9 public batting cages to take a swing at in Northern Virginia

In honor of the Major League Baseball postseason, here’s everywhere in Northern Virginia where you can practice your pitch or swing in the great outdoors.

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Baseball season is basically in full swing all year-round.

While many little league teams hold their seasons from March to September, the MLB postseason lasts from spring through October.

And in NoVA, there are plenty of ways to practice baseball throughout all four seasons. Here’s where to go to get a few swings in with friends, family and teammates.

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Upton Hill Regional Park
Open Wednesday-Sunday through Oct. 31, times vary
With nine batting cages, including both slow, medium and fast pitch speeds, this park is a great place for practicing athletes to hit with the team or on their own. // 6060 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; $12-$40 

Barcroft Park Batting Cages
Open daily, weather permitting
While these cages were closed for the majority of the summer, they are now open with upgraded, larger cages and four hitting bays. // 4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington; free

Occoquan Regional Park
Open Wednesday-Sunday through Oct. 31, times vary
Whether you’re new to the sport or an expert, both the baseball and softball cages have pitching machines that offer pitches in line with your skill level. // 9751 Ox Road, Lorton; $1.50 for 14 balls 

Eugene Simpson Stadium Park
Open daily through 10 p.m.
With a large cage right next to the baseball diamond, this free park is a great place to practice for your next game. // 426 E. Monroe Ave., Alexandria; free 

Cameron Run Regional Park
Open Wednesday-Sunday through Oct. 31, times vary
At Cameron Run, you can either bring your own bats and helmets to the cage or borrow equipment from the facility for free. // 4001 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria; $1.50-$40

Braddock Park Batting Cages
Open daily until 9 p.m. through Oct. 31
With separate batting cages for every age group, as well as four softball cages, this park enables anyone to try out a swing or two. // 13241 Braddock Road, Clifton; $5-$44 

Dulles Golf Center & Sports Park
Open daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m..; dependent on weather
From slow to fast pitches, the numerous batting cages at this park let you practice your swings on any type of pitch, including the curve ball. // 21593 Jesse Court, Sterling; $1-$10

Claude Moore Park
Open daily 9 a.m.-sunset; dependent on weather
While Claude Moore Park has plenty of recreational activities for you to enjoy, the several, free and well-equipped batting cages are definitely worth a visit. // 21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling; free

Trailside Park
Open daily, dawn to dusk; dependent on weather
Between the softball and baseball joints here at this Ashburn-based field lies three large batting cages open daily for public use. // 20375 Claiborne Parkway, Ashburn; free

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