Washington, D.C. Sports and Recreation

Washington, D.C. Sports and RecreationSo many facets of life in America are represented in our nation's capital city. From our history to our government to our culture, it all has its rightful place here. The same can definitely be said about the sports and recreational activities that many residents and visitors enjoy year round. Everything from seeing a pro football game to some great family fun at an amusement park, or just finding a quiet walking trail to get some exercise are just a few of the many sports and recreational activities that Washington, DC offers.

 

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Pro Sports

The Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins give fans plenty to cheer about season after season. This seminal professional football team played its first game in 1932 and has been tackling its way to the end zone ever since. The sports team is a member of the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) and the National Football League (NFL). The team plays at FedExField in Landover, Maryland and keeps its headquarters and training facility at Redskin Park in Ashburn, Virginia. The Redskins have won five NFL championships, has captured ten NFL divisional titles, and six NFL conference championships.

Web: www.redskins.com

The Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards are a professional basketball team based in Washington, DC and were previously known as the Washington Bullets. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team first hit the court in the late 1960s and has seen its share of victories, especially in what is known as the Miracle Season of 1977-78. However, the sports team weathered some tougher times, especially in the late 90s as the team saw its worst performance streak in its history. Still, the games are attended by a faithful legion of fans and the addition of some new players has only bolstered the team's momentum.

Web: www.nba.com

Washington Capitals
Residents of DC love hockey season, and with good reason. When the Washington Capitals hit the ice, the fans know they are in for a great display of speed and agility that is required to get that puck through the other team's goal. The professional sports team is a member of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League. "The Caps," as they are affectionately known, won the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals and have captured six division titles. The 2009-10 Capitals continued that tradition by taking home the franchise's first-ever President's Trophy for the team with the most points at the end of the regular season.

Address: 627 North Glebe Rd, Suite 850, Arlington, VA 22203 - MAP
Phone: (202) 661-5011
Web: www.capitals.nhl.com

 

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Hiking, Biking & Trails

The Capital Crescent Trail
The Capital Crescent Trail is one of the area's most popular. This 11-mile trail begins in Silver Spring, Maryland, curves westward through Maryland into Washington, DC and ends in the heart of historic Georgetown. Captivating, beautiful scenery marks this as an exceptional recreation trail for walking, hiking and biking.

Address: 3500 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007 - MAP
Phone: (202) 234-4874
Web: www.cctrail.org

Mount Vernon Trail
The Mount Vernon Trail is located just across the river from Downtown Washington, DC and is a great multi-use recreation trail. The recreational trail is nearly 18 miles long and it follows the Potomac's Virginia shoreline from Theodore Roosevelt Island to George Washington's Estate located at Mount Vernon. The excellent scenery and consistently well-maintained condition of this paved surface makes the Mount Vernon Trail a favorite of cyclists, hikers and runners.

Address: Mt Vernon, VA 10303 - MAP
Web: www.nps.gov

Washington and Old Dominion Trail
The Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD or "Wad") is an excellent recreation trail that runs through the Northern Virginia counties. The 45-mile trail is completely paved with nine foot wide asphalt and has a yellow painted center line. To run the whole trail and back means you're looking at a 90-mile trek, but it can be done over the course of two days thanks to the hotels and bed and breakfasts along the trail. The only real complaint from bikers is that there's much traffic most of the time due to the Wad's immense popularity.

Address: 21293 Smiths Switch Road, Ashburn, VA 20147 - MAP
Phone: (703) 729-0596

 

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Watersports

Theodore Roosevelt Island
Take the plunge just a few minutes away from the heart of downtown Washington, DC by enjoying the various water sports and activities you can find at Theodore Roosevelt Island. Tackle the Potomac's Great Falls or enjoy some good exercise rowing a canoe or kayak. You can bring your own boat or rent one at Thompson Boat Center or Jack's Boathouse near the Georgetown Waterfront.

