Things to Do Around DC

Downtown DC from above.

Downtown DC from above.

This week marks my sixth year anniversary as a resident of the DC area! As much as I love to travel, I truly believe that you can experience that feeling of adventure and discovery right in your own backyard. I put together a list of over 50+ different and off-beat activities that, despite this being my 8th summer in DC, I (mostly) have yet to experience. Moreover, I’m a fan of art, history and being outdoors, so a lot of these activities are geared towards those types of activities.

Whether you’re new to DC, been here for years, or just looking for something new to do. Here’s my list of 100+ mini-adventures around the DC area that you can start doing today!

Northwest DC

  • Adams Morgan
    • Participate in the Sunday Drum Circle at Meridian Hill Park
  • Columbia Heights
    • Monday Night Trivia at Wonderland
  • Farragut Square
    • Visit the White House. Request a tour through your state representative or senator.
    • White House Garden Tour
  • Federal Triangle
    • Visit the FBI Education Center
  • Georgetown
    • Twilight Tour of Potomac or Stand Up Paddleboarding at Key Bridge Boathouse
    • Check out the Soundscape at Dumbarton Oaks Garden
  • Logan Circle
  • Shaw / U Street
    • Thursday Night Trivia at Nellies
  • Woodley Park
    • Go on an Elephant Trails Tour at the National Zoo

Southwest DC

  • Waterfront / Navy Yard

Southeast DC

  • Anacostia
    • Kayak on the Anacostia River at Ballpark Boathouse
    • Visit the Frederick Douglass House and admire the views of the DC skyline
    • Visit Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
    • Check out the Anacostia Community Museum

Northeast DC

  • H Street
    • See a demonstration of Ethiopian coffee making at sidamo coffee Ethiopian 2pm Sunday

In Maryland

  • Annapolis Area
    • Have a dinner al fresco on Wednesdays during Dinner Under the Stars
    • Go sailing around Annapolis
    • All You Can Eat Crabs at Harris Crab House on Kent Island (M-F)

In Northern Virginia

  • Arlington
    • Friday evening concert at the Air Force memorial
    • Walk around Roosevelt Island
    • Watch planes at Gravelly Point
    • Night time at the pentagon 9/11 memorial
    • Arlington House at Arlington Cemetary
    • Visit the DEA Museum
  • Fairfax County
    • Lunch buffet at Woodlands
    • Rent a canoe at Burke Lake Park
    • Peking Duck at Peking Gourmet Inn
    • Bull Run – Picnic at The Winery