The next best thing to playing on a team is getting some old-fashioned baseball practice at the batting cages. D.C.’s best batting cages promise a little something extra with every swing, from fast balls to waterpark playtime. Knock a few out of the park at the best batting cages the area has to offer.
Great Waves Waterpark
Cameron Run Regional
4001 Eisenhower Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304
Price: $1 token buys 14 pitches/$5 six tokens/$18.50 all facility pass
Great Waves keeps the plate ready and waiting for your kids to step up and take a swing. At its deluxe batting cages, take a crack at baseball, or choose slow or fast-pitch softball. Borrow bats and helmets, or feel free to bring your own. For special group accommodations and rates, book in advance. When you’re done, head to the waterpark and cool off, or grab a bite at the Riptide Cafe.
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Ocean Dunes Waterpark
Upton Hill Regional Park
Arlington, VA 22205
Price: $1 token for 14 pitches
Nothing beats batting practice at the beach at Ocean Dunes Waterpark. Located within Upton Hill Regional Park, Ocean Dunes boasts tons of fun for the whole family, including a 500-gallon dump bucket, waterfalls, water slides and squirters, and of course, nine of the area’s best softball and baseball batting cages with free bats and helmets. It features six baseball cages, offering slow, medium and fast pitches, and three softball cages with slow and fast-pitch options. Closed-toed shoes are required.
Occoquan Regional Park
9751 Ox Rd.
Lorton, VA 22079
Price: $1 for 14 balls/$5 for six tokens
Combine batting practice with a a picnic at Occoquan Regional Park. Perfect for kids of any age, the park’s batting cages offer varied hours, so check in before heading out here. This scenic, 400-acre park is situated on the Occoquan River across from the Town of Occoquan. It also offers up historic brick kilns for a blast into the past. This park serves as a trailhead for the Fairfax Cross-County Trail, the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the Occoquan Water Trail and part of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Water Trails Network.
Locust Shade Regional Park
4701 Locust Shade Drive
Triangle, VA 22172
Price: $1 for 15 balls or two tokens/$5 for 14 tokens
In addition to awesome batting cages, Locust Shade Regional park facilities include 200 acres of woods, trails, a separate small program building, pavilions, a lake, an amphitheater and a stage. Expect to take turns on sunny days here as this popular park fills up fast. Once you’ve perfected that swing, stop by for miniature golf or a little practice on the driving range. Also enjoy tennis courts, a volleyball court, fishing, boating and picnicking here.
Laurel Golf Center
9801 Fort Meade Road
Laurel, MD 20707-4425
Price: $1.50 for one token/$5 for four/$20 per half hour/$35 per hour/1 token gets 40 pitches
Laurel Golf Center is situated on more than 30 acres and, in addition to batting cages, provides a full array of golf services. In addition, Laurel Golf Center has a number of other recreation facilities for the entire family including the state’s hardest 18-hole mini golf course and a lighted softball field for evening play. Laurel Golf & Recreation boasts nine batting cages, four for softball pitching slow, medium and fast, and five for baseball that go up to even higher speeds. Pitches come every seven seconds, so helmets are required for safety. Bats are provided, but children 12 and younger must come with an adult.
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