Best food in the East Coast MLB
We are huge baseball fans and we attend games whenever we can. Most parks have standard crappy park fare but at the Nationals Park we enjoyed some awesome food at the red porch in Center field while watching batting practice. The service was excellent and the prices reasonable (for a ball park). The park was well laid out and overall a great place to catch a game. Parking is available at surface lots around the park for 15-45$ ...we found one across the street for $35.
Equipment: Most people take the Metro to the games but parking is available.Related to:
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Rock Climbing at Great Falls Park in Virginia
This is a Park that has excellent ambiance for Rock climbing at different levels
If you are a master climber bring your ropes and materials for climbing, if you are a novice start by walking over the rocks.
It is recommended to register with visitor center before climbing
It is a fun place to visit
It is a natural landmark along the Potomac River in McLean, Virginia, near Washington, DC.
It is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Equipment: for a simple rock climb:
confortable sneakers, shorts, drinking water, something to eat, a little backpack or carrying pouch to carry your keys, water, essencialsRelated to:
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Capitals is the DC team in the National Hockey League. It plays at the Verizon Centre, right in Downtown.
I got my ticket through Ticketmaster - $120 plus taxes etc, so about $140 all in. That was about as expensive as it gets without taking a box! You can get much cheaper - 3rd tier behind a goal, for example. But it's something I get to do every 10 years, so I was not going to skimp!
Good decision - ideal location about 7-8 rows back from the Caps' bench, and right above the dressing room tunnel. Really close up to the stars.
Caps lost 1-3 to Boston, but it was a very even game and it was only Bruins' goalie Thomas who stopped Caps from winning. Ovechkin was amazing.
Even if you're not a hockey junkie, it's a great experience to enjoy the atmosphere generated by 15k+ fans in an indoor arena. Then as a European, to experience the "American way" of doing big sports events!
Equipment: Cash - you have to visit the shop, buy a programme ($2) and gorge yourself on the beer, pizza and other delights on offer in the concourse!Related to:
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Washington Nationals Park
We were able to attend the 6/10/10 game (Nationals vs. Pirates) from the box suites - let me tell you, it is WONDERFUL! Private bathroom, refrigerator, flat screen tv... Of course, we watched the game from outside and the view was great. This is a newer ballpark and is beautiful. Very easy to access, and I was told it is an eco-friendly "Green Building" - cool! The vendors are consistent with other ballparks - pricing is about the same ($5.50 for a hot dog, $5 for a large Coke), but they also had Teddy's BBQ, which is a local enterprise.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Nationals Park!Related to:
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Washington, D.C's pro baseball team, The Nationals, finally have their own stadium. They used to borrow RFK Stadium but now they have Nationals Park. It was worth the wait because this is, in my opinion, one of the best ballparks in the country.
As previously mentioned in other sections, my goal in life is to visit every baseball stadium in the Major Leagues and so here is my review of this one.
1) Arrival & Departure
On a scale of 1-5 where 5 is best, Nats Parks gets a 5. There is a parking area but driving a car in D.C. is unpleasant. Take the Metro! The Navy Yard stop is just a few yards from the entrance to the park. It's terrific. There are no steps to get up into the park - just walk right in. Leaving is equally easy. The DC Metro puts on extra trains for the games so when you leave and go down to take the train back to your hotel, if you don't get on one train there'll be another one along in just 1-2 minutes.
Nats Dogs are full of flavor and the buns are soft. I give it a 4 1/2 (on a scale of 1-5 where 5 is a Dodger Dog). They have plenty of other foods to choose from as well. The popcorn is very good.
I give this a 4. I would give it higher if I'd been more than once and got to sit in a variety of different seats but, for this, my premiere visit, where we sat it was VERY comfortable. There are a lot of employees around to help you find things and there are well-placed bathrooms and food stands so you never have to go very far for anything.
I give this a 4 1/2. I had a lot of fun. For the kids, who maybe aren't there to watch every minute of the game, they have an arcade and a Build-a-Bear on the stadium grounds and, for those of us who are watching every minute of the game, they have the running of the Presidents, which is hilarious. It's not original because I believe Milwaukee's running of the wieners was the original giant costume race and it's not quite as funny as those wieners (I'm not sure why) but it's still a lot of fun to watch and those presidents are walking around the stadium before the game starts so you can get your picture taken with one of them or with Screech, the team mascot, a bald eagle.
So, overall, I give this stadium a 4 1/2. It's a beautiful park, well-organized, easy to get to, and a lot of fun. It's not free like most other things in D.C. but you can get some fairly decently-priced tickets and by taking the metro instead of paying to park, you can make this a budget-friendly outing.
Equipment: Like most baseball games, those early and late season games can get chilly, especially at night so take a jacket and/or gloves if you're going in April or September and be sure to take an umbrella if there's any chance of rain because Nats Park doesn't have a roof.Related to:
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Catch a Nationals game
This year's version of our annual baseball excursion took us to Nationals Park to see the Chicago Cubs beat up on the Washington Nationals. The park is conveniently located, has good sight lines, good food and cold beverages.
The team mascots are George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt. See them wandering around the ballpark and wonder what happened to good taste. :-)
My advice is to make sure you pick a game with an opponent you enjoy. That way it will be even more fun watching them win over the Nationals.Related to:
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The Washington Nationals moved to DC from Montreal in 2005. Their first three seasons were played in RFK Stadium, but in 2008 they moved into beautiful, new Nationals Park located in Southeast D.C. near the Anacostia River and with views of the Capitol. This state-of-the-art stadium has a contemporary glass-and-stone facade, and it can seat 41,000 fans.
