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Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 08/31/2012

Best beaches near Washington for Labor Day weekend

Heather Wood looks for crabs and other creatures with her sons Collin, age 4 (left) and Austin, age 1 at the Flag Ponds State Park in Lusby, Md. Cliffs along this beach hold Miocene fossils and treasures like the shark teeth. (Linda Davidson - The Washington Post)
It’s almost over. Summertime is coming to its traditional close this weekend. Want one last try? Hop in the car and go to the beach. No, let’s not talk of things such as loading up the car and sitting in Delaware traffic. We’re talking beaches just an hour or so from downtown. Beaches with sand. And ice cream stands. And fossils. Places to take your dog and your kids. Places to crack open a crab or a dozen. Places to learn a few things and definitely places to hunker down with that last, lazy read.

So, enjoy.

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