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Best things to do in Washington

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Plaza
“Want to see the Smithsonian Museums? Then you'll definitely want to take a stroll or bike ride along the National Mall. Stop in to see sights like the Washington Monument, Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and many others. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes!”
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Market
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“Take a 15 minute walk or short ride to Union Market, open daily with tons of great counter-service food stalls. My favorite, Neopol Savory Smokery for their smoked salmon BLT & Red Apron for their hot dogs.”
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Farmers Market
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“Come Saturdays you won't want to miss the diverse food vendors at Eastern Market. Get everything from delicious cupcakes to specialty pickles and deliciously authentic Southern Po Boy sandwiches.”
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Zoo
“Normally not zoo fans, we love the Washington one. Set cleverly into the Rock Creek Park valley, the zoo is almost like a park itself. Entrance is free, but parking is $25 or so. Fills up early especially on weekends. Many find the pandas a highlight but plenty more to see too. Our 2 year old's favourite is Rosie the cow :)”
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Science Museum
“Interested in anything aviation and/or space related? This museum will have you covered from models of the very first aircraft to models of satellites and rovers. Very cool and super informative. A massive Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater is also within this museum. It’s one of the largest IMAX screens in DC. You can buy tics online or in person when available. Major movie releases are usually shown here, but not all so definitely research beforehand. ”
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Capitol Building
“Schedule your tour with your local elected official to take a tour of this classic building where our country's legislators call home.”
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French Restaurant
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“Best French restaurant in city. Gorgeous place, great food, wine, bar, etc. Get a reservation though or be prepared to wait.”
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Library
“White House tours are hard to come by and generally have to be scheduled by your hometown Member of Congress.”
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Performing Arts Venue
“This is a fantastic, high-end theater that offers a lot of high-quality shows, both paid for and free. ”
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Music Venue
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“A 10 minute walk to 9:30 club, enjoy shows in one of the most intimate and widely known venues in the US, featuring both smaller and larger acts.”
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Science Museum
“Our Favorite museum in DC, it houses dinosaurs, the hope diamond, and so much more. Free like all Smithsonian museums, this one can’t be missed!”
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Baseball Stadium
“Nationals Park is a couple mile walk or a short ride over. The stadium is awesome- there’s not a bad seat in the house. If you want to do it on the cheap, grab the least expensive ticket you can and chill at the Red Porch Bar & Patio. Make sure to pay attention during the fourth inning for the Presidents Race. The Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds (1201 Half St SE) is a good place to grab a drink before or after the game. ”
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Park
“Great place to take a jog, see 4th of July fireworks, join weekend pick-up games, and people watch.”
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Café
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“Great place to start your day or even stop for a mid-day snack. Try the breakfast burrito!”
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Art Museum
“If you love Art please visit the National Gallery of Art in DC. You’ll find work from every movement dating hundreds of years. You can lose yourself for days here if you desire. ”
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Neighbourhood
“The options are endless! From boutiques to "mom and pop" stores in historic Georgetown. ”
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