Comfort Inn Pentagon City
2480 South Glebe Rd. Bldg. 2
Arlington, VA 22206
Phone: (703) 682-5500
Fax: (703) 682-5505
Chinquapin Park Recreation Center boasts a year-round 25-meter indoor pool and diving well, aquatic sports and fitness classes, fitness rooms, saunas, fitness trail, nature trail, basketball and volleyball courts, lighted tennis courts, and racquetball courts. Of course, all of this activity works up an appetite, so try the Greenery—a full-service, on-site snack bar. This establishment also has birthday party packages available. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays guests can swim and have a meal in the party.
Arlington House once belonged to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, whose wife, Mary Custis, a great-granddaughter of George Washington, inherited the home. During the Civil War, Union troops made the house their headquarters. The home is furnished as it was when the Lees raised their seven children here. Park rangers dressed in period costume help dramatize the era. Enjoy a stunning view of Washington from the front of the hillside mansion. As the mansion is located within Arlington National Cemetery, visitors must either walk from the Visitor Center or join the Tourmobile Sightseeing tour of the cemetery.
To cool down and relax, especially during DC's muggy summers, head to this riverside park. A favorite among locals, Hains Point is a peninsula of land jutting out into the confluence of the Potomac River and the Washington Channel. Let the cross breezes revitalize you as you stroll along the river, picnic or take the kids to the playground. Best of all, kids love climbing "The Awakening"—a huge statue of a man seemingly climbing up out of the ground.
Cameron Run Regional Park is located across the river from Washington in Alexandria . The main attraction is the fantastic water park with a wave pool, 3-flume water slide, water playground, lap lanes and raft rental. There is also a bathhouse and snack bar. The water park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Other park features include a deluxe miniature golf course, batting cage, picnic shelter (available for rental), and a fishing pond. The batting cage and miniature golf course are open mid-March through October.
This beautiful 70-acre park is situated in a residential area and is popular with the locals. Bluemont Park offers areas to bike, jog, hike, picnic and play basketball. There are picnic areas available too. Larger groups should call ahead to reserve the space.Your leashed pet is welcome as well.
Children and other fans of firefighters and their equipment will enjoy visiting Alexandria's oldest firehouse, built in 1871. The Friendship Fire Company itself pre-dates the building by 100 years and is rumored to have been a pet project of George Washington's. Restored in the 1990s, the Firehouse offers visitors a look at the equipment used since the nation's founding. Also displayed are the clothes firefighters wore throughout this company's history. Special exhibits are often held.
Long before the establishment of Washington, DC, Alexandria was a town centered in politics and commerce. The founding fathers often met here to discuss freedom and revolution. Visit Robert E. Lee's boyhood home and that of his father, General "Lighthorse" Harry Lee, a Revolutionary War hero. Nearby Christ Church is where George Washington worshipped. Stroll down King Street with its many quaint shops and restaurants or duck down one of the side streets, many of which have their original cobblestones. Alexandria is 30 minutes south of Washington. Take the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
This 52-acre park is located north of the Reflecting Pool amid the capital's many famous monuments and memorials. A beautiful place for a stroll, the paths wind through the trees taking you to Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a lake and memorial to the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Steeped in history, this is a must-see on any DC tour.
Located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum contains artifacts culled from more than 150 sites and spanning over 10,000 years of human existence. The museum, part of the Office of Historic Alexandria, features exhibits, events and hands-on learning programs. Volunteers, local archaeologists, and students work at the museum to keep the collection and data in order. In addition, this family-friendly organization hosts "family dig days" at local sites and offers summer camps for children and adults.
The National Maritime Heritage Foundation offers Washington, DC's first and only community sailing program. NMHF provides sailing lessons, boat rentals, fleet racing, Schooner cruises and charters on the Washington Channel for both youth and adults. Learn to Sail offers the incredible opportunity to get your internationally accepted sailing certification from US 19-foot Flying Scot sailboats. NMHF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering sailing scholarships to underprivileged youth.
A wealth of recreational activities can be explored at this park in Arlington, just a few miles from Washington. Visitors enjoy the scenic walking trail, the outdoor swimming pool open Memorial Day through Labor Day, and the deluxe miniature golf course and batting cages, both open mid-March through October. Need a break from the activities? Stop by the snack bar and relax at the gazebo by the pond.
This is a sports lover's haven. Open to both university students as well as the general public, the Charles E Smith Center provides every kind of sporting facility. Whether you're looking to shoot some hoops, score some goals or test your volleyball skills, this centre has it all. Water babies can choose from swimming, diving and water polo. You could even enroll for scuba-diving classes. Alternatively, slam some balls at the racquetball, tennis or squash courts. Otherwise, catch some live action at the 5,000 seater arena, which hosts gymnastics, volleyball and other events. Timings for the public and students are different, so call up before heading here.