by Elizabeth Sponaugle, Online Editor, and Kate Billingsley, Staff Writer

Spring break is here! While many people go on vacation and flock to the beaches, others stay in this area. Here are a few fun ideas if you’re looking forward to your staycation.

Take a Trip to DC:

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Visit the Tidal Basin for some fun paddle boat rides!  Image from http://boatingindc.com

Whether you have a free day or just a couple of hours, DC has a variety of things for everyone. A trip to the tidal basin a variety of fun activities. Rent paddle boats, see the cherry blossoms and tour the monuments.  The tidal basin is metro accessible and a fun trip all around! Go paddle boating here!  

 

 

 

Visit an Art Museum:

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The infinity mirrors in the Hirshhorn Museum create a one of a kind experience. Image from http://hirshhorn.si.edu

There are lots of great artwork in DC, but the Hirshhorn Museum is one of a kind. With their infinity mirrors, abstract sculptures, and free admission it’s definitely worth the visit. Certain exhibits are only open through May, so get your trip in soon! Check out the Hirshhorn here!

 

 

 

Go see a movie:
Need a few hours to relax? Go to the movies! Tysons Corner and many other theaters in the area have a variety of movies. Some popular ones are the thriller Get Out, the Disney remake Beauty and the Beast, and the comedy Chips. Check out the movies, ticket prices, and showtimes here.

Check out the 930 club:
The 9:30 Club always has a variety of concerts on tap. The club is known for their small but very good talent and always is fun! Check out their upcoming concerts here.  

Visit the Mosaic District:

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Overhead view of the Mosaic District, Fairfax VA. Image from The Washingtonian

The Mosaic District is a place full of opportunities. They have pianos sitting on the street, places to shop, and great food. The shopping seems infinite, and the restaurant choices are top tier. Between the shopping, food, and other fun activities the Mosaic District is a fun place to be.

 

Take a nap:
Honestly, everyone’s tired after this quarter, just take a break.   

Hit the Zoo:
The zoo is a great place to be! It’s fun, family friendly, and you get a rare opportunity to see amazing things. A highlight at the National Zoo are the new baby cheetahs! Admission is free. Check out Zoo activities here!

Go to a Nationals Game:
Want a relaxing afternoon at the ballpark? Take a trip to Nats Park, which is located just miles away, and accessible by metro. Over Spring Break, the Nats have six home games, with tickets starting at just $12, there’s no excuse not to go! For ticket information and game schedules, check out this link

Take a Hike:

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Scenic view, overlooking the Shenandoah Mountains. Image from the Washingtonian.

Escape from Northern Virginia and take a relaxing drive through the Shenandoah Mountains. The beautify scenery and crisp mountain air will make you want to stay forever! The Park Service has tons of trails available, with varying difficulty and length. You can view the list here

 

 

Go Laser Tagging:
You’re never too old to beat 8-year-olds in laser tag! With laser tag places scattered throughout the area, possibilities are endless! The closest one to Stuart is Ultrazone, in Baileys Crossroads. Here’s a link to get a Groupon for discounted play! 

Kayak on the C&O Canal:
Ready for a change of pace? Rent kayaks, paddleboats, canoes, and more from Fletcher’s Boat House in DC. Located right on the Chesapeake & Ohio canal, it’s easy to jump into a boat and go! Rates for rentals of these boats and more are available at the Fletcher’s Boat House website, located here.

Chill at the Alexandria Waterfront:

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The waterfront in Old Town Alexandria. Image from Northern Virginia Magazine. 

Old Town Alexandria was designed as a historic district, and was once home to George Washington! Old Town is full of independent shops and restaurants. After you shop and eat, visit the Torpedo Factory Art Center or just walk around. Admission is free! To find out more about Old Town, and plan your visit, look here.

 

 

Visit the National Arboretum:

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With unique architecture and plant life, the National Arboretum is a must visit place! Image from the Washingtonian. 

The National Arboretum is located on New York Avenue in Washington DC. The Arboretum is a 446-acre park, full of flowers, architecture, and animals. Bring your bike and ride around and admire the scenery! It is open daily, and admission is free. If you don’t have a bike just walk or rent one from the Capital Bike Share. The arboretum is a great place to explore, and take Instagram-worthy pictures!