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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Navigate the Potomac River


4. Insider’s Tip

Pre-game at the Bullpen near Nationals Park.   

The Bullpen is the baseball equivalent of Water Taxi Beach, but along the Anacostia River in Washington's desperate-to-revitalize "Waterfront District." It's an abandoned construction site across from Nationals Park that has become the new pre- and postgame scene, with a huge outdoor bar, cheap eats (burgers, hot dogs, and tacos), a family-friendly carnival, and a concert space that features live bands on game nights. There's no entry fee and the beer is cheaper here than at the stadium, thanks to a Budweiser sponsorship.

Published on Aug 6, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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