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Posted on 07.30.14
10-Minutes of The Shelby

Things To Do Within 10-Minutes of The Shelby

We consider The Shelby to be located in one of the most active and centrally located suburbs of Washington, DC.  You should NEVER have a dull moment while living here.  The best part?  You don’t even have to do the research.  We are happy to do the legwork for you.

Whether you are looking to go on a bike ride or get a cool treat on a hot summer day, we have just the places for you to do so within 10-minutes of The Shelby.  We have listed some of our favorite places below.  Feel free to comment with some of your favorite spots!  We love to hear from you.


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BELLE HAVEN PARK AND MARINA: Located immediately off the George Washington Parkway, Belle Haven Park & Marina is one of the area’s greatest treasures.  Local sailors have been using Belle Haven Marina since 1977. Their fleet of boats includes a 34′ C&C sloop Canadame (with a captain), 19′ Flying Scots and 14′ Sunfish.  For non-sailors, you will love moving through Dyke Marsh on your paddle board, canoe, single-kayak or double-kayak.  Lessons and rental equipment are available throughout the year.   – 2.4 miles: 8-minute drive


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MOUNT VERNON TRAIL : Are you into biking, running, walking and/or roller blading?  The Mount Vernon Trail is just the place for you! This scenic route is an 18-mile paved multi-use trail that stretches from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate to Theodore Roosevelt Island. It connects with regional trails, including the Potomac Heritage, Custis, Rock Creek, Four Mile Run, and Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trails.   The Mount Vernon Trail winds alongside the Potomac River offering uninterrupted view of Washington, DC’s skyline.  The trail leads to all of the same sites that can be reached by car on the parallel section of the parkway. – 2.4 miles: 8-minute drive


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TOPGOLF: All we have to say about this place is….FUN!  Driving range, miniature golf, leagues, lessons, food/drinks and MORE!  Looking for a Happy Hour with activities?  They’ve got it!  TopGolf features 76 bays spread out over 2 floors, Outdoor Patio, Free Wi-Fi, HDTV’s, LIVE band or DJ Thursday through Saturday.  The website states, ‘It’s like drinks with your best buddies, the weekly poker night, a Sunday tee-time, playing Wii with the kids, and the best date you’ve ever had – all rolled into one.’ – WE AGREE!  – 3.9 miles: 10-minute drive

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NATIONAL HARBOR: Shopping, Dining, Boating, Carousel, Outdoor Movies, Concerts, Nightlife, Farmer’s Market and the Capital Wheel…National Harbor has EVERYTHING!  This is a great place to spend the day with your friends and/or family.  In the evening, take a ride on the newly opened Capital Wheel for an incredible view of DC, Maryland, Virginia, and the Potomac River at dusk.  You can even plan a VIP experience complete with champagne! – 4.2 miles: 9-minute drive


FROSTY FLAVORS SHAVED ICE:  This place is so amazing that you can’t even find it on the internet.   It is less than a 5-minute WALK from The Shelby and it’s located on the side of Richmond Highway – RTE 1 in the Las Vegas Restaurant Parking Lot (which also does not have a website, but here is the link on Google Maps). We don’t know the hours, we don’t know the days of the week that it is open, it’s luck of the draw.  If you are lucky enough to catch it open, you can select from over 50 flavors of shaved ice!  Bring cash and enjoy one of the best summer treats in Alexandria, VA! – 0.3 miles: 5-minute WALK