Washington DC – Day Trip 1 – Polo in Virginia’s Horse Country – J

There are some early evening additions if you do the day trip loop to the south of Washington DC. This activity requires nice weather, so it’s offered only seasonally. Do check before you head out as to whether they are operating that day. This is only on Saturdays.

Another English “transplant” activity — from turn-of-the-19th century in Virginia — is Polo. As Virginians love their fox-hunting and dogs and horses, for the past 103 years in Virginia, polo is a natural extension.

Polo was actually invented over 2,000 years in Persia, making it the oldest historically-recorded sport!

This attraction is ½ hour’s drive south from the Beltway (more from Downtown Washington DC). It is between Delaplane (to the west) and Warrenton (to the south), yet it’s not far from Middleburg (to the north) or Manassas (to the east). You can combine it with other activities that I’ve already written about nearby e.g. wine-tasting. See the archive link below.

At Great Meadow Polo Field, the crowd’s favorites continuing this year include: entertaining half-time activities, tailgate competitions and dancing under the stars in the Meadow Club polo pavilion, after polo. Make it an evening. If you want to stay nearby, then see below.

Twilight Polo at Great Meadow
5089 Old Tavern Road
The Plains, Virginia 20198
Starts May 21, 2011 and ends September 17, 2011.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. each Saturday.
$30 per carload
Online ticket sales and maps and weather reports are available.

Accommodations near Great Meadow

DIRECTIONS:

From Warrenton / South: Take Rte. 17 North for 8 miles. Turn right onto Old Tavern Road (Rt. 245). Great Meadow Field Events Center is on right. Gate #1 is main entrance.

From Washington / Suburbs: Take I-66 West to The Plains (Exit #31), turn left (South) on Old Tavern Road (Rt. 245). Great Meadow Field Events Center is 1 mile on left. Gate #1 is the main entrance.

From Middleburg: Go South on The Plains Road (Rt. 626). Take a right on Rt. 55. Turn left on Old Tavern Road (Rt. 245). Great Meadow Field Events Center is 1 mile on left. Gate #1 is main entrance.

To learn more about other activities for horse-lovers, see: Virginia Horse Country Activities

Washington, DC Travel – Archived Articles

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