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What evening activities do you suggest for student groups?

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If you're looking for something different to do with your group after dark, here are a few suggestions:

  • DC's monuments and memorials are even more impressive by moonlight. Talk to your tour guide about adding on a "monuments by moonlight" tour. Or, link up with Bike and Roll or City Segway Tours to see the city from a different angle.
  • Washington Walks hosts a variety of fun and educational walking tours around the capital for students of all ages, including several evening tours. Call (202) 484-1565 for details on group tours.
  • Washington, DC's Verizon Center plays host to the NBA's Washington Wizards and the WNBA's Washington Mystics. Special rates and perks are offered to groups; call the Washington Wizards sales office at (202) 661-5050 or the Washington Mystics group sales office at (202) 266-2277.
  • Lucky Strike Lanes, a trendy bowling alley-meets-restaurant located in DC's Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown neighborhood, combines retro accents and modern technology in an upscale environment. School groups are welcome; to make reservations, call (202) 347-1021.
  • Winter visitors can enjoy nighttime ice skating at various outdoor rinks in Washington, DC: the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and Ice Rink, located on the National Mall; the Waterfront Ice Rink in Georgetown, Canal Park rink in Capitol Riverfront as well as the Pentagon Row Ice Rink, located in Pentagon Row Shopping Center in Virginia.
  • The Capitol Steps - a musical political satire troupe of former Congressional Staffers-turned comedians - offers public shows Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm in the Ronald Reagan Building Amphitheater. Special ticket prices are offered to groups of 20 or more; call (202) 312-1427 for more information.
  • Catch a free performance any day of the week at Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Shows are presented at 6 p.m. year round, with no tickets required.
  • The record-breaking comedy, "Shear Madness," invites audiences to the Kennedy Center to play detective and solve the murder of a famed concert pianist who lived above a Georgetown salon. Shows run almost nightly and groups of 15 or more are eligible to receive discounted tickets. Call the Kennedy Center's group sales office at (202) 416-8400 or click here for more information.
  • The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, located in the vibrant Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown neighborhood, remain open until 7 p.m. daily - plus admission is free. Check for seasonal hours at other museums and attractions.

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