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Leesylvania State Park

A quiet and peaceful beach just an hour from the D.C. center, Leesylvania State Park is also on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. Here you can find hiking spots, picnic locations, fishing piers and miles of pristine sand. Swimming, boating, kayaking and sailing are popular here all summer long. For more information, visit dcr.virginia.gov.

Atlantis Waterpark

Atlantis Waterpark, located at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, VA, is your next destination for H20-themed excitement this summer. With two waterslides, a 500-gallon dumping bucket, open pools, shady areas, sundeck and snack bar, you and your family are sure to have loads of fun in the sun! For ticket prices and more information, visit novaparks.com.

Gunpowder Falls State Park: Hammerman Area

As Gunpowder's premier day-use park, the Hammerman Area features a 1,500-foot beach and swimming area on the banks of the Gunpowder River. Within a short distance you can find food concessions, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, canoe/kayak rentals, fishing and short hiking trails. Plus, the swimming beach, beach bathhouse and day-use pavilions are accessible for all. For more information, visit dnr.maryland.gov.

Beaver Dam Swimming Club

Beaver Dam is a 40-foot-deep flooded marble quarry that has been used as a swimming hole since the 1930s. Give your inner child (and your own children!) the fun they crave with floating platforms, a rolling log, diving board and an epic rope swing. Also featured are a sandy beach, volleyball courts, picnic area, snack bar, changing rooms and restrooms, plus a swimming pool and a kiddie pool. For more information, visit beaverdamswimmingclub.com.

Patapsco Valley State Park

This park is best known for its beautiful hiking trails and thirty- two miles of Patapsco River, in most of which swimming is allowed. Anyplace you don't see a dam or whitewater rapids-where there are prohibitions against swimming-feel free to saunter into the water. You'll also find a variety of trails along the river, including paved pathways, mountain-biking trails and multiuse footpaths. For more information, visit dnr.maryland.gov.