Active D.C.-area residents looking to maintain their lifestyles and move to the vibrant National Harbor community are in luck. Bozzuto’s The Esplanade at National Harbor is teeming with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to please any athletic-minded Marylander — you’ve just got to know where to look. Use our helpful guide to plan your next workout and find a new home that will accommodate your way of life.
For starters, just steps outside your door, the National Harbor is filled with plenty of fitness opportunities. Since the community is on the Potomac River, the area plays host to many recreational and athletic water activities. Rent a kayak, canoe or pedal boat by the hour or charter a sailboat if you love commanding a small boat. If you’re really feeling adventurous, consider taking on the hottest water activity trend: standup paddle boarding. Yogis looking to really switch up their practice should consider taking a class on the paddleboard. The fear of plunging off the board and into the water will really get your heart rate up.
If group classes are your thing, the National Harbor has plenty options for you too. Enjoy Waterfront Fitness on the Plaza. From May until September, a WillPower Functional Fitness instructor will lead a group of students in a different workout every week—best of all, this is free. The fun Color Run where runners are doused in various colors at points throughout the 5K is also held here.
If you enjoy exercising alfresco, the neighboring area is home to parks that conveniently fill this niche. Nearby Oxon Hill Farm features two trails—a 1.6-mile long bike and hiker trail in addition to a 0.3-mile Woodlot Trail. This is ideal if you’re looking for a leisurely day hike or bike excursion. Plus, you can check out the farm animals while you’re there. If you’d like to perfect your Tiger Woods-like swing, head to Hudson Creek Golf Course. This Fort Washington, Maryland, is a par 33, nine-hole golf course just minutes from The Esplanade. Best of all, this gorgeous course is located on a 53-acres of rolling hills dotted with tree-lined fairways. Visitors also can enjoy an 18-station driving range.
For an intense outdoor bootcamp, personal training, or extreme sports training, head to National Harbor’s Custom Fitness Concepts. You can sweat it alongside other “bootcamp-ers” weekly here. This business also offers nutrition counseling if you need to improve your diet.
If you prefer to keep your workouts indoors, the Esplanade has just what you need. The building comes with a fitness room complete with cardio, resistance and strength equipment. All that equipment means you’ll get a full workout or can just exercise the parts that need work (hello weak biceps). If exercising in the water is your thing, head to The Esplanade’s two-level courtyard with a swimming pool where you can practice your laps. The property also has an on-site golf simulator so you can work on your killer swing.
With all these options at your fingertips, you’ll be able to get in shape and enjoy your Esplanade home in style. And really, what more could an active resident ask for?