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The return of baseball is a signal moment of spring, and this year the Washington Nationals are expected to contend for a World Series title.
The first weekend series is April 13-14, against the National League East rival Atlanta Braves, and the following weekend series is April 27-28 against the Cincinnati Reds.
Pretty much every other weekend is a homestead through September. And itís easy to make a full day of the outing thanks to an almost bewildering transformation in the adjoining neighborhood surrounding Nationals Park.
Want to learn how to fly on the trapeze? Trapeze School New Yorkís Washington campus at Fourth and Tingey streets Southeast will gladly hoist you up.
Care for ice skating? You can partake at Washington Canal Park at 1100 New Jersey Ave. SE, at least until Sunday, when the park closes off its ice skating trails.Get Crabby
Blue crab season for the Chesapeake Bay is just around the corner. Start getting ready by scoping out two of the best places in and around the city for crabs, shellfish, drinking beer and lazing about: The Quarterdeck, at 1200 Fort Myer Drive in Arlington, Va., and the Maine Avenue Fish Market at 1100 Maine Ave. SW in D.C.
The Quarterdeck, a decades-old neighborhood haunt bordering the Armyís Fort Myer, is the kind of place at which itís easy to lose track of time. Instead of a metropolitan area of millions of people, youíll feel like youíre in a shack in the boonies with a great crowd and good grub.
The same vibe goes at the Maine Avenue Fish Market, a throwback that feels a million miles away, not across the street, from the Mandarin Oriental luxury hotel. Crabs, clams, oysters, shrimp and everything fried and unholy cram onto a gritty part of the Potomac River. But grab some steamed shrimp and a beverage, and hang out on the water and try to think of a cooler way to spend a spring weekend day.Cherry Pits
Notice we didnít mention the cherry blossoms and their annual festival? Donít worry. Everyone else will.