizon Center. Buy tickets at the box office.

  3. Washington Capitals

    The National Hockey League team plays home games at the Verizon Center.

  4. DC United

    Robert F. Kennedy Stadium is home to professional soccer.

    Robert F. Kennedy Stadium

    • 2400 E Capitol St, SE

    • 202 547 9077

  5. Baseball

    American League baseball at Nationals Park in D.C., and Camden Yards in Baltimore.

  6. Washington Mystics

    The women’s basketball professional league plays home games at the Verizon Center.

  7. Washington Freedom

    Professional women’s soccer draws young fans to the RFK Stadium.

  8. Georgetown University Basketball

    Fast-paced action at the Verizon Center.

  9. University of Maryland Athletics

    ACC champion football and national basketball teams lead a varied program.

    • College Park, MD

    • 202-397-SEAT

  10. Naval Academy Football

    The spectacle and tradition at these games is unmatched. Schedule and ticket info: 800 US4 NAVY or 410 293 2700.

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