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10 Fun Winter Activities in Washington D.C.

DC in winter

The holidays are over and wintery weather is settling in… but there’s still lots of adventure to be had in Washington D.C. during the winter months!

Below are 10 of the top winter activities in and around Washington D.C. this winter:

  1. Experience the beauty of D.C.’s monuments and memorials in the winter. Enjoy popular sites like the Washington Monument and the Lincoln, Jefferson, World War II, Vietnam Veterans, and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials without the usual crowds.
    Capture stunning pictures in the winter landscape.
  2. Go ice skating. Get fresh air and exercise while enjoying our beautiful city in a fun way.
    Check these outdoor ice rinks, including an ice skating path.
  3. Sample local produce, food, and gifts. Head to Eastern Market, the 136-year-old food and arts market in historic Capitol Hill. Try the famous blueberry buckwheat pancakes or a crab cake sandwich, or shop for produce, meat, flowers, household items, and gifts in the indoor market. On the weekends, there’s an outdoor farmers market.
  4. Check out a festival or other special event. There are events happening year-round in the Washington Metropolitan area. See this month-by-month listing for ideas.
  5. Celebrate Chinese New Year, which begins February 8. Watch a parade, attend a family festival, listen to live music and more.
  6. Snap selfies with historical figures. Head to Madame Tussards Washington DC to see wax figures of all the U.S. Presidents, plus movie and sports stars and famous musicians.
  7. Attend the ballet. The Washington Ballet offers moving performances year-round.
  8. Watch the dancing colors of butterflies in the Smithsonian’s Butterfly Habitat Garden. Kids and adults will have fun watching the beautiful insects and learning about their life cycle at this warm indoor garden.
  9. Have a drink and a snack on the patio. It may be winter, but that doesn’t shut down the Poste Winter Lounge. Enjoy s’mores and warming winter cocktails while snuggling under blankets by the fire pits. Every Thursday through Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.
  10. Visit a museum. No list would be complete without mentioning the Smithsonian Museums. With free museums and galleries covering history, art, space, natural history, and even the world’s largest stamp collection, the Smithsonian has something for everyone.

And whether you’re traveling to the city for the New Year or live here and have resolved to get out and about more this winter, DCPath has you covered!

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What’s your favorite wintertime activity in Washington D.C.? Please share in the comments.

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