10 Things To Do in Northern Virginia & Washington D.C.

10 Things To Do in Northern Virginia & Washington D.C.

1. The Fridge-South D.C.

A space that serves the community as an art gallery, a performance area, and a venue for music and learning. It is located in the Eastern Market neighborhood of D.C. and is dedicated to keeping music and the arts accessible for all people and for all ages. With constantly changing exhibits that focus in emerging artists and street art, and a welcoming attitude that hosts street performers, poets, acrobats, and musicians, this space is sure to be on the of the most unique in D.C.

2. National Portrait Gallery: Votes for Women—A Portrait of Persistence portrait exhibit from March 29, 2019-January 5, 2020

The portraits outline what the museum describes as, “The more than 80-year movement for women to obtain the right to vote as part of the larger struggle for equality that continued throughout the 1965 Civil Rights Acts and arguably lingers today.” This exhibit captures the steadfastness of women through American history and will give you the opportunity to experience the forceful story of women.

3. The Mansion on O Street—Dupont, Washington D.C.

Don’t let the face of the Mansion fool you; this hidden gem in the middle of Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., has treasures that you’ll have to experience to believe. It is a hotel, club, and conference space, as well as a fantastic place to take a day trip. With thousands of books, art, and memorabilia to explore during tours, the Mansion also has over 70 secret doors and 100 rooms to discover.

4. Old Town Alexandria

A significant part of Alexandria that has historic charm and family friendly places and events. Enjoy the day taking the trolley to the waterfront, independently owned shops, and variety of restaurants.

5. Clemyjontri Park in McClean, Virginia

This park features a sprawling and unique playground where children of all abilities can play side by side. Children who use wheelchairs, walkers, braces or who have sensory or developmental disabilities are all welcome. There is something for every child at the Park to climb on, touch, read, do, or create.

6. Shirlington, Virginia

A family friendly urban village that is located in the southern part of Arlington County and has shopping, restaurants, and theaters. A cozy and calm afternoon can be spent here and is entertaining for any age.

7. Madame Tussauds in Washington, D.C.

The celebrity wax museum in Washington, D.C. is one of the most fun attractions. It gives you the opportunity to rub shoulders with A-list celebs,

musicians, athletes and all 45 presidents. Don’t just learn about history; be a part of it at Madame Tussauds.

8. Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Virginia

Great Country Farms is a pick-your-own-fruit farm in Bluemont, Virginia that has harvest seasons year-round. Attractions include mazes, fishing pond, goats, and a cow train. Right now, Tart cherry picking season is ongoing, so make sure you stop by before the season ends.

9. Crumbs and Whiskers in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

This one is for all shameless cat lovers. Georgetown creates a unique space by combining two things everyone should love—cats and coffee. You can purchase your 70-minute experience and spend time relaxing with rescue cats, drink your favorite latte, and adopt a new furry friend.

10. Capitol Hill Books in Washington, D.C.

This used bookstore on Capitol Hill has three floors of quality used books including first editions and rare books. Fiction upstairs, nonfiction downstairs, a basement with science and sci-fi and 20 other non-fiction sections. There is something for every bookwork, so feel free to go and explore.

Tim Riddick