Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the summertime! Here are some ideas on where to spend those lazy, hazy days of summer.
- The National Arboretum – The beautiful oasis in DC is over 400 acres of flowers, trails and of course, the National Capitol Columns. The columns are 22 Corinthian columns that were part of the original US Capitol. The guided tour Full Moon Hikes are a fun way to get out at night when the weather’s a bit cooler too—they’re due to come back in July pending coronavirus developments. The children’s garden area is a great place for kids to learn about gardening, composting and beekeeping. FREE admission, for more information on the arboretum, click here.
- Brookside Gardens – The Silver Spring, Maryland gardens are open daily free of charge. The gardens are open but with limited parking for social distancing purposes. The gardens are a great place to take a midday stroll to get out on a lunch break. FREE admission, for more information on the gardens, click here.
- Meridian Hill Park – If you live in DC and don’t own a car, Meridian Hill Park is perhaps the easiest outdoor venue to visit. The park offers a large array of places to sit and enjoy the world going by. The upper level includes a long lawn with benches, statues and trees. The lower level has a large fountain, known as the largest in North America. FREE, for more information on Meridian Hill Park, click here.
- The Winery at Bull Run – This Northern Virginia winery is located in Fairfax County. It’s known as the closest winery to DC and offers gorgeous, sweeping views of the Virginia countryside. As of June 2020, the winery is currently open to the public with outdoor seating only. Operating hours are currently Wednesday-Sunday 12-7 p.m. Free to visit, when tours resume they typically run $26.50-$36.50, for more information on the winery, click here.
- The Thompson Boat Center & Wharf Boathouse – The boating rental places feature everything you need for renting kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, sailboats, row boats and more. To meet social distancing guidelines, reservations are required for renting. Classes are offered throughout the week on rowing, sculling and sweeping when it is safe to hold them. Classes are $120-$225, rentals run $17-$22/hour, for more information on the Thompson Boat Center and the Wharf Boathouse click here.