It’s officially summer! The solstice has arrived and it’s time to celebrate the arrival of the sunniest month with some good times. Inspired by the “50 Things to Do (Other than Watch a Movie)” list, I’ve decided to make my own list of summery things to do around DC. Since we live in such a diverse city, there is no shortage of things to do. So grab your S.O. and/or some friends and head out to try these fun things that you’ll love!
1. See the monuments.
I really need to go do this one. I’ve lived around DC for my entire life and haven’t made it to the top of the Washington Monument. There are so many historical places to visit and you don’t even have to worry about getting lost because you live here! Navigate the city like a pro as you point tourists in the right direction. Hey, maybe even take one of those double decker bus tours? Get the feeling of being on vacation without having to book a single hotel reservation.
2. Go to an outdoor movie.
Okay, so this one does involve going to a movie, but this idea is just too cute to pass up! What’s better than your favorite movie under the stars? There are many outdoor movie festivals during the summer all throughout the DC area (check out NoMa Summer Screen). The movies start around 7pm, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the food, music and entertainment beforehand. Best of all entrance is FREE! Check online ahead of time to see what movies are playing, then grab your picnic basket and blanket and head on down there!
3. Go for a walk.
This is definitely one of the most underrated activities because there are some really scenic areas around the DC area. Depending on where you live there are probably a few trails or scenic outlooks near you. I personally like the C&O Canal or walking the the waterfront in Georgetown. You can bring your dog and make a date of it! The trees, the water and the monuments in the distance. What’s not to love?
4. Try a new ethnic cuisine.
I love going out to eat, but I always find myself going to the same types of restaurants. Branch out! There are so many different types of restaurants in the city. Try Korean BBQ at Mandu on K Street or Ethiopian at Ethiopic on 5th Street or look for some local food trucks. Looking for high-end dining on a lower budget? Check out DC’s restaurant week! Restaurants offer reduced fixed price menus to encourage people to try the food. Summer 2014’s dates will be released soon, so keep your eyes peeled.
5. Visit the Tidal Basin
There are so many picturesque places in the city and the area around the Lincoln Memorial is definitely one of them. It overlooks a beautifully landscaped area and you have a gorgeous panoramic of the DC skyline. Don’t forget to try paddle boating! Get your workout in while enjoying being on the water. While you’re at it, snap a few pics of you two having a great time!
Whatever you choose to do, DC has a ton of options. Make the most of your summer! We only get one per year, so put on your sunscreen and sunglasses and explore your city! Tell us about your favorite DC summer activities in the comments below!