Aquatic Fun in Northern Virginia – From the Beach to the Lake

Aquatic fun in virginia abounds

While you might think that Virginia is primarily about outdoor fun like hiking, mountain biking and the lake (and that’s certainly a part of it), but there’s a great deal more to enjoy in this amazing state. Aquatic fun is found everywhere you look, from lakes to rivers and, of course, the broad expanse of the Atlantic Ocean and Virginia’s stunning beaches. What are some of the “must experience” water sports in this great state? Let’s take a look.


Lake Fairfax Park

Will you be in Reston? If so, there’s a lot of enjoyment to be had around town, but make sure you check out Lake Fairfax Park. The lake covers 18 acres and manages to deliver an incredible amount of fun. Rent a paddle boat and head out onto the water, or take a tour boat ride for some guided enjoyment. There’s also fishing available if you’re a fan (or the parent of a budding angler). If you’re looking for something a bit more rustic, check out the lake’s campgrounds. Finally, the waterpark at the lake is fun for all ages, and provides an entire day of enjoyment.

Great Falls Park

If Kayaking is your thing, Great Falls Park offers experienced kayakers an opportunity to ride some of the most spectacular rapids in the region.

Harpers Ferry

The Harpers Ferry area has many tube rafting opportunities for those who enjoy a more lazy ride down the Potomac River. Come early because these river tubing and rafting rides are very popular in the summer months.

Virginia Beach

Probably the most famous of Virginia’s beach cities, Virginia Beach has pretty much anything you might want to do on the ocean. Soak up the sun on the sandy beach, build sand castles with the kids, or head out for some swimming in the water. There’s a lot more, too. For instance, the Virginia Beach Ocean Breeze Waterpark is fun for the entire family, and you’ll need more than one day to explore all that it offers. If you want an up-close look at some of the area’s marine life without having to snorkel or scuba dive, then head to the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center located in town. Finally, the Boardwalk is probably the one area that every visitor will want to experience.

Eastern Shore

Enter the 17-mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and venture out to Virginia’s Eastern Shore, where you’ll find stunning beaches, warm water and lots of sun. Kiptopke State Park is the place for birdwatchers, but sun worshippers might prefer Cap Charles Beach (the lack of waves means that even small children can play in the water safely). There’s a bicycle trail that runs through the Asseteaque National Seashore, and you’ll find plenty of options to get out on the water, from kayaking to paddle boats, snorkeling to diving.


You’ll find great fishing available up and down Virginia’s waterways, from the winding rivers to the beach. However, some of the richest fishing is found where the two combine – there are quite a few rivers that flow into Chesapeake Bay and the confluence of salt and fresh water means that you’ll have the chance to catch a very wide range of fish species.


As you can see, there’s really no end to water fun in Virginia, whether you prefer freshwater, saltwater, or something with waterslides.


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