Sports and Recreation

Rent a bike or boat near the Potomac River in the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The canal is 184.5 miles on the Potomac River's north bank. It begins in Georgetown and ends in Cumberland, Maryland. There are boat rides on the canal, hiking trails, biking, fishing with a license for those between 16 and 65, kayaking and horseback riding available.

In Rockville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. there is zip lining through the treetops of the Rock Creek Regional Park's Lake Needwood area. There are other activities among the treetops including rope ladders, Tarzan swings, bridges, trapezes and swings. Instructions for zip lining are given as well as all the equipment. Participants must be 10 years or older and at least four feet, seven inches tall.

Also in the Rock Creek Park is a horse center with full service equestrian facility. In NW Washington, D.C., there are horseback riding lessons, 25 miles of trails, pony rides and summer camps. The park extends 12 miles from the Potomac River to the border of Maryland and is a green oasis in the city of Washington. It also offers tennis, hiking, biking, rollerblading and free concerts.

The East Potomac Golf Course on Ohio Drive in SW Washington, D.C., was awarded by Golf Digest One of the Best Places to Play. It is part of the National Park System and has 36 holes. There is also a miniature golf course that was opened in 1930 that is the oldest continually running mini-golf course in the U.S. The course has a 100-bay driving range. It uses environmentally friendly maintenance practices and is a full-service golf facility.

There are 33 public swimming pools in Washington, D.C. including indoor and outdoor pools as well as lake swimming throughout the summer in nearby Maryland and Northern Virginia. There are also several water theme parks in the area including the Allentown Fitness and Splash Park in Fort Washington, Maryland. It has a 50-meter splash pool with slides, log walks, lily pads, a diving well with a one-meter board, a picnic area that has a volleyball court and snack bar. There is a wading pool for young children and a heated 25-yard, six lane indoor pool plus a hot tub, a Nautilus weight room, lockers, a cardiovascular room and two racquetball courts.

Six Flags America in Mitchellville, Maryland, has one of the biggest wave pools in the U.S as well as water slides, a lazy river and inner tube flumes. They also have a splash pool for young children.