“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Recess Outings is a family-friendly bicycle outing company in Washington, DC created for adults who want to bring their young children along for the ride. Adults choose a route, register online for small group outings and simply show up outdoors. We handle outing preparation, gear and logistics. We know how hard it can be to get out the door, so we ensure that bicycles, child seats, helmets, snacks and other equipment are ready and waiting, alongside expert guides who will lead the day’s outing.
Recess is a local, neighborhood business. We love Washington, D.C. and scout our routes endlessly to make riding through the city as smooth as possible. We promise not to ride the typical tourist path. We won’t subject you to crowded crosswalks during peak cherry blossom bloom. Instead we might pedal past the ballpark and meander along the river a few hours before game time to catch the energy of the day. Beyond policy and politicians, D.C. is our hometown — full of eclectic artists, athletes and families. Sixty-nine miles of bike lanes and wide city streets are perfect for pedaling. Trails and paths throughout urban parks and along the Anacostia and Potomac rivers are growing longer by the day.
At Recess, we applaud grown-ups in their efforts to go play outside. We aim to promote continued health and athleticism among adults in the city who want to share with their children the importance of fresh air, local exploration and life-long play.
Recess Outings was founded in 2015 in the Washington, DC neighborhood of Capitol Hill, where recess is generally frowned upon.
“Is it any wonder why the approval ratings of the Congress go up every time we go into recess?” -Former U.S. Senator Robert Byrd