My Short DC Adventure List or How to Build Your Community

Updated: Nov 30, 2019

Having spent the last ten years in Washington, DC and now having just moved with my family to Croatia, I’d like to share a few of the adventures that turned DC from the nation’s capital to my home. It’s not the adventures themselves that made the District home, but it was the community I found in the process.

This Is not an exhaustive list or in any particular order and most of these activities can be low cost and/or free. If you’re a long time DC resident, you might know many of thse, but there might be one or two that you don’t.

YMCA Triathlon Club (Y-Tri) and Organized Sports Clubs: Why it took me eight years in DC before I joined a triathlon team, I’ll never know. But if you are new to the area, looking to meet new and awesome like-minded people, hoping to chat about anything other than work, want to get in or stay in shape, or just want to a group to train with, I super duper highly recommend joining a sports team – there are a million. My girlfriend, now wife, and I joined the YMCA’s triathlon team, Y-Tri, in 2017 and are sooo thankful. It has been so much more than a triathlon club and we will count many of its members as lifelong friends, something hard to find in a city as transient as the District.

Rock Creek Park – Running Trails and Beach Drive on the Weekends: Rock Creek Park is an oasis for animals and people yearning for substantial green space. Situated roughly in the center of the District, the park is crisscrossed with running and hiking trails, bikeable roads, a creek (please don’t swim!), green spaces, and picnic areas. The major street running through the park, Beach Drive, is closed to vehicle traffic on the weekends making it a perfect place to ride your bike, have a skate, take a walk, or anything else of that sort.