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More outdoors activities

Washington Post reporter, Amy Orndorff learns the basics of white water kayaking from Sunny Pitcher of Potomac Paddlesports. (Dayna Smith for the Washington Post)

There is so much to do and see outdoors that we could fill the entire Weekend section and Going Out Guide with activities. Every week. To help you decide what’s best for you, we offer these additional options.


Haven’t hopped on a two-wheeler since your handlebars had streamers? Not to worry, getting back into the sport is just like, well, riding a bike. The Potomac Pedalers lead rides for various levels every weekend and the occasional weekday and evening.

Bird watching

Prince George’s Audubon Society leads bird walks several times a month across the county. Binoculars are all you need to get into this surprisingly addictive hobby.

Horseback riding

Giddy up and see the outdoors from a slightly higher vantage point. Rock Creek Park Horse Center offers guided trail rides from April through October for riders of all abilities. www.rock


Turn off the GPS device and brush up on your map and compass skills. The Quantico Orienteering Club hosts events almost every weekend and provides everything you need to race around the woods looking for checkpoints.

Rock climbing

Not that there’s anything wrong with indoor rock walls, but now that the weather is turning warm, it’s time to ascend the Washington area’s best outdoor climbs. Adventure Schools Rock Climbing of Springfield offers an eight-hour introductory class to help get you off the ground.


Don a helmet and headlamp and descend into the Earth with the District of Columbia Grotto. Tips for beginners: Attend a monthly meeting before your first trip, don’t buy gear before you try it (the group has loaner gear) and get ready to get muddy!

— Amy Orndorff


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