A one-of-a-kind museum and play center for kids, KID Museum is place where kids and parents can indulge in a host of educational and recreational activities. Through a number of interactive installations and activities, this museum makes learning a lot more fun to basic subjects. From science and mechanics, to art, history and culture, here each topic is brushed upon with a touch of fun. Various activities, events and workshops are also organised here, wherein kids can get a more in-depth understanding on a vast array of topics.
A frequent site of nationally significant memorial services, the National Cathedral is open to worshipers of all denominations. Under construction for most of the 20th Century and completed and consecrated in 1990, this Gothic cathedral is the sixth largest in the world. Flying buttresses, gargoyles, crypts, a 98-foot (30-meter) vaulted ceiling and many intimate chapels contribute to this architectural masterpiece. The grounds invite exploration with curving walkways, well-kept hedges and spacious lawns from which to view the city.
The famous assassination of President Abraham Lincoln here on April 14, 1865 has placed this theater firmly in history. Opened just four years before that fateful night, the theater has now been restored to its 1865 appearance and is again a showcase for plays. The basement-level Lincoln Museum displays artifacts from the assassination, including the gun John Wilkes Booth used to kill Lincoln. Mementos from Lincoln's life are also on display. Across the street is Petersen House, the place where Lincoln died.
A site of fun and learning for kids, Be with Me Playseum is the perfect place to spend an exciting day out with the family. An amalgamation of a culture center and playhouse, here kids can indulge in a myriad of educational and entertaining activities and events. From play-shopping and petting animals, to painting and art, educational games and themed events, each activity is designed to help kids interact, learn and enjoy with others of the same age group.
Washington Improv Theater, or WIT, is one of the only places in Washington DC to see longform improv. For those not familiar with the term, longform improv is a series of improvised scenes and games that the players act out based on an initial suggestion from an audience member. What this really means is that you will be non-stop laughing from when the show begins until when it ends. WIT's shows generally last between 70 to 90 minutes - that is a lot of laughing.
Port City Brewing Company claims the title for the oldest packaging brewing company in the DC area. You may wonder, what's there secret behind being successful for all these years? Some may claim its the legendary hopzooka, a piece of machinery created by the brewery's brewmaster that allows hops to be added to beer without ever being exposed to oxygen. You can spot this piece of magical beer machinery on a tour of the brewery, or simply enjoy the results of such a creation when you sip on one of the brewery's many hop-tastic beers. Just be sure to look for the pineapple on top of the Port City Brewing Company sign - this spiky fruit signifies that the brewery is open.
If you are looking for a cheap night filled with friends, tasty food, and a whole lot of karaoke, then look no further than The Meeting Place. This restaurant-bar has been operating for many years and continues to draw crowds with its wild Friday night karaoke sessions. Also popular is the weekday happy hour, where you can get drinks at a discounted price before dancing the night away.
Dupont Underground is housed in an abandoned tunnel in Washington. The walls of the tunnel are adorned with works of contemporary art and they organize regular exhibitions of photography and art. The venue is also available for small-time music performances and other events. The space is home to many local artists and they are working towards transforming the space into a hub for arts and creative activities.
Unwind after work with friends at the Bier Baron Tavern and Restaurant while in the city. This restaurant has more to offer than just food with comedy events and open mic comedy shows as well. Relish on dishes such as Pierogi, Hummus Platter, Cheese with Bacon, Buffalo Chicken Salad, Bratwurst Sandwiches and Homemade Chicken Pot Pie which can be complemented with drinks from their brew menu. Patrons usually praise the restaurant for their kind and friendly staff.
Owned by 37 local, professional artists, the Studio Gallery is known for its display of contemporary art, which is exhibited solo and in group shows. The exhibitions showcase the talents of budding and established artists. This gallery is also on rent, in the evenings, throughout the year. Visit the website for featured artists and their works.