Comfort Inn Ballston
1211 N. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 247-3399
Fax: (703) 524-8739
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.
Located in the main campus of the Marymount University, the Rose Bente Lee Centre is used by the university for various events and functions. This place also houses the basketball and volleyball arena of the university and a 100 seater arena pool. It is more like an activity place and recreational spot for the university students and staff.
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.
Potomac Overlook Regional Park offers 100 acres of scenic woodlands and outdoor adventure. Children and adults will enjoy learning about the outdoors at the park's nature center, which features wildlife and archaeological displays and an auditorium for educational programs. The park has a nature trail with regularly scheduled hikes. There are also vegetable, herb, butterfly and wildflower gardens. Schools and organized groups may make arrangements for special programs.
The Capital Crescent Trail is a pleasant 11-mile trail that runs through northwest Washington. During the work week, bike commuters use this trail as their link between the northwest suburbs and DC. On weekends, the trail is crowded with rollerbladers and bicyclists. It begins in Georgetown on Water Street. Follow the trail and you will find views of the lovely Potomac River and some of DC's finer neighborhoods, there is even a quick trip through the Columbia Country Club. Most of the trail is asphalt.
In operation since it was built 150 years ago, Fletcher's Boathouse is the first stop on a number of Washington recreational excursions. Boats can be rented and taken out to Roosevelt Island, and canoes are available for leisurely floats up the historic C&O Canal. There are bicycles for rent, as well as a wide range of fishing supplies.
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.
Know your way in and out of a kayak or canoe? Then this 85-year-old private canoe club could be for you. The flatwater club, which charges yearly dues of $200, has sent members to the Olympics. Its boat house is located just north of the Key Bridge in Georgetown.
This small, lovely park in northwest Washington is popular with runners and dog owners. In fact, in recent years, the 57-acre park has become an off-leash park, dogs can run here, play with other dogs, and even splash a little. The New York Times has described the park's woods as reminiscent of Vermont. This park, the site of a two-gun battery during the Civil War, is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors and stays surprisingly cool even in the summer months.
The Thompson Boat Center is very conveniently located at the south end of Georgetown, in close proximity to many major Washington tourist attractions. For the water-lovers, canoes, kayaks, and even sailboats can be rented. No prior experience is needed. The friendly staff can give you a quick crash-course on how to move and steer. If getting wet doesn't sound appealing, Thompson's also rents bicycles. Canoes, kayaks, and bicycles can be rented hourly or for a full day at very reasonable prices.
A popular outdoor destination for children, college students and nature lovers, this park lies north of Georgetown. Woodlands surround a recreation area with tennis courts, picnic tables and a playground. Special features include a boxwood maze and Lovers Lane, a cobblestone walkway on the west side of the park. To explore more elaborately designed grounds and an elegant estate, visit Dumbarton Oaks next door. Admission is free.
A historic, 45 mile long paved trail which is located on the roadbed of the former Washington & Old Dominion Railroad and is perfect for walking, jogging, and biking, as well as inline skating and horseback riding.