Address: Thompson Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037 - MAP
Phone: (202) 333-9543
Web: www.thompsonboatcenter.com

Potomac River
The Potomac River offers several fine opportunities for water sports and great aquatic fun. Enjoy a day of sailing and get a look at DC from a truly amazing vantage point. There are several marinas on the Southwest Waterfront, Old Town Alexandria, and Arlington that are great starting points for your time on the water. Lessons are available at the Washington Sailing Marina which is located just south of the Reagan National Airport.

Address: Washington Sailing Marina, 1 Marina Drive at Dangerfield Island, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Alexandria, VA 22314 - MAP
Phone: (703) 548-9027
Web: www.washingtonsailingmarina.com

Tidal Basin
Great family fun awaits at Tidal Basin. Known for it's breathtaking display of white-pink clouds of cherry blossoms in the spring, this is an excellent destination for swimming, fishing and boating that the whole family will enjoy.

Address: Tidal Basin and Ohio Drive NW, Washington, DC 20003 - MAP
Phone: (202) 484-0206

 

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Plenty Of Thrills

Washington DC Skydiving
Rip through the Washington sky when you go on an extreme sports skydiving adventure, courtesy of Washington DC Skydiving. Whether you're a pro or are just trying it for the first time, you'll find the staff to be very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable as they take you through the required training and get you ready for the jump. Don't forget to include your photos and video package when you purchase your ticket so you can share your day of skydiving with your friends after you safely land back down on the ground.

Phone: (800) 753-9796
Web: www.washingtondcskydiving.net

Skydive Maryland
Breathtaking views of the Bay Bridge and Chesapeake Bay await you when you free fall in the very capable care of Skydive Maryland. This is the closest skydiving adventure center to not only DC but to Annapolis, Baltimore, and Northern Virginia. The trained and highly experienced staff will ensure you have a great extreme sports experience, so call and book your skydive adventure today.

Address: 24038 Race Track RD, Suite 3, Ridgeley, MD 21660 - MAP
Phone: (410) 634-9222
Web: www.skydivemaryland.aero

Grand Prix Allsports
Experience thrills by the number every time you hit the pedal at Grand Prix Allsports. This is go-kart racing at its high-tech finest. Sure, there's lots of speed, but there's also great care taken in making sure you stay safe behind the wheel of one of these amazing motorized vehicles. Several different types of courses are available for everyone from novices to pros, as well as corporate, team building and family fun packages that make the fun possible for everyone!

Address: 45915 Maries Road #170, Dulles, VA 20166 - MAP
Phone: (571) 434-9567
Web: www.allsportsgp.com

 

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Leisure

Potomac River
If an afternoon of angling is what relaxes you, then grab your pole and tackle box and head off to cast your line in the Potomac River. The river runs the western border of the district, top to bottom. Tributaries run through the south-east corner of the district, but either way, this is one of the favorite recreational fishing destinations in DC, so get ready to reel 'em in!

Address: Potomac River, Washington, DC - MAP

Buffalo Billiards
Buffalo Billiards is one of Washington, DC's favorite places to shoot some great pool. The regulation tables are strategically spread throughout the venue so that you can catch televised sporting events on any of the several screens throughout the place. In addition to darts, there's also a great menu of burgers, sandwiches and other munchies to enjoy as well as equally enticing selections from the fully-stocked bar.

Address: 1330 19th Street Northwest, Washington, DC - MAP
Phone: (202) 331-7665
Web: www.dc.buffalobilliards.com

Bolling Air Force Base Bowling
Is great bowling right up your alley? Then head to Bolling Air Force Base Bowling for a great game or two. The facility is quite family friendly, with a great game room the kids will enjoy as well as lane bumpers set up by request if you have a young bowler in the family. Great prices, especially during the week, make Bolling an excellent place to bowl for the whole family.

Address: 315 Mcchord St SW #1310, Washington, DC 20032 - MAP
Phone: (202) 563-1701