Activities Around DC During These Corona Times

The National Arborteum is open again


As this strange coronavirus time carries on, many of us are trying to figure out new ways to enjoy time with our families out of the house and keep everyone active, entertained, and safely social distanced. This list has both ideas for things to do around the area as well as information on reopenings, much of them already mentioned on the blog. And it will be continuously updated as more places become accessible again. Happy adventures!

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Around the DMV

* The round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Spend A Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids has an update for every locale on its current status.

* Open Swim: Places Around the DC Area that Welcome the Public to Take a Dip

* Local Hikes

* Paddling opportunities

* Pick Your Own places

* Good bike rides in the area

* Beaches within day trip driving distance from the DC area.

* DCist’s round-up of 11 drive-in movie series taking place around the DC area this summer.

* Disc golf courses at Calvert Park in College Park, Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, Burke Lake Park in Burke, VA, and Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, VA.

* Eater DC’s running list of restaurants and bars with outdoor seating. And I’m going to add O-Ku, which has a fantastic rooftop overlooking Union Market.



DC

* The National Zoo is open again! Hours are 8am – 4pm, and free, timed entry passes will be required — reserve them here.

* DC playgrounds

* Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is open again (more about it here)

* DC’s 51 new statehood murals

* The National Arboretum is now open Monday through Friday 1-5pm, and Saturday & Sunday 8am – 5pm. More about the spot, one of our faves, here.

* The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is open.

* The gardens at the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland.

* It’s a great time to explore the National Mall — there are no crowds, so you can get a close look at the memorials and maintain good social distance.

* You can hang out in the lovely garden area of the REACH at the Kennedy Center — stroll around, check out the sculptures and artfully designed buildings, take in views of the Potomac, and there are tables where you can sit and enjoy a snack.

* And Victura Park, is a new family-friendly outdoor pop-up and wine garden at The REACH. It’s open weekends this summer, Friday 3-10pm, Saturday 12-10pm, and Sunday 12-8pm.

* The Historical Society of Washington, DC, has a fun DC Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt that you can do in anywhere in the District.

* Eastern Market’s Tuesday Market is running weekly this summer. And the weekend outdoor market is also open.

* Foot Golf, with a course at East Potomac Park, is a soccer-golf combo that is played like golf, but instead of using clubs to drive a golf ball down a course and into a small hole, you kick a soccer ball and aim for a 21″ hole.



Maryland

* The gorgeous grounds of Brookside Gardens are open to visitors, though a limited amount of parking is available to help maintain safe social distancing practices. Learn more and get and a glimpse of what’s there in this KFDC post — but note that the Wings of Fancy exhibit is not happening this year.

* The fields at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, MD, are now glowing with the dazzling blooms. Check out pics from our recent visit and see a KFDC post about our first experience there.

* Goldpetal Farms in Southern Maryland has a “Walking on Sunshine” 7-acre maze open.

* Shark tooth hunting (be sure to note restrictions)

* Montgomery County Parks

* The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring

* Patapsco State Park for hiking and swimming

* Glenstone, the wonderful modern-art museum in Potomac, MD, has reopened on an outdoor-only basis. Hours are 10am – 5pm Thursday – Sunday. Visitors must be at least 12 years old, and reservations are required. Free tickets are released at 10am every Monday in two-week increments.

* TopGolf at National Harbor and Germantown are welcoming visitors to play in their outdoor hitting bays with new health and safety protocols.

* Montgomery Parks tennis clinics are available for middle and high schoolers and adults at Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center, ranging from beginner to advanced. Sign up at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org (search tennis).



Virginia

* Burnside Farms’ 2020 Summer of Sunflowers opened July 16 and will run for a few weeks.

* Great Country Farms just announced that peaches are ripe and ready for picking through August 2. Plan to make a day of it there — kids love the farm play area, and the fishing pond is also open. Other activities coming up: The Peach Daze Fuzztival is this weekend, and their annual Big Dig Potato Harvest is August 15-16.

* Shenandoah National Park has reopened campgrounds and trails that were closed for awhile. Check out and book available campsites through Recreation.gov. And read more about recreation at the Virginia park in this KFDC post.

* Fairfax Parks, NoVa Parks

* Columbia Pike Drive-In Movie Nights will run Saturdays in July and August. Space is limited and registration is required.

* Art installation in Alexandria’s Waterfront Park in Alexandria: Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies by Olalekan Jeyifous frames Alexandria’s African American history through the lens of the city’s industrial and merchant history from the 17th to 20th centuries.

* Barrel Oak Winery and Farm Taphouse in Delaplane, VA, is family-friendly, fun, spacious & scenic, and practicing safety measures. It’s a perfect stop after a hike at Sky Meadows State Park.

* Potomac Overlook Park has a bunch of nature-themed events for families this summer. You must pre-register! The park is also a great place to hike and enjoy some outdoor time.

* Great Country Farms’ play area and fishing pond are open, and their annual Big Dig Potato Harvest festival is August 15-16.


INDOOR ACTIVITIES

* DC Public Library has reopened 14 branches, allowing visitors inside. Hours are 11am – 2pm and 3-7pm on weekdays.

* The International Spy Museum has reopened.

* ARTECHOUSE just started welcoming visitors again with new health and safety measures.

* The B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore is open.

* The National Aquarium, also in Charm City, is open.

* The Mansion on O Street is open for socially distanced tours and treasure hunts. Hours are 11am – 3pm, and online reservations are required. See more about the Dupont Circle locale in this KFDC post and this one.

* The National Gallery of Art opens the Ground Floor of the West Building on July 20. Free, timed passes will be required to ensure a safe experience for visitors — they’ll be released every Monday for the following week — reserve here.

* The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the Chantilly arm of the Air & Space Museum, just reopened. To help ensure safety of visitors, free timed-entry passes are required.

* The National Museum of Women in the Arts reopens on August 1. Timed entry tickets are required and can be purchased online — $10/adult, free for kids.