At Adventure Park USA, visitors amble, shriek, and laugh through a sprawling 17.5 acres replete with Old West?themed rides and attractions such as the Wildcat roller coaster, which dips and curves around a track in order to elicit screams of joy. Outdoor diversions such as bumper boats and go-karts stoke competitive fires, and a collection of little tykes rides invite pintsize riders to spin in teacups or gallop on carousel horseback. Open year-round, a 22,000-square-foot indoor frontier playzone thumbs its nose at inclement weather with laser tag, an arcade, Spin Zone bumper cars, the Gold Rush playground, a ropes course, and a climbing wall. Owner Larry Stottlemeyer continues to expand this already extensive list of family-friendly diversions.
As the son of a couple famed for their course designs, P.B. Dye works hard to honor his heritage. To create PB Dye Golf Club, he spent 120 days on the grounds, working the bulldozer himself and instilling the fairways with the sweat and tears that has filled Dye water hazards for generations. Likewise, the course itself honors the attributes of the land on which it stands. Sharing its 6,724 yards from the back tees, the 18-hole course also acts as an Audobon International Cooperative sanctuary, serving as a safe haven for the D.C. area's abundant wildlife.
The white pillars and wrap-around porch of the Worthington Manor Golf Club's colonial-style clubhouse greet guests as they arrive to the club, which serves as an elegant gatekeeper to the luxurious grounds. Stealing a peek at the course is worth a visit in itself, as bent-grass tees, fairways, and greens unfurl amid a rolling patchwork of wetlands and woods. But the course offers more than cosmetic appeal, as evidenced by its perennial role as a host to events such as the U.S. Open Qualifier, U.S. Amateur Qualifier, and the U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier. The par-72 circuit measures a fierce 7,034 yards from the tips, but offers four tee options to cater to golfers across the handicap spectrum.
The Club's practice facilities include a natural grass driving range that nestles in the shadows of an old barn-like structure, which helps golfers reminisce about the days when clubs had fun names, like "mashie niblick." The club also hosts private and group instruction to help players improve in all facets of the game, from chipping and putting to not pronouncing the E at the end of "fore."
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 7,034 yards from the tips * Course rating of 74.4 from the tips * Slope rating of 144 from the tips * Four tee options
The Original Playhouse Children's Museum was once the opposite of a playhouse?it was an empty house. That is, until founder Ellen Przybocki came along. She had spent the previous decade teaching in local elementary schools and, with skills and the building's potential, drew on her experience to transform the house into an hands-on, educational playground.