If you’re spending days in the office gazing longingly out the window, it might be time for a weekend spent in the sun.
Whether you’re into paddling in the Potomac River or casually canoeing through Burke Lake, there’s a way for you to get your recommended dose of vitamin D and enjoy your free time on the water in Northern Virginia.
Where to fish:
Burke Lake Park
Convincing yourself to go fishing isn’t very difficult when you’ve been side-glancing your abandoned tackle box all winter. When you’re ready to buy the bait and find your local peace and quiet, head to Burke Lake Park. Rental rowboats, fishing kayaks and canoes are available throughout the season. // Burke Lake Park: 7315 Ox Rd, Fairfax Station; Rental prices vary
Where to kayak:
Fountainhead Regional Park
Clearing your head in a kayak is a pretty peaceful way to spend an evening, and Fountainhead Regional Park is the place to give it a shot. The park has planned paddle tours through October that take adventurers to see the sights during full moon nights, at sunset and even one to view the Perseids Meteor Shower in August. // Fountainhead Regional Park: 10875 Hampton Road, Fairfax Station; $30 per person
Where to pedal boat:
Lake Accotink Park
If you have little ones that aren’t quite ready for a solo boating adventure, taking the family out on a pedal boat lets everyone participate in the fun together, while keeping them all in one place. Grab your life jackets and make it a family fun day outside of the city. // Lake Accotink Park: 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield; Rental prices vary
Where to paddleboard:
Occoquan Regional Park
It can be a challenge to keep yourself from swaying in the wind whenever you’re on the water, but paddleboarding takes that to another level. Find your physical and mental balance as you ease your way into the water of the Occoquan River and it might just be your new favorite (and challenging) hobby for the summer. // 9751 Ox Rd, Lorton; Rental prices vary
Where to try it all:
Lake Ridge Golf & Marina
As the trail head for the Occoquan Water Trail that allows local access to the Occoquan Reservoir, Lake Ridge is an ideal location to try out just about any activity you’re looking for. Paddleboarding, rowboats, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and Jon boats with motors are available to rent throughout the season. // 12350 Cotton Mill Drive, Woodbridge; Rental prices vary
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