Summer

See how Washington, DC does summer vacation and plan the best trip ever.

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit 'LAWN' at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC

The National Building Museum ’s annual Summer Block Party installation, now in its sixth year, is always one of the city’s biggest highlights of the season. This year, the museum is offering ‘LAWN,’ an incredible superstructure that transports visitors to a sun-strewn summer afternoon. More details...

'Lawn' summer museum exhibit in DC - The National Building Museum's Summer Block Party exhibit
DC On the Water: 12 Waterfront Activities & Things to Do in Washington, DC

The District’s two rivers, the Potomac and the Anacostia, shine brightly once the warm weather of spring and summer settles on the city. Fortunately for visitors, there are plenty of ways to explore Washington, DC’s waterfronts , with family-friendly outdoor recreation that include being both on...

Kayaking on the Capitol Riverfront - Family Friendly and Waterfront Activities in Washington, DC
12 Inspiring Public Parks & Gardens in Washington, DC

Pierre L’Enfant, DC’s first urban planner, designed “The Federal City” to be beautified by public gardens, and so it is today. You’ll find scenic landscaping around the National Mall and natural beauty in Rock Creek Park, along with dozens of gardens and parks within the nation’s capital. Here is a...

U.S. Botanic Garden on the National Mall - Free museum in Washington, DC
6 Reasons to Attend the Citi Open This Summer in Washington, DC

One of DC’s longest-standing sports traditions, the Citi Open takes place at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center from July 27 – Aug. 4. Join the throngs of fans during this nine-day top-tier tennis event. You'll see talented players from the men's circuit compete for 500 rankings points – the only...

Citi Open summer tennis tournament - Pro sports tournament in Washington, DC
Summer Sweepstakes

Enter to win a trip for two to Washington, DC, including a hotel stay, dining experiences at some of the city’s best restaurants, access to some of the city's best attractions and so much more! Summer Sweepstakes And make sure you experience the best summer ever with our ultimate guide to things to...

Summer on National Mall at Constitution Gardens in Washington, DC
#MyDCcool Fan Photos of the Month

We’ve asked our Instagram , Twitter and Facebook fans to tag their DC pics #MyDCcool , and the results have been incredible! Check out these spectacular photos from the month of July, including jaw-dropping photos from Fourth of July celebrations, stunning shots of the Apollo 50th anniversary...

@brianjacobsphotography - Sunny summer day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC
20+ Great Patios for Eating & Drinking in Washington, DC

Many of the city’s best restaurants and most exciting bars offer outdoor seating, so whether you're a foodie or just looking for some sunshine, there are great options for you. Check out our list of the best DC patios below, and make sure to visit the Georgetown waterfront , the Capitol Riverfront...

Outdoor dining on patio at Lupo Verde on 14th Street - Best restaurant patios in Washington, DC
11 Ways to Experience an Epic Family Getaway in Washington, DC

If you’re looking for the ultimate summer vacation for your family, look no further than Washington, DC. Whenever you visit the nation's capital, you’re bound for a memorable adventure. We've gathered together some of the city’s most popular things to do for families, from snapping photos with past...

Family enjoying ice cream at Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront - Family-friendly vacations in Washington, DC
Where to Find Water Parks & Outdoor Pools In & Around Washington, DC

When planning your best summer ever in Washington, DC, you may want to include a relaxing trip to an outdoor pool or a day-long adventure at a water park near DC. No worries – we have you covered with some of the best options at your disposal, including outdoor public pools, splash parks and hotel...

View of the water park at Six Flags America's Hurricane Harbor - Water parks in and around Washington, DC
Neighborhood Guide to Summer Restaurant Week in Washington, DC

Summer in the District would not be complete without Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, which runs this summer between Aug. 12-18, 2019. Throughout the promotion, over 100 restaurants across the DC area offer three-course, prix-fixe meals for brunch, lunch and dinner, with brunch and lunch...

Outdoor patio dining in Washington, DC - Fig and Olive restaurant in CityCenterDC