June is National Rivers Month, and luckily for us, there are so many ways for DC-area residents to celebrate these beautiful, flowing bodies of water! Here are 10 fun ways to get outside and enjoy a river this month
1. Roosevelt Island: This outdoor National Monument is a small island in the middle of the Potomac River, celebrating President Teddy Roosevelt’s love for the outdoors. Where else can you walk your dog, have a picnic and learn about the 26th President of the United States?
2. Hains Point: Grab something to eat a the Fish Market and pop over to Hains Point to enjoy sunset views of the District Wharf over the Potomac. This is also the site of one of the only Mini Golf courses in DC!
3. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens: This hidden gem along the banks of the Anacostia River is a great way to explore the natural swampland that used to cover a large portion of DC. See dragonflies dance among rare lotuses and waterlilies in the only remaining tidal marsh in the city!
4. Georgetown Water Sports: Rent a paddle boat, kayak, or paddle board in Georgetown to enjoy beautiful views of the city from the Potomac River. Hopefully you don't mind getting splashed!
5. District Wharf: Visit this recently developed area to enjoy an ice cream cone on the river’s edge, take in a concert, play jumbo Connect-4, or even take a water taxi to Georgetown or Alexandria.
6. Capitol Wheel: Sitting on a pier atop the Potomac, this supersized Ferris wheel stands over 15 stories high. Each glass enclosed gondola can hold up to 8 passengers, so take a leisurely ride with friends to see some amazing views.
7. Alexandria Waterfront: Have dinner or a snack along the river then hop on one of the numerous river cruises. There is something for everyone; history-themed cruises, site-seeing, dog-friendly, dinner cruises, and even a pirate cruise the whole family will get excited about!
8. Great Falls Park: This beautiful National Park is less than an hour’s drive from DC and provides a wonderful setting for a hike. Great Falls is also a site for kayaking and rock-climbing for the risk seekers out there.
9. Harpers Ferry: There’s no better place to bring the outdoorsy people in your life! Activities abound where the Shenendoah and Potomac Rivers meet, including white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, ziplining, ropes courses, and hiking.
10. St. Clement’s Island State Park: This island sits at one of the widest points of the Potomac and hosts a unique combination of history and nature. It's worth the 2 or 3 hour drive from DC to see the very first site where colonists landed in Maryland in 1634, and to enjoy a day of hiking, picnicking and fishing.