Nature & Outdoors

Get outside and explore the natural side of Washington, DC with these outdoor activities and adventures.

Visiting the Smithsonian National Zoo

The National Zoo is right for you It’s not all elephants and donkeys in DC. At the National Zoo , visitors can find all sorts of animals that don’t subscribe to party lines. Lions, tigers, giraffes and the zoo’s beloved giant pandas are just some of the 2,000 animals that call the 163-acre park...

Smithsonian National Zoo Giant Panda - Washington, DC
5 Things You Need to Know About the National Cherry Blossom Festival

The cherry blossom trees are without a doubt the stars of springtime in Washington, DC. Visit the District during this time and you’ll find the nation’s capital is accented in pink for the National Cherry Blossom Festival , which takes place from March 18 - April 16, 2017. Here are five things you...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial surrounded by cherry blossoms - Free things to do in Washington, DC
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Outdoor Concerts

During the spring and summer these outdoor concerts in the nation's capital provide great atmosphere for enjoying a night out, and are often free to attend. Make sure to check official websites for dates, times and specific locations.

Summer Concert at WWII Memorial
DC on the Water: 12 Ways to Embrace Washington's Waterfronts

The District’s two rivers, the Potomac and the Anacostia, shine brightly once the warm weather of spring and summer settles on the city. Fortunately for visitors, there are plenty of ways to explore these DC waterfronts, with family friendly outdoor activities that include being both on or beside...

Kayaking on the Capitol Riverfront - Family Friendly and Waterfront Activities in Washington, DC
10 Reasons to Participate in DC Bike Ride

If you’re looking for family-friendly fun in the District this spring, you’ve found a gem with DC Bike Ride , happening on May 14. Take part in an outdoor adventure that is sure to create lasting memories. If you need further convincing, here are 10 more reasons to participate .

DC Bike Ride - Outdoor Activities in Washington, DC
14 National Parks to Explore In & Around Washington, DC

The first national park was established by Congress in 1872, and the National Park Service (NPS) was founded in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. The goal of NPS: to conserve and protect America’s parks, historic objects and wildlife. The DC metro area boasts as complete a range of parks as...

Aerial Shot of the National Mall with All Memorials
10 Organized Races, Marathons & Triathlons to Check Out in Washington, DC

Whether you’re a serious runner or like to stay active while having fun with friends, DC has options for all fitness levels.

Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in Washington, DC - Top Organized Races and Marathons
11 Things to Do in Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park was founded in 1890 by the United States Congress as a recreational resource for the nation’s capital. These 1,800 acres cut a wide swath through Northwest Washington DC, providing a haven for people and wildlife. An oasis in a bustling city, most of Rock Creek Park consists of...

Rock Creek Park - Outdoor Activities & Things to Do - Washington, DC
12 Things to See & Do in Anacostia

The historic riverside neighborhood of Anacostia is truly a gem. Some people think all Smithsonian Institution museums live on the National Mall , but Anacostia has its own completely dedicated to the concept of community. Perhaps the most famous member of the Anacostia community, Frederick...

Things to See & Do in Anacostia - Washington, DC
13 Great Spots to Watch the Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, DC

Watching the fireworks is one of the highlights of DC’s Independence Day celebrations, and there are lots of interesting sites from which to view them. You’ll find excellent vantage points from a few rooftop bars , sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial , or across the river in Arlington. And...

Fourth of July Fireworks over the National Mall - Things to Do Independence Day Weekend in Washington, DC