You may have heard the adage that DC shuts down in July and August. Not so! Whether you're vacationing in Washington DC or staycationing to save cash, there are lots of fun places to go. To add to the fun, entrance is free to these hot spots. (Some of the listed activities have a nominal fee.) Read on and learn where in Washington DC you can go horse back riding, rent a paddle boat or see a great blue heron.
Rock Creek Park is where locals have picnics and family gatherings. While Rock Creek is the park's most notable feature, also there are several wonderful hiking and biking trails. And you can go for a horse back ride during a guided horse tour. Of course, if you bring your own horse, remember to stay on the bridled trails!
Rock Creek Park Nature Center
5200 Glover Road NW
Bordering downtown DC, the Tidal Basin is an inlet of the Potomac River. It's home to the Jefferson Memorial and the FDR memorial. The Tidal Basin is also where the cherry trees of Cherry Blossom Festival fame are planted. In addition to those attractions, you can rent a paddle boat or take a leisurely stroll here.
Located on the banks of the Anacostia River, visit Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens for the waterlilies and lotus blossoms. Known also as a spot for birding, you may see great blue herons, marsh wrens, mallards, or Canada geese. For hikers, don't miss the .7 mile boardwalk trail that leads to the marsh.
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
1550 Anacostia Avenue, NE