If spring is here, then summer can’t be far behind, which means one thing – it’s the best time to bask under the sun and make a splash in some of Loudoun County’s best water attractions.
Water sports and recreation are some of the essential outdoor activities you can try here in Loudoun County, Virginia. Here’s a quick list of places you should visit with friends or family.
Covering about 600 acres, Beaverdam Reservoir is a source of drinking water for the residents of Loudoun County, VA. In 2023, however, it’s slated to be a fully developed water park. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) and Loudoun Water have partnered to make that project a reality.
Fishing, kayaking, and hiking are staple activities at the tranquil Beaverdam Reservoir in Ashburn. It’s also a great place for some quiet time or go on a brisk hike to get your heart pumping.
Beaverdam’s waters are accessible between March 1 to November 30, during daylight hours. Hiking trails (2.3 miles total) are open to the public every day.
We could all use a bit of an adrenaline rush after being cooped up in our homes for much of 2020. Harpers Ferry Adventure is a good place to safely start venturing out again. Located near the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, this rafting outfitter offers a host of water activities, from whitewater rafting and canoeing to kayaking. You can also go ziplining.
Well-trained staff provide nothing short of excellent service. They’ve also taken all of the necessary precautions to ensure physical distancing and sanitation protocols are in place. Expect longer waiting times before each activity.
The schedule varies throughout the year, but general availability for 2021 is:
- Thursdays to Mondays – April and September 7 to November 1
- Mondays through Sundays – May 1 to September 6
- Mondays through Fridays – November 21, 2021 to March 31, 2022
If you’re planning to bring the kids, consider heading to Volcano Island Waterpark. This tropical island-themed park is home to a variety of slides, water cannons, sprinklers, and water dumping buckets — all of which make for an entire day of exhilarating fun!
Volcano Island Waterpark also has a mini 18-hole golf course. Plus, delicious food and drinks at the aptly named Paradise Café for when tummies start rumbling.
The waterpark is under the jurisdiction of NOVA Parks and is still in the process of finalizing its schedule for 2021. Bookmark their website or sign up for the NOVA Parks newsletter to get updates for the upcoming spring and summer season.
Phone: (703) 858-3730
Facebook page here
Head over to OmFloat to experience pure relaxation in their state-of-the-art flotation tank. It’s one of the most soothing water-based therapies in Loudoun County.
The feeling of weightlessness as you float just above the 10 inch-deep water helps you enter a meditative state that will help you let go of all that pandemic-induced stress and anxiety. Each session lasts for 90 minutes.
OmFloat is taking just a few appointments per day at the moment due as a safety precaution, but they’re open on Mondays and Thursdays through Sundays (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Phone: (540) 338-7603
Facebook page here
The Franklin Park Pool is actually two swimming pools. Both feature water sprays and slides. Locals frequently go here especially during the warmer months of the year. You can’t go wrong with a simple and family-friendly mini-vacation within a sprawling 203-acre public park.
This 2021, the pool area opens on May 23 on a limited capacity. Contact the park managers to make online reservations. Walk-ins are currently not accepted. More relaxed restrictions come into play beginning July 1. See Franklin Park Pool’s guidelines for more details.
Alternatively, you can check out the Franklin Park fishing lake. You can catch trout, bluegill, largemouth bass, and other types of fish. Park authorities usually hold an annual trout fishing derby, but this and similar events like this are postponed until further notice.
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