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If someone came to visit, they’d have to come by my place to get a burger and pizza, and a toasted marshmallow milkshake. We have to go down to Georgetown and walk around the Potomac. Have to go see a show at the 9:30 Club. Have to go to the White House. Have to walk up and down the Mall — go to the museums and that kind of good stuff.
Washington has many wonderful activities for all seasons that are perfect for locals and tourists alike. Even as a native Washingtonian, I still find many of the city's most familiar activities-- like exploring the monuments and museums around the National Mall-- to be exciting and worthwhile year after year. Of course, there is much more to Washington than the Mall. Some of the best activities include:
Skating at the new Washington Harbour rink. Open daily for public skating, this rink is located in Georgetown and offers beautiful views of the Potomac River.
Taking in a show. Washington is a city of culture. The Kennedy Center offers execptional performances nightly, and many additional theaters and venues in the area feature worthy performances as well. The newly-reopened Howard Theatre is a popular venue for locals.
Dine around town. It's easy to follow in the trail of Washington's most famous diners, President and First Lady Obama. In addition to dining out at many of the city's Forbes-rated restaurants, the Obamas also love the occassional low-cost yet highly delicious splurge, like Ray's Hell Burger or Good Stuff Eatery.
Get active. Use Capital Bikeshare to rent one of the city's nearly 2,000 bikes and ride around town to your heart's content. Biking is a great way to see the sites of the city. Convenient and low-cost, a membership costs only $75 per year.
On July 11 from 6-8 pm, the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park hosts the seventh annual Brew at the Zoo, a celebration of craft beers with tons of creative food and drink. For one night, the Zoo allows the 21-and-over crowd to take over and enjoy suds from more than 60 breweries while cavorting with the animals. (Just make sure to avoid beer-soaked bets about who can jump in the lion cage.)
Live entertainment and food samples from some of the area's best restaurants, including Belga Cafe, Matchbox, and Et Voila! round out the evening. Food trucks will swing by if you want to purchase extra food (and you probably will, because Jose Andres's Pepe Food Truck will be there with its irresistable Iberico ham sandwich). General admission tickets are $65 but spring for early admission at 5 pm for just $20 more. Sober driver tickets are $30. All proceeds go to animal care and conservation.