Summer Water Escapes

From major regions like the Eastern Shore to Virginia’s Historic Triangle, find out where you can escape concrete and asphalt to take in lakeside breezes and scenic marshlands.

The balmy temperatures of a Northern Virginia summer arouse dreams of tubing down a river or diving into tumbling waves on an Atlantic beach. Lucky for us, the Mid-Atlantic is blessed with hundreds of places to cool off and get wet, and this guide will help you find your bliss.

Maybe you’re looking for hardcore adventure such as whitewater rafting, jet skiing or flyboarding—this guide has you covered. Time may be tight, so a sunset cruise down the Potomac River will do. That’s here. Whether you want to navigate miles of coastline along the Chesapeake Bay, steer a kayak through the historic inlets of the James River or chase the trail of wild ponies on Assateaugue Island, these destinations are stress-reducing, affordable ways to beat the heat.

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