Now that it’s finally April and warm weather is fast approaching, get out and explore all that DC has to offer:
1. Go kayaking!
Spend the weekend with friends on the water! Boating in DC offers rentals at three locations: Key Bridge Boathouse (in Georgetown), Ballpark Boathouse (near the Nationals Stadium) and National Harbor. Kayak rentals range from $15-$20/hour. All locations also offer several classes including Stand Up Paddleboard orientations and workshops and SUP fitness. One of the many perks of kayaking on the Potomac in Georegtown is of course the proximity to Baked and Wired, stop by after your trip for a treat.
2. Rent a bike through Capital Bikeshare
See more of DC in a day by renting a Capital Bikeshare. With stations all across the city (3 on campus), they are super easy to rent and very affordable. The 24 hour membership costs only $8 and the first 30 minutes are free. After that, it’s only $1.50 for the second half hour and $3.00 for the third half hour. They offer several other membership options for more frequent riders. Ride around the Mall or hop on the Mount Vernon Trail down to Gravelly Point for a great spot to watch the planes land at Reagan. More info on trails.
3. Paddle boat at the tidal basin
Although Cherry Blossom season may have come to an end, the tidal basin is still a wonderful place to spend a weekend afternoon. Bring a friend or a date, and rent a paddle boat and see the monuments from a whole new perspective. Paddle boats cost only $16.00 per hour for a 2 passenger boat and $26.00 per hour for a 4 passenger boat. New this year, the tidal basin will also offer Swan boats for $30.00 per hour for 2 passengers. The Swan boats are a perfect option because if you get tired you can simply turn on the motor to do the work! Oh and of course they make for a great photo opp! More info.
4. Visit the National Zoo
As school tour season begins, more and more people will be heading to the zoo to see the pandas so try and get an early start and visit in April or May. Visit on April 23rd from 10am to 2pm for special Earth Day celebrations where there will be several green-themed activities!