Nestled beneath the towering arches of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, a weather-beaten dock supports rows of kayaks in a rainbow of colors. Paddlers disembark onto the Potomac, threading through the bridge’s arches and taking in the lush riverside scenery. Key Bridge Boathouse’s team of water conquerors is on hand to instruct new kayakers and paddleboarders in taming the river’s gentle waves. Upon returning to shore, guests are invited to make use of the dock’s electric grills to cook burgers and dry their hair.
Calleva at National Harbor organizes adventures that traverse land, water, and air, each designed to inspire the intrepid with the bounties of nature. A terra-based encounter, the guided bike ride over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and Mount Vernon Trail combines the thrill of physical activity with the wonder of american bald eagle and bald presidential monument sightings. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on weekends, pedal pumpers are treated to panoramic views of the Potomac River. If the allure of the deep overcomes grounded wanderings, embark on a watery outing in a solo kayak, canoe, or tandem kayak, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. After a mind-stretching lesson on paddling and water safety, boat brethren can drift through the National Harbor in their floating vessels and explore the shores of the District and Alexandria, stopping occasionally to feed breadcrumbs to migrating politicians.
With five indoor tennis courts, a group exercise studio, and a fully equipped training room, Mount Vernon Athletic Club has kept hearts racing and muscles burning for 40 years. The tennis program aims to improve the skills of players of all ages by hosting clinics and seminars on correct stroke form and how to grow your own tennis-ball garden.
Personal trainers inhabit the training studio, creating regimens customized to their clients' physical prowess, while Fitness On Demand offers a library of group fitness classes. Rounding out the club's services, the wellness spa keeps clients looking their best with skincare and tanning services. Free childcare services allow parents to take advantage of the gamut of offerings.
Pilates strengthens your abs and back, reduces neck and shoulder tension, and improves flexibility. If you practice Pilates, your spine will become so flexible, you'll be able to scratch your nose with the back of your foot and make your shoulder blades clap (the method of applause Pilates founder Joseph Pilates preferred during his speaking gigs). Mind-BodyFitness is a Pilates studio, not a gym, so there are no membership fees, no exercise equipment to wipe down, and no sick-looking muscle dudes who are obviously juicing. If you're one of those guys, we recommend going to the Pontius Pilates Gym and Juicery.
In 1949, William E. Miller—known as W.E. to his friends—opened Rosecroft Raceway, transforming a 120-acre farm into a showcase for the exciting standardbred racing that had begun to take the nation by storm. After briefly closing in 2008, the track soon reopened, hoping to reclaim W.E.’s legacy with fast-paced action seven nights a week. Every day, simulcasts convey harness- and quarter-horse races from across the country as visitors place bets on which steeds will attempt to chew their jockeys’ hats. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, hooves pound the dirt during live contests as chefs prepare everything from mozzarella sticks to succulent spare ribs in the Terrace Dining Room.