Do you love living in the Washington, DC area? Let’s celebrate the city and suburbs, from the historic landmarks and hallowed ground to the hip and happening scene.
Favorite (and non-expensive) things to do in DC?
August 30, 2011 at 9:37 pm #140011
I have just moved to DC from California for graduate school and am looking forward to exploring the city as much possible, but I am on a pretty tight budget. What are your recommendations of fun, and cheap (or free!) things to do? Any good restaurants?
August 30, 2011 at 9:55 pm #140029
Allison: For restaurants, hop over to Washingtonian.com and look at their Cheap Eats directory; it’s sortable by neighborhood and has a lot of great and inexpensive places.
August 30, 2011 at 10:39 pm #140027
Free museums: Smithsonian
Free concerts: Kennedy Center Millennium Stage daily @ 6pm
Always know when Restaurant Week is. Check with OpenTable.com if you’re not sure.
Use Groupon, LivingSocial, Capital Deal, etc. to find good deals on food
Groceries: Trader Joe’s
August 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm #140025
The museums are free and wonderful, especially lesser-visited ones like the Smithsonian American Art Museum – it’s open til 7 and has a beautiful indoor courtyard. I also like the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. DC is also a great city for biking, with tons of trails and new bike lanes.
For cheapish food, check out the food trucks that now blanket the city. welovedc.com has a food truck tracker showing where the trucks will be.
August 31, 2011 at 5:56 pm #140023
Here is a link to a guide that was put together by previous members of my Agency’s leadership development program, specifically targeted to those who were new to DC:
Check out Chapter 5, which contains an overview of fun things to do in DC. Disclaimer: the guide is five years old now and is no longer being updated (my Agency morphed its leadership development efforts into different channels a few years ago). However, it might be a useful start.
September 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm #140021
Thanks everyone for the awesome tips so far! While I have you all here – do you guys have any places that are good to sit outside and hang out? I got spoiled and am used to living close to parks… is there any place like that you recommend for a nice day?
September 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm #140019
For an urban option, one of my favorite places to “hang out” on a beautiful day was the Navy Memorial directly across Pennsylvania Ave from the Archives. The Archives-Navy Memorial Metro station emerges right at it at ground level. On a beautiful day I would grab a book and hang out there for reading and people watching. The noises of the city co-mingled with the sounds of the fountains for a very relaxing urban experience. Several restaurants in the area made for convenient meal-time options, too.
September 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm #140017
Subscribe to groupon.com, livingsocial.com, and the capitoldeal.com These are a great way to venture out at a reduced price. Restaurants, outings, spa, etc. Just be sure to use whatever deals you end up buying prior to expiration.
September 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm #140015
Awesome, thank you! That is exactly what I was looking for – the National Mall was a bit too touristy/busy for me, so I’ll definitely check out this Navy Memorial!
September 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm #140013
I’ve also heard a lot about DC Kickball Leagues… what’s the scoop on that? And are there other sports other than Kickball?
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