The team's history has kind of a split personality, honoring both the Montreal Expos, which was the team's former name, as well as the Washington Senators, the last MLB team in Washington, DC.
Tickets range from $5 for the grandstands to as much as $325 for the Lexus President Seats.
We attended an early season game in April 2009 and saw the Nats lose in 10 innings to Florida, with a final score of 3-2. Thanks to some friends, we had great seats in the club section above the visitors dugout on the third base side. These $45 seats feature nicer restrooms, more food and drink options, and some semi-exclusive seating areas offering views of the game to one side and the city to the other. Beers were around $8 each, and hot dogs about the same price. We were there on a Friday, which means fireworks after the game!
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (RFK Stadium)
RFK opened in 1961 and was home to the Washington Redskins from then until 1996. From 1962 to 1971 the stadium was also home to MLB's Washington Senators and later the Washington Nationals from 2005 to 2007. The Redskins now play in FedEx Field in Landover, MD, and the Nats play in the city at Nationals Stadium as of 2008. The Major League Soccer DC United now are the sole tenants of RFK until they move to their new stadium which is expected to be built in Maryland. Despite Redskin's FedEx Field being relatively new in sports terms, owner Dan Snyder is said to be in talks with the city to build a new stadium at the RFK site after the DC United move tot heir new stadium; this could be complete around the year 2015.
RFK Stadium sits in a direct line down Capitol Street from the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial.
Where to run in DC
DC has lots of great running trails, and I've always said I have never seen anywhere the in the world with more runners. Trails line both sides of the Potomac, and the National Mall is a very popular running locations.
Hains Point is one of the most popular running locations I have found, even though it is a relatively uninspiring, flat, maybe 4.5 mile loop surrounded on all sides by water. I did this run once in December 2008 and the winds blowing across the open Potomac were fierce and cold. On most weekends this place is packed with runners, cyclists, and rollerbladers.
C&O Canal Towpath is a 185 mile long trail that follows the Potomac River from Georgetown through much of Maryland. The trail is on the original towpath, so it is a pretty wide, flat, dirt, trail.
The National Mall is where I log most of my running miles. It is about 2 miles end to end, and it connects to some of the trails along the river, including the Hains Point Loop and the route to the C&O Canal.
Roosevelt Island has about four or five miles of trails, mostly dirt, that circle the island. While it may not be the best place for your entire run, it makes a nice scenic detour off the Custis Trail.
The Martha Custis Trail parallels Interstate 66 and runs about four miles from the W&OD trail to the Potomac River. The trial is paved along the Potomac, and I assume for the rest of its length.
The Mount Vernon Trail runs along the south and west bank of the Potomac from Roosevelt Island to Mount Vernon, a distance of some 18 miles. The trail is paved and almost perfectly flat for its entire length.
Washington DC is the world capital. Of kickball.?!
The World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA) began in Washington DC back in 1998 and has since expanded to 14,000 players in 18 states. Oddly enough about 70 of its 120+ divisions are in the city of Washington, DC, or in nearby Virginia and Maryland.
A second Washington, DC, area league, called DCKickball, is also in operation in the city, but it is much newer and smaller.
And I just learned there is another league called Play Nakid. I don't think they actually play naked.
The controversy and politics behind the three leagues is more interesting the kickball itself. The original league, WAKA, once sued the founder of DCKickball for leaving their company and stealing the secret rules of the kickball brotherhood. Somehow Play Nakid was formed by a partial split from WAKA. Who knows? I need to find a local with inside info... luckily I think I know one!
Why is kickball becoming so popular? It is kind of like the Hash House Harriers (a drinking club with a running problem) without the hard work of running. Its today's excuse to drink and socialize while convincing people there might be some exercise involved. At least they are outside for a few hours getting some sunshine.
Gravelly Point Park - near Reagan National Airport
Gravelly Point Park is located due north of Regan National Airport along the northbound lanes of the George Washington Parkway. The park offers a great view of airplanes flying in and out of Regan and also gives access to the great Mount Vernon running trail along the Potomac. Furthermore, Gravelly Point has athletic fields suitable for soccer, football and baseball, all along the beautiful Potomac River.Related to:
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Peddling around the Tidal pool!
You can rent these paddle boats and cycle all around the tidal pool. They open 15 March and remain open through out the summer months until Labor Day, 7 days a week. Then from Labor day to Columbus Day weekend they work limited days (Wedn- Sun), weather permitting.
Children must wear life vests which are provided. Parents - this is a good way to tire your kids out after a day of touring the mall!
Equipment: Wear something you don't mind getting wet!Related to:
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Go for a walk!
During my first few months I often go to DC on the weekend and just hike the mall and the tidal pool. At a leisurely rate, you can walk from the Capitol building around the circuit in about 4-5 hours.Related to:
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My march through the different baseball parks of this country has admittedly slowed. But in early June of 2006 I was able to see yet another. RFK Stadium in Washington, DC.
This is one of those old cookie cutter stadiums for multipurpose. The do not make great baseball parks but do the job none the less. We were here for the Yankees and Nationals series. Sadly we were yet again about to see the Yankees lose a road interleague game.
If you are coming here before they build the new stadium I highly recommend a seat down the first base line for a day game as it seems to bake inside here. And at least that will be shaded.
And so, yes, number 17 has been checked off. RFK in Washington, DC.
On my trip to Washington I didn't go to any sporting events but while walking around downtown I did get to see the outside of the Verizon Center. This is the home of the National Basketball Association's Washington Wizards.
The stadium is in a great downtown location and is really just a short walk from the hostel that I was staying in.
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