If you like being outside, there's plenty to do on the Peninsula. From cycling and watersports to golf and hunting, there's plenty to keep people active while outdoors.
The Peninsula offers many opportunities for cycling enthusiasts. Whether you enjoy group rides, solo jaunts or competitions, Hampton Roads has many opportunities. Courses and trailways in the Tidewater region tend to be flat but are often scenic, offering meadow views and woodlands. Many trails and courses are open to riders of all experience levels, and there are organizations to help find a ride that's right for you.
BikeWalk Virginia. Sponsors Bike Virginia in June. BikeWalk Virginia hosts two cycling events a year. PO Box 5662, Williamsburg 23188. Email email@example.com or call 757-645-1861. bikevirginia.org and bikewalkvirginia.org
Peninsula Bicycling Association. Group rides several times a week throughout the Peninsula. P.O. Box 12115, Newport News, 23612-2115. 356-1451. pbabicycling.org
Williamsburg Area Bicyclists. Group rides several times per week year-round, mostly in Williamsburg. Coordinates Bike Month during May. P.O. Box 2222, Williamsburg, 23187-2222. For membership, call 220-5464. wabonline.org
Eastern Virginia Mountain Biking Association. Group often rides at New Quarter Park in Williamsburg, Freedom Park and York River State Park, among other places. P.O. Box 7553, Hampton, 23666. Kirk Moore and Penny Rich, 566-1121. evma.org
Hit the links. Golf is a favorite pastime in Hampton Roads. The PGA and LPGA have made stops at the area's courses, some of which were designed by legendary golfers. After a two-year hiatus, the LPGA returns to Kingsmill in September.
Fees can vary widely by season, day (even time of day), age, whether you're walking or riding and other factors. Call ahead for tee times and prices.
Bide-A-Wee Golf Course. Public. Rates vary by season. 1 Bide-A-Wee Lane, Portsmouth. 393-8600. bideaweegolf.com
Colonial Golf Club. Rated one of the Top 10 Courses in Virginia by Golf Digest. Offers the only year-round golf academy in Virginia. March-November, $35-45 Monday-Thursday. Includes cart. 8251 Diascund Road, Williamsburg.golfcolonial.com
Colonial Heritage Club, Williamsburg. Private. Rates vary by season, tee time. 645-2030. colonialheritageclub.com
Cypress Creek Golfers' Club. Given a 41/2-star rating by Golf Digest. Designed by local golf legend Curtis Strange. Semiprivate. $45 on weekdays; $59 on weekends and holidays, includes cart. 600 Cypress Creek Parkway, off Route 10 Bypass in Smithfield. 365-4774. cypresscreekgolfersclub.com.
Deer Cove Golf Course. Civilians, $10 (9 holes open) daily. Carts not included. Need to be able to get on base. Cheatham Annex Naval Supply Center, at the end of Route 199 at Colonial Parkway in York County. 887-6539.
Eaglewood Golf Course. For military, Department of Defense employees, dependents and guests. Raptor course open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. during the summer, also has a driving range. Military $10-$22 (depending on rank); civilian guests $16-$28, cart is additional. Twilight special 2 p.m., 18 hloles $22. Langley Air Force Base. 764-4547.
Ford's Colony. Semiprivate. Out of State rates: $89 for 18 holes. Twilight: $69 for 18 holes. Va resident: $55 18 holes. Twilight: $45 for 18 holes. Super Twilight at 3 p.m. for $30. Includes cart. 54 holes (Marsh Hawk, Blackheath and Blue Heron courses). 240 Ford's Colony Drive, Williamsburg. 258-4130. fordscolony.com.
Gloucester Country Club. 18 holes. $13 weekends and $9-12 weekdays; $8 twilight rate. An additional $6 charge for carts per person. Golf Club Road, off Route 17, Gloucester. 804-693-2662.