(Closed) What’s fun to do in DC?

posted 8 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am a big history nerd.  I would love to go to DC. My Fiance and I originally wanted to elope in DC but it’s just so expensive.

 

I would check out the Smithsonians and the art galleries and monuments.

 

I am sooo jealous!! Have fun and take TONS of pictures

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

What do you like to do? I definitely recommend the zoo, cause it’s awesome and free. I hear the holocaust museum is really good, but depressing. R and I were super bored at the Native American museum.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m going to DC in November for our mini-moon! I lived there for 6 years, so I know and love the area. Smithsonian museums are AMAZING and free, but if you only have a few to hit up, I would research them a bit and pick out what you and your FH are most interested in, it would take at least a full week of 8 hour days to make it through all of them.

Here’s a pretty comprehensive list I gave to a friend of mine who visited recently:
Cool places to drink:
Madam’s Organ in Adams Morgan (often has live music too)
The Reef in Adams Morgan (though it may be a little cheezy)
Brickskellar in Dupont (has or had the guiness book of world records for number of beers in one place)
Russian House in Dupont
Science Club near Farragut North
Rocket Bar- gallery place/chinatown

Cool place to eat:
Rumba Cafe in Adams Morgan (Latin cuisine) 
Tabard Inn in Dupont (try to get a patio seat)
2 Amy’s (pizza)
Ben Chili Bowl- U street area (historic and delicious!!)
El Pollo Rico- Arlington (delicious chicken)
Pizzeria Paradiso G-town (pizza)
Filomena-Italian (decor is over the top but food is good)
Ten Penh (near white house)
Tony and Joe’s Seafood

Cool things to visit/see:
National Geographic headquarters (they always have new exhibits in at least one of the buildings, I used to work there!)
Eastern Market (big flea/Sunday market)
Rock and Roll Hotel (go online and see who’s playing!)
HR57- fun Jazz club, historical
Kennedy Center
FDR memorial
National Archives to go see the displays the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence

Cool place to go for run or walk
Georgetown trails, a lot of people definitely like Rock Creek park as well but you can walk (or run) from Georgetown up to Tenelytown through one trail
Capital Crescent Trail (right on the water by G-town)
National Zoo- it’s free!

Have an awesome time! It’s such a great place to visit!

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

You should go to the mall and see some of the monuments (Lincoln, WWII, Washington monument, Vietnam War memorial), and maybe some Smithsonians. If you want to shop, Georgetown is nice. The Holocost museum is really amazing/interesting, but can be depressing. I also didn’t love the Native American museum, and that’s a type of thing I’m typically interested in.

There’s a lot of history and monuments for different things, so just walking around in the “mall” area can fill up a day or more.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

I was actually underwhelmed by the American Indian Museum. American History is my favorite, probably mostly because of the First Ladies exhibit, which has a bunch of really cool old dresses, haha.

I think WWII is my favorite memorial, although I haven’t visited all of them.

The National Aquarium (in DC) is also NOT worth seeing – although the one in Baltimore is supposed to be way better.

Finally, The Newseum is AWESOME. Totally worth the entrance fee. Totally. It’s one of my favorite museums anywhere in the world.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

the Native American museum is boring BUT has the best cafeteria on the National Mall. 

 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@ddw: The Baltimore Acquarium rocks!  Last time we were there they had baby dolphins!

The Smithsonians are fun, I liked the Natural History one and the one with all the cultural stuff (like Dorothy’s slippers), don’t remember the name of it.  My husband loved the Aerospace and Plane one.  I liked the Holocaust Museum, but it is very sad (especially because of family history).

Walking up and down the mall is fun, we have never actually gone in the Washington Monument but we went to Lincoln, JFK, WWII, and the Vietnam War memorials.  I really want to go to the Treasury where they print money but it’s hard to get in there!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@ddw: The Baltimore Aquarium definitely rocks!! I want to say it’s the best in the nation.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hey! Just wanted to put my 2cents in and reiterate some the fantastic suggestions.. some of my favorite places include the memorials (especially Lincoln, I never get tired of it!), Eastern Market, and Georgetown in general. Hope you guys have a great time!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Newseum is my favorite museum here, absolutely worth the money. National Gallery of Art (free) is really nice and away from the Mall (and near some good restaurants!).

It’s not DC, but Alexandria is really adorable and I think Mt. Vernon is completely worth the side trip. 

There’s a segway tour of DC that I’ve heard good things about. 

Georgetown is worth going to because it’s super cute even if you don’t want to do a lot of shopping. 

 

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@ribbons: Oh I agree about Mt. Vernon.  Very educational!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I also agree Mount Vernon and Alexandria are worth a stop, if you have time. I also love the Corcoran Art Museum- it has my favorite painting ever. If you like art, you should go. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I second the vote on the Corcoran, there’s an entry fee, but like @pinkbubblegum said, if you like art you should go. They always have such fantastic exhibits that seem to change pretty regularly.

I agree that the American Indian Museum has the best cafeteria, but I disagree with the folks who say it’s boring. They have some truly awesome performances, and some interesting artifacts. But again, it’s all about what you and your FH are interested in, do the research, it’s nice that Smithsonians are free. 

I also worked for the segway tour company for a very short period of time. I can tell you because of the crazy stipulations it takes to be a tour guide in DC these folks know what they’re talking about and a lot of them really enjoy their job. I would definitely check it out if it’s something you’re into. You’ll learn a lot in a little bit of time.

There’s also a walking ghost tour and a historic tour in georgetown, I think, I’ve never done it, but I’ve heard good things.

Other places outside of the mall and georgetown to go to are some places in Dupont, there’s Kramer’s and Afterwords, bookstore and cafe, and lots of other little shops right along the way there. Also really great different restaurants in that area.

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper

@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Dorothy’s slippers are in National History, a floor up from the First Wives’ dresses exhibit. 🙂 I’ve been wanting to visit Air and Space too – we ducked in to get some reprieve from the heat a few weekends ago, but it was about 3 hours after the Glenn Beck rally let out, so there were literally thousands of politically conservative tourists EVERYWHERE and we just sat in a corner and cooled off before moving on, didn’t look at anything, haha…

 

Ooh, guitargirl, if you’re going to be in Georgetown, you should definitely stop by Georgetown Cupcakes – don’t be intimidated by the lines, they’re there for good reason!

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