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.
Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. Hosted the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship and the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Championship. Golf course $79-$149. Gold and Green Course fees for 18 holes include cart rental. 401 South England St., Williamsburg. 220-7696. colonialwilliamsburgresort.com/visit/golf
The Hamptons. 27 holes: Woods nine, Lakes nine, Links nine. 18 holes, $19 weekdays; $21 on weekends, with cart fee $10.60. Golf lessons available with PGA pro Gary Anderson. 320 Butler Farm Road, Hampton. 766-9148. http://www.hampton.gov/thehamptons
Heath Tres Golf Course. Nine-hole lighted course. Each hole is par-3. $8 for 9 or 18 holes. North Park Lane off Big Bethel Road, Hampton. Owner: Skeeter Heath. 766-7550.
Honey Bee Golf Club. Public. Rates range between $27 - $43. 2500 South Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach. 471-2768.
Kiln Creek Golf and Country Club. Semiprivate. Head Pro Jamie Conners and Assistant Pro Dalton Scott give lessons. $48 weekends, with cart; $22/Monday-Thursday, nine holes. 1003 Brick Kiln Blvd., Newport News, 23602. 988-3220. kilncreekgolf.com
Kingsmill Golf Club. Championship courses designed by Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer, Tom Clark and Curtis Strange. River Course, Plantation Course, Woods Course. Rates range from $45-160. 1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, 23185. 253-3906. kingsmill.com/golf
Kiskiack Golf Club. Semiprivate. $30-$85. 8104 Club Drive, James City County, just off the Croaker exit on I-64. 566-2200. traditionalclubs.com
Lambert's Point. Nine holes. Early bird specials (before 11 a.m. daily); $30 with riding cart weekdays; $33 with riding cart on weekends. Located at Old Dominion University. 489-1677.
Links at City Park. Nine holes for nonresidents, $12. City Park Avenue, Portsmouth City Park. 465-1500.
Nansemond River Golf Club. Rates range from $49 regular weekday rate, $29 twilight rate. $59 regular rate, $39 twilight rate. Both incude a cart. Off Route 10 at Route 58 in Suffolk. 539-4356. nansemondrivergolfclub.com
Newport News Golf Club. Championship and Cardinal courses (with cart), $32 on weekdays; $36 on weekends. 901 Clubhouse Way, Newport News. 886-7925. nngolfclub.com
Ocean View Golf Course. Public. $26 on weekdays before 9 a.m., $35 after 9 a.m.; $43 on weekends for nonresidents. Twilight $21. 9610 Norfolk Ave., Norfolk. 480-2094. oceanviewgc.com
Piankatank River Golf Club. Semiprivate. $36 on weekdays, $49 on the weekends. Route 629, Hartsfield in Middlesex County. 804-776-6516. piankatankrivergolf.com
Pines Golf Course. 27 holes. Guests $31 Weekdays, $33 Weekends. Fort Eustis, Newport News. 878-2252. eustismwr.com
Riverfront Golf Club. $49.50-59.50 weekdays; $59.50-$69.50 on weekends. 5200 River Club Drive, Suffolk. 484-2200. riverfrontgolf.com
Sewells Point Golf Course. Call Wednesdays at 8 a.m. for weekend tee times. Weekday rates 18 holes $18, 9 holes $10. Weekend rates 18 holes $20, 9 holes $10. Civilian rates 18 holes $26, 9 holes $17. Call for rates. Military course at Norfolk Naval Station. 444-5572.
The Club at Viniterra. Designed by Rees Jones and open to the public. Call for pricing and to schedule tee times. 8400 Old Church Road, New Kent. 804-932-3888. Viniterra.com
Tradition Golf Club at Royal New Kent. Public. Weekday $88, weekend $99, twilight $40 for 18 holes, includes cart. Interstate 64 to exit 214, Route 155, New Kent County. 804-966-7023. traditionalclubs.com
Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse. Public. $40-$99 for 18 holes, includes cart. Take I-64 to exit 227, take 30 North and the course is about a half-mile on your right, in James City. 9700 Mill Pond Run, Toano. 566-1138. traditionalclubs.com
Sleepy Hole Golf Course. Public. $29-$53. Ranks No. 8 on Golf Digest's list of most affordable public courses in the country. 4700 Sleepy Hole Road, Suffolk. 538-4100. http://www.sleepyholegolfcourse.com/
Suffolk Golf Course. Public. $39 with a cart on weekends for nonresidents. Residents are $35. After 1 p.m. weekends, $25-$29, includes cart. 1227 Holland Road, Suffolk. 539-6298.
