Looking for social distancing in activities in Arlington Virginia? It is nearing July in Northern Virginia and we are still amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. With many of us itching to get out, we are all still facing the challenge of deciding what activities make the best sense right now. Right now parks and trails seem to make a lot of sense because they are outdoor activities that allow for easier social distancing. The good news is that when it comes to parks and trails, Arlington takes the cake! We are chock-full of parks and trails! Currently, Arlington’s open spaces are open to the public. But, as expected, facilities such as courts, playgrounds, dog parks, picnic shelters, and organized sports play are not allowed. Arlington Parks and Recreation has stated “We need the community’s help in practicing safety guidelines so we can keep our parks open, and to allow staff the necessary time to prepare to open even more facilities and programs, when it’s safe to do so. As long as the community stays safe, we can stay open. So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorite social distancing activities in Arlington Virginia.
Social Distancing Activities in Arlington Virginia
Bon Air Park Rose Garden
Bon Air Park is one of Arlington’s most beautiful parks. This park is stunning in the summertime because of the vast blooming roses. Bon Air Park is near Upton Park, Bluemont Park, and Four Mile Run. I like this park because it is intimate and offers lots of shade. We also find it to be an ideal spot for photos. This park does get busy and though the park is fairly small, it is situated near other parks and connects to the Washington and Old Dominion trail, which is paved and great for walking. Visiting during the day on a weekday can be enjoyable if you are looking to avoid crowds. Sunset is also a nice time to visit because the view is stunning.
Custis Trail is a great trail for biking. You can typically park at Bon Air Park or Westover Park and hit the trail head from there. It is a little over five miles long and connects with the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) trail. I like this trail because it is a moderate ride. It can be busy as this asphalt-paved trail travels along I-66 between Rosslyn and the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail at Bon Air Park. This trail is nice because you can stop along the way and grab a snack or enjoy one of the many parks you will pass by.
Gateway Park is definitely a popular park but you can still social distance fairly reasonably here and enjoy the 3 acre urban setting. Gateway Park features nice views, an ornamental water fountain, gardens, and a paved trail. While this park is generally host to a wide array activities, it is still an enjoyable outing, particularly if you looking for a quick park adventure.
Lubber Run Park & Trail
I love that Lubber Run trail’s is a paved path along a stream because it provides a real sense of quiet nature despite the fact you are in a big city. It is a great place to take a leisurely stroll, walk the dog, sit and chill, and just enjoy the great outdoors. There are also ample picnic tables if you wish to bring a little snack. I also recommend bug spray if you plan to be there late afternoon/early evening.
Mount Vernon Trail
Mount Vernon Trail is a legit biking trail that spans about 18 miles. It is by far the most popular trail in the Washington D.C. metro and runs along the Potomac River shoreline from Theodore Roosevelt Island to George Washington’s Estate located at Mount Vernon. If you have the stamina for an 18 mile ride, there are plenty of sites to see along the way including George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, Old Town Alexandria, Arlington National Cemetery, and Gravelly Point.
Quincy Park is definitely a recreation haven. This four-acre park features multiple tennis courts, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court, reservable shelters, and lots of open space for hanging out. I like this space for quick family outings when we want to get out for bit but cannot really make a whole day of it. It is a nice green outdoor space to get outdoors and walk around for a bit.
Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor Public Art Tour
If you have not checked out Arlington’s public art, the Rosslyn-Ballston public self-guided outdoor art tour is a great way to spend the day. There are some 22 installations that span this walking tour, with many more installations nearby. In fact there are sixty permanent public artworks in Arlington. This tour is starts and ends at Central Place Plaza at 1800 N. Lynn Street and is best enjoyed on foot. The tour spans the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor and can be completed in a few hours.
Virginia Highlands Park
Virginia Highlands Park is a huge 20 acre park with tons of recreation including tennis courts, basketball courts, a volleyball court, a synthetic field, petanque courts, and lots of space to run around. Currently there is a temporary, impromptu art display at park that uses rainbow colors in heart symbols to honor the front-line workers and our community who continue to fight the pandemic. The hearts are placed at approximately 12ft apart allowing for people to sit and enjoy their own space while others can walk in between the hearts. Despite limited operation right now, it is still a great place to hang out and enjoy the outdoors.
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