"We Can Outfit You From Great Falls to Nepal"

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Casual Adventure History

Casual Adventure is a local multi-generation, family-owned and -operated outdoor specialty store, located in the Virginia Square neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. It still stands in its original location, dating back to 1955.


Originally founded as a small District Grocery Store by Oscar Stern in 1945, Casual Adventure has grown into one of the leading outdoor outfitters in the Washington metropolitan area. Currently run by Oscar's great-grandson, Eric, Casual Adventure continues to focus on its strong tradition of customer service, dedication to premier sporting goods and tactical brands, and a unique merchandising mix that few stores its size can duplicate. Customer service is the defining characteristic of Casual Adventure. Our friendly staff knows many of our customers by face, name, and gear preference. Because of this, our store has been compared to the TV show "Cheers"... but without the beers!

Casual Adventure has evolved with the times. From 1955 until 1985, we were known as "The Surplus Center." As the marketplace changed, and the revolution in outdoor gear evolved from military surplus to the cutting edge technology of today, we reinvented ourselves, changing from "The Surplus Center" to "Casual Adventure" in 1985. This allowed us to bring in a collection of the fine brands we stock today: Arc'Teryx, Columbia, The North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Benchmade, 5.11 Tactical, Mammut, and many more!. Enhancing our strong local roots and environmental consciousness, Casual Adventure has long been a member of the Better Business Bureau, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and most recently, the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance.

Our commitment to our customers begins with our commitment to our staff, who have endured the test of time. Neil (third generation) had over 40 years of experience, having started out sweeping the floors while he was still in school. Dave, our Vice President and another cornerstone of the business, has brought his unparalleled expertise for over 25 years. Eric (fourth generation) has continued the family tradition with dedicated service that began more than a decade ago. With the help of our staff, we continue to mold the vision of Casual Adventure to meet the changing needs of our customers.

We hike, bike, backpack, ski, run, race, camp out, and hang out. We frequent Skyline Drive, Signal Knob, and Shenandoah. We sponsor outdoor enthusiasts like Yul Kwan, Saeed Toosi, and Andrew Towne. We support outdoor organizations like Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, The Arlington Outdoor Lab, Potomac Overlook Park, and the Arlington Green Games. We donate to local Arlington Schools, scout troops, and clubs like the Arlington Optimists. We sponsor many local teams and leauges including Arlrington Babe Ruth, Arlington Little League, and Arlington Girls Softball Association.  Our knowledge and expertise are derived from the activites we love, and we share that passion with our customers--many of whom know us by name.

At Casual Adventure, we are dedicated to making your next outdoor experience more enjoyable, no matter the condition, no matter the final destination--even to the summit of Mount Everest. We carry products from a wide variety of manufacturers, and our staff has the expertise to help you choose the gear that's right for you. Thank you for you support for over 60 years! So yes, "We Can Outfit YOU from Great Falls to Nepal."




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Casual Adventure has been serving all you adventurers for many years. We feel it is our duty to supply you with the best gear possible.

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MON-FRI 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
SAT 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
SUN 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


PHONE 703-527- 0600

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