Virginia Beach National. $39-75, starting April 1. Pete Dye and Curtis Strange designed the course, formerly known as the TPC of Virginia Beach. 2500 Tournament Drive, Virginia Beach. 563-9440. vbnational.com
Williamsburg National. $70-$79 for nonresidents on weekends. Two courses. Designed by Tom Clark. 3700 Centerville Road, Williamsburg. 826-5732. wngc.com
The Woodlands Golf Course. Public. $17 for 18 holes on weekdays. 18 holes for $19 weekends. Cart not included. 9 Woodland Road, Hampton. 727-1195.
Public hunting areas in Hampton Roads.
Chickahominy WMA. Deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, dove and waterfowl. The area can be approached from U.S. Route 60 at Providence Forge by taking state Highway 155 south, then left onto Route 614, left on 615 and bear right onto 623.
Hog Island WMA. Hunting with a gun on the Hog Island Tract is allowed for waterfowl only on a strictly controlled basis. Hunting on the Carlisle Tract is open to the general public under general regulations or as posted. Here, there is the opportunity to bag deer, dove, quail, squirrel, rabbit and turkey. The area is accessed from state Route 10, between the towns of Surry and Smithfield, north via Routes 650 or 617.
Dismal Swamp Tract of Cavalier WMA. Cavalier WMA features deer, bear, turkey and small-game hunting. Deer and bear hunting is conducted through the department's quota hunt system during the general deer firearms season in the city of Chesapeake. Beginning Dec. 1, Cavalier WMA is available to all hunters pursuing game during open seasons. The Dismal Swamp tract of Cavalier Wildlife Management Area is closed for spring gobbler hunting April 17-18. The main tract of Cavalier remains open on these days. Take Route 17 south to Ballahack Road. Go left on Ballahack for 1.5 miles, and the entrance to Cavalier WMA is on the right.
Ragged Island WMA. There is the opportunity to hunt deer in the pine islands and other high ground. Other upland game animals on the area are raccoon, rabbit, fox and squirrel. Waterfowl are hunted by jump-shooting the ponds and creeks, and from licensed blinds on the wider creeks or the James River. The area is bisected by U.S. Routes 17 and 258, and state Route 32, southwest of Newport News and Hampton at the southern end of the James River Bridge.
Hampton Roads has a variety of health and fitness clubs, each with different resources. Most offer group classes, and if there is a pool, often the club will have swim lessons.
Bally Total Fitness. Located on 12255 Hornsby Lane, across from Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News, this club has a pool downstairs and a variety of free weight and cardiovascular machines. Personal training is available for an extra fee and group exercise classes, such as spinning, yoga and pilates are free with a membership. For membership costs and more information, call 249-1315.
Curves For Women. With locations in Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown, Williamsburg and Poquoson, these facilities specialize in 30-minute workouts, three times a week, consisting of strength training and aerobics. For phone numbers, visit curvesinternational.com/locations
One Life Fitness. Located at 815 Middle Ground Blvd. and 11805 Fountain Way in Newport News, some of the amenities include racquetball and basketball courts and a theater that has cardio equipment instead of seats. You can watch movies on a projection screen while you work out. Group exercise classes and personal training are also available. For more information, call 599-1888 (Middle Ground), 599-5433 (City Center) or visit onelifefitness.com
Pilates Training Center. A by-appointment studio at 1130 Old Colony Lane, Suite 201, Williamsburg, also offers group classes. Information: 229-5002 or http://www.pilates-center.net
Riverside Wellness and Fitness Centers. With a Newport News and one in Gloucester, Riverside offers a variety of facilities and classes, depending on the location. Some locations offer such amenities as tennis, racquetball, volleyball and basketball courts and swimming lessons. Group exercise classes, personal training and fitness testing also are available at some locations.
•Newport News location: 12650 Jefferson Ave., 875-7525.
•Gloucester location: 7516 Hospital Drive, 804-693-8888. For a list of membership costs, hours and available services, visit riversideonline.com/rwfc
Total Fitness. A 24-hour location at 6120 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News provides personal training, sports-strength camp and sports lifting. For membership and other information, call 827-0629 or totalfitnessclub.com
YMCA. With locations in Hampton, Yorktown, Suffolk and Newport News, these facilities offer more than just aerobic and strength training equipment. Swimming lessons and group exercises also are available at some locations. For phone numbers in your area, visit ymca.net
Give your arms a workout. Whether you want to row for fun or competitively, the choice is yours.
Virginia Rowing Club. Recreational and competitive rowing for men and women in single, four- and eight-person shells. Summer classes for novices. Based in Hampton but open to all Peninsula residents. Meets three times a week in summer, and has monthly races. P.O. Box 9661, Hampton, 23670. varowing.org
Newport News Rugby Football Club. Practices Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Crittenden Middle School, with games on Saturdays. Brian Whitehead 753-6683. Information: newportnewsrugby.com
If you like the thrill of competing or training with others, the Colonial Road Runners and the Peninsula Track Club offer plenty of local opportunities.
