With the weather in Washington D.C getting better, it may finally be time to venture out. Get hold of those summer shorts and swimsuits – for it is going to be a lot of fun! From beach bathing to water sports, there’s a lot that you can do outdoors this season.

As per weather data, this summer breaks the chain of horridly hot summers. You can expect the temperature in the upcoming months to be pleasant and warm. The usual mugginess lingers, of course. 

You can always visit tomorrow.io/weather/ to get accurate weather forecasts. But we are sure you won’t find anything in the forecast that will come in the way of some carefree outdoor fun.

May it be with family or friends, here’s a list of exciting activities you can try out in Washington D.C this season:

1. Paddleboarding At The Key Bridge Boathouse

What’s a summer without water sports?! Head over to Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown if you’re up for some adventure. You can try your hand at paddleboarding.

Beyond the breathtaking waterfront, the boathouse offers scenic views of the Washington Monument and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. When you’re here, you can also visit Theodore Roosevelt Island.

2. Picnic By The Jefferson Memorial At Night

Most people visit monuments during the day, making them crowded and noisy. But, why do the obvious when you can take the fun up a notch? Visit this site at night and enjoy tranquillity under a sky full of stars by yourself or with your loved ones.

Carry a blanket and some snacks, sit by the lawns of the Jefferson Memorial and enjoy a picnic of sorts. Don’t miss the illuminated site and the night lights across the Potomac.

3. Stroll At The Yards Park

The Yards Park at the center of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is perfect if you’re looking for a place where you can walk around, gaze at architectural goodness, and maybe enjoy a game of ball. 

It features a beautiful bridge and modernized ‘outdoor rooms’ for worthy picnics and playtime. Those interested can also kayak by the waterfront nearby.

4. Hit C&O Canal Towpath For A Jog 

Get your daily dose of cardio on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal trail. This 184-mile long trail guarantees stunning views of the Potomac River. The closest starting point on the route is Wisconsin and M Street at the Georgetown Visitor Center.  

After your run, take a quick break amidst the greenery. Don’t forget to wear your running shoes and apply tons of sunscreen before venturing out the C&O Canal Towpath.

5. Stroll Around The National Gallery Of Art

If you’re an art connoisseur but don’t wish to visit a closed museum just yet, a day at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden is your golden ticket. 

It offers a relaxing setting to enjoy modern sculptural works and soak in the balmy sun. Keep an eye out for the ‘Jazz by the Garden’ event that is hosted here every Friday.

6. Segway Tours Across The City

Walking around in the summer heat can get tiresome. But, if you’d still like to enjoy sightseeing minus the weather woes, you can thank Segway tours. Get up close and personal with all the great sites of Washington D.C, while biking your way through the city.

Tour operators across the city are now offering Segway runs and guided biking trips. Enroll for one this weekend and explore the city like never before.

7. Trek To Lincoln’s Summer Cottage

Put your hiking boots to use with a trek to Lincoln’s summer cottage in northern D.C. Located 300 feet above sea level, the historic site is also where the president wrote the Emancipation Proclamation.

It boasts cool weather and optimum air quality for the most part of the summer and is an ideal spot for families and couples looking to get away from the madness of the city.

What’s Your Pick?

While the weather in the city is promising now, it is prudent to keep safety in mind before venturing out. Remember to check for COVID norms and revised timelines before visiting any of the above-mentioned sites, and always keep a bottle of sanitizer at hand! Also, don’t forget to carry some snacks, food, and water with you if not, ensure you eat at hygienic and clean places to ward off the pandemic woes. With the right precautions, summer will be fun!


I'm the daughter of an Italian family of diplomats, the second of three children, and a global citizen. I've lived in 7 cities around the world, I have a gigantic crush on Italy and my name has been mispronounced more times than I can remember.

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