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Best Water Sports in Washington DC

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Banneker Pool is one of the most popular public pools in the Washington DC area. Lovers of swimming flock to the pool to beat the summer heat, enroll their kids in swimming classes, and swim laps. If you happen to be in the DC area and fancy a dip, this pool is the place to do it. Not the greatest swimmer in the world? No worries - the large outdoor pool can accommodate all abilities and all ages so you can have a safe, fun time no matter what.

If you happen to be visiting Washington DC in the summer months, you may notice that it can be extremely hot. Thankfully, Key Bridge Boathouse offers water sports that will keep you cool and happy. Try kayaking or canoeing along the forested edges of the Potomac River, where you will pass Roosevelt Island and some of DC's most famous monuments. For those who like to exercise both their body and spirit, Key Bridge Boathouse offers stand up paddling boarding yoga classes, which will really test your ability to balance.

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.

Located along the gorgeous Chesapeake Bay, Sandy Point State Park is a 786 acre (318 hectares) park that has been one of the state's natural gems since 1952. The scenic water views make it an ideal place for a picnic or leisurely stroll. The soft sandy beaches are packed on hot summer days and make for a great swimming spot, complete with lifeguards. Fishing and crabbing are also allowed from the park's shoreline, however licenses are required. The marina offers 22 launching ramps for day-use that are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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