Colonial Road Runners. Based in Williamsburg but serves runners from throughout southeastern Virginia. Open to men and women of all ages. Many races (each with run/walk between 5 kilometers and 8 miles, often along with 1-mile fun run) held annually. P.O. Box 657, Williamsburg, 23187. Rick Platt, 229-7375. colonialroadrunners.org and firstname.lastname@example.org
Peninsula Track Club. Has about 35 races a year, ranging from 5-kilometer events to half-marathons, including many summer events, along with social events. P.O. Box 11116, Newport News, 23601. Joe Hanney 826-6952. peninsula trackclub.com
Hampton Roads Hash Harriers. Weekly group runs combined with social events. Tidewater, Hobo, Virginia Beach Full Moon, Fort Eustis and Hampton groups. 552-8043.
If being on the water is your style, there are boat rentals, charter and group tours, or if you have your own water craft, boat ramps. The Peninsula is sandwiched by many rivers, including the James, York and Hampton, and the Chesapeake Bay.
Hampton Yacht Club. Private club with docks on the Hampton River. Offers educational programs, monthly meetings, sailing training for adults and seniors, and hosts races. 4707 Victoria Blvd., Hampton. 722-0711. hamptonyc.com
Back Creek Park. Public. Six lighted outdoor hard courts. $2 an hour before 5 p.m., $4 an hour after 5 p.m. Open 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5-10:30 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday. Closed on weekends. 3000 Goodwin Neck Road. For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation. 890-3850.
Centre Court Racquet Club. Semiprivate. Eight hard indoor courts. Members play for $20-$24 an hour. Nonmembers play for $25-$29 an hour. Leagues, lessons, clinics offered. 12445 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. 595-5639.
Hampton Tennis Center. Public. Opens April 1. Seven lighted outdoor clay courts. $5 an hour per court; reservations encouraged. Leagues, lessons, clinics offered. 9 Woodland Road, Hampton. 727-1193.
Huntington Park. Public. 20 asphalt outdoor courts with lights. Open 3 p.m.-9 p.m. $2.15-$2.69 per half-hour and $4.30-$5.40 an hour. Leagues and private lessons available. 361 Hornet Circle, Newport News. 247-8587
Kingsmill. Private, but the courts are open to the public. 13 clay courts and two hard courts. Memberships available. Private/group lessons, cardio tennis, tennis 1-2-3, leagues, junior clinics available to the public. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nonmembers: singles $36, doubles $48. 931 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg. 253-3945
Howard Mast Tennis Complex at Lake Meade Landing. Public. 10 hard courts, four lighted. Free. Main Street, Suffolk. Suffolk Tennis Association, 934-7822.
McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. Semiprivate. Six indoor courts. Hours and rates vary. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg. 221-7378
Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center. Private. Three indoor hard courts and six "hydro-clay" outdoor courts. 12650 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. 875-7525
Two Rivers Country Club. Private. Four hard courts (lighted) and six clay courts (four lighted). 1400 Two Rivers Road, Williamsburg. 258-4607
Williamsburg Inn. Semiprivate. Memberships available for locals, and courts are available for hotel guests in Colonial Williamsburg. Nonmembers, $24 an hour. Six clay and two hard courts. Opens near end of March. Teaching pro available and pro shop. Francis Street, Williamsburg. 220-7794.
Windsurfing Enthusiasts of Tidewater. Meetings are the first Thursday of each month on the Peninsula and are announced on sailwet.com and windvisions.com Windsurfing instructor: Pete Wells, 851-3224.
If the need for speed is more your style, check out competitive go-kart racing at Langley Speedway in Hampton.
Hampton Roads Kart Club. Has races from April through October at Langley Speedway. P.O. Box 8146, Yorktown, 23693. 249-5278. hrkc.com
Langley Speedway. Hosts Whelen All-American Series races from April to October. 11 Dale Lemonds Drive, Hampton. 757-865-7223. langley-speedway.com
Boo Williams SportsPlex. Opened in 2008, 135,000-square-foot sportsplex. Seats 4,000. Eight basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, eight field hockey fields, competition track surface. Open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Court rentals available. 5 Armistead Pointe Parkway, Hampton 23666. 637-7300 and boowilliamssportsplex.com
Norfolk Tides. Minor League Baseball AAA International League. Play from April-September, with home games at Harbor Park, 150 Park Ave., Norfolk 23510. 624-1048 or norfolktides.com
Peninsula Pilots. Coastal Plain League. Play from June-August, with home games at War Memorial Stadium, 1889 West Pembroke Ave., Hampton 23661. 245-2222 or peninsulapilots .com
Norfolk Admirals. American Hockey League. Play from October-April, with home games at Scope Arena, 201 East Brambleton Ave., Norfolk 23510. 640-1212 or norfolkadmirals.comCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun