5 Things You Can Only Do in the Summer in Washington DC

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Summer is coming.  And in case you have a trip planned to the American Capital or you are a local and want to do something different, Washington DC has lots to offer.  Washington DC is a wonderful place to visit in the summer.  There is even more to do than usual but make no mistake, the city is busy with tourists and even locals.  Take a deep breath and prepare to face the crowds and run into people from every state and every country.

1.  Paddle Boats are one of the fun things you can only do in the summer time.  Down by the Jefferson Memorial and the waterfront you will see paddle boats for rent.  As you paddle through the title basin you can get another point of view for the Jefferson, the MLK, and the Washington monuments.

2.  Concert at the Capitol – Every weekday evening (except Thursdays) at 8 pm you can listen to a concert by one of our Nation’s military bands. The Navy plays on Mondays, the Air Force on Tuesday, Wednesday is the Marine Corps and Friday evenings the Army band performs.  You can bring a lawn chair or a blanket and listen to some rousing and patriotic tunes.

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3.  Likewise, on Friday evenings you can catch the evening parade at the Marine Barracks (8th and I).  Beginning at 845 (but arrive by 7 or 730), “the Evening Parade features “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, “The Commandant’s Own” The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, Ceremonial Marchers, and LCpl. Chesty XVI, the official mascot of Marine Barracks Washington.”

4.  Outdoor movie or music.  On the Mall or at National Harbor you can watch an outdoor movie.   Or Union Market also offers movies on the first Saturday of each month during the summer.  On Friday evenings, maybe after the Marine Barracks, head to the Navy Yard for a drink and live music.  Likewise, on Friday nights in Crystal City you can enjoy wine and music in the park.  These are just a few of my favorite examples, but similar opportunities exist all over the area.

5.  Eat outside in a classic DC neighborhood.  Like most large cities, people watching is one of the most fun things to do.  DC is no different. And when the weather turns warm restaurants throughout the city open up their patios for outdoor seating.  Some of my favorite areas include Eastern Market, Georgetown, Alexandria, and Del Ray.  Alternatively, if downtown on the mall, near L’Enfant metro or near the Navy Yard pick a food truck or two for a meal or snack!  (Note you can of course do this year round but I tend to eat and walk when the weather is cold instead of finding a nice spot to enjoy the sunshine and people watch).


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