Staycations, part 3: Action and Adventure!

If the skies have cleared and you want some adrenaline pumping through you, check out these staycation destinations:

Sandy Spring Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School is where you can be Tarzan for a day.  The park is “an aerial forest adventure” that includes 13 separate courses of bridges and zip lines through the trees.  While coordination is key, all ages over five can participate.  Each course has its own difficulty level and all guests are given a safety introduction as well as harnesses and helmets.   Gear up and start blowing through the trees! (Literally.  For an article about the other activity, check out Darlene Reyes’ article here).

Then there’s Terrapin Adventures located in Savage, Md., approximately 30 minutes from Takoma Park.  The facilities include a zip line, climbing tower, giant swing, and ropes course.  There are also special deals for groups, and the website boasts it’s a great teambuilding activity.  (“Trust falls” are so junior-high—take your grownup friends here instead).

If you want more physicality and suffer from tree allergies, then check out Earth Treks in Rockville.  The indoor facility features state-of-the-art rock walls with over 38,500 square feet of climbing space.  Their walls have different heights and inclines, which makes this another family-friendly activity.  For those less sure-footed, or those looking to improve their technique, lessons are available as well.

If you prefer water to earth, then try the Takoma Aquatic Center, which is free for Washington, D.C. residents (bring your ID).  For non-residents, it ranges in price between $3 and $7, depending on age.  The indoor facility has lap lanes, three diving boards and a children’s pool, plus classes for fitness fanatics.  Another short drive away is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Swim Center in Silver Spring.  Outdoor areas include water slides and a lazy river—get there early to stake out a spot!

And if all this adrenaline exhausts you, swing by University of Maryland for a calming walk through the Memorial Chapel Gardens and Labyrinth.  Constructed as a place for the community to meditate and relax, it’s a perfect haven for the ragged thrill-seeker.  Programs and activities for all ages also occur regularly.

About the Author

Jamie Lee
Jamie is a rising senior at the University of Maryland where she is a journalism and English double degree candidate. (She was awarded the "most inspiring future author" superlative in her fourth grade class which spurred her love of the written word and storytelling). In her spare time, she enjoys tennis and swimming.