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In operation since it was built over 150 years ago, Fletcher's Boathouse is the first stop on a number of Washington recreational excursions. Boats can be rented and taken out to Roosevelt Island, and canoes are available for leisurely floats up the historic C&O Canal. There are bicycles for rent, as well as a wide range of fishing supplies.
This small, lovely park in northwest Washington is popular with runners and dog owners. In fact, in recent years, the 57-acre park has become an off-leash park, dogs can run here, play with other dogs, and even splash a little. The New York Times has described the park's woods as reminiscent of Vermont. This park, the site of a two-gun battery during the Civil War, is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors and stays surprisingly cool even in the summer months.
Nestled in the northern part of the city, James Hunter Park is a serene picnic spot, very popular as a dog-friendly park with designated area for pets. It was established in the memory of James B. Hunter III, who served as the state county board official between 1990 and 1997. The park is also home to some beautiful gardens, open terraces and water fountains.
Quincy Park is a popular haunt amongst the city's sports enthusiasts. The park features a host of recreational facilities including tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a playground for kids and ample open space for free play. You can also bring a picnic along and enjoy it at leisure with family and friends at one of the sheltered picnic tables or hire space for private events and celebrations.
We all like watching hair-raising horror movies. But who would miss a chance to experience the place where the climax scene of the famed movie 'The Exorcist' was shot? Tourists flock here in Georgetown to see the Exorcist Stairs. Many other movies and television series have also been filmed here. The steep steps and the somewhat ancient and dark ruined structure adds to the effect. If you are lucky, you may also get to see a film being shot and your favorite actors getting possessed by the ghost—right in front of you!
Best known for hosting the Rosslyn Jazz Festival, the Gateway Park provides both relaxing and recreational opportunities for adults and children. It provides stellar views of the Fourth of July fireworks, while the skywalk offers pleasing views of Georgetown. Picnicking, biking or taking a simple stroll during dusk while kids play in the resident sandbox are few of the activities one may indulge in here.
Sit back and soak up some pleasant sunshine in the peaceful environs of Oakland Park. Located on Wilson Boulevard, the park is famous for its lush green landscape and serves as a fine picnic spot for Arlington's locals. On a weekend afternoon, the park's shaded areas are crowded with groups and families spending a relaxed day over some delicious home-cooked food.