Washington DC, has a lot to offer the traveler in the off season. December, January and February make up the low season: Hotel prices are lower, but remember, so are the temperatures. Winters are freezing in Washington – literally. Bring your coat, hat, gloves, scarf and thermal underwear to help combat the temps, which generally hover in the 20s, 30s and 40s. Even though it is a little cold here, it is still the best time to go and visit the Nation’s Capitol. No one ever wants to deal with crowded areas and not being able to get around and see all they have traveled to see. Luckily Capitol Express Tours is here to help you get through it all easier. When you book a guided tour you are allowing yourself freedom to enjoy all that you are visiting, and being able to learn from locals what DC is really like is just an added bonus. In this article we will go over some of the fun activities that you can do while you are in Washington, DC with your family. The capitol does not allow the cold weather to stop them from having some fun. Let’s get started!
Winter Fun In Washington, DC
Downtown Holiday Market is back, transforming two blocks near Capital One Arena and Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery into an open-air market. Shop more than 70 retailers, plus enjoy food vendors and a live stage with regional performers and carolers. The locals love visiting this market a long with everyone who comes to visit Washington, DC. The Holiday Market in Gallagher Square is a fun night for the whole family and will feature local and European artisan shops, magical lighting displays, seasonal food and beverage. This is a nice little market to get Christmas Shopping done, and just have a nice stroll and enjoy the atmosphere.
Sculpture Garden Ice Rink
Not too many places you visit have an ice skating rink, and it is always a nice surprise to come across when you are on a get away. The rink is open from November 19th- March 6th. The experience of skating in the Sculpture Garden, surrounded by the grand architecture of national museums and monuments, is enhanced by splendid views of large-scale sculptures by modern and contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, Tony Smith, and others from the Gallery’s one of a kind collection of pieces. Please note that the ice rink may be closed due to rain or extreme temperatures. In the evening, when the Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed to the public, access to the ice rink is restricted to the entrances at Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive near 9th Street. If you are looking for something fun and exciting for the family to enjoy be sure to stop by the rink and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Step Afrika! is a dance company dedicated to the African-American tradition of “stepping”. It is a non-profit organization that tours nationally and internationally, presents residencies and workshops worldwide, and uses “stepping” as an educational tool. This is a way to get to see another culture and how they dance and celebrate in their culture. The founder of this form of art is C. Brian Williams founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Step Afrika’s mission is to preserve, expand, and promote an appreciation for stepping through professional performances and to educate, motivate, and inspire young people in and out of school through arts education programs that emphasize stepping’s core values of teamwork, commitment, and discipline. Stepping has been popularized by National Pan-Hellenic Council member organizations who give tributes to their historical Greek letter organizations and also perform at local and national competitions. Stepping has become popular among the Greek organizations to show spirit and pride in their fraternity or sorority.
Farmers & Distillers
While you are in Washington, DC be sure to visit Farmers & Distillers! This is a great place to relax and have good conversation with locals and learn more about the city. Farmers & Distillers celebrates this legacy with the opening of its own distillery, Founding Spirits, led by Beverage Director Jon Arroyo. … Like its sister restaurants, Farmers & Distillers will also serve Founding Farmers Rye Whisky and Founding Farmers Gin. Founding Farmers is majority owned by American family farmers, including the 47,000 farmers of the North Dakota Farmers Union. The Nation’s Capitol has many other great distilleries for you to visit as well. The capitol has much to offer everyone and all walks of life. If you are one who enjoys tasting local brew you should schedule a visit to one of these amazing places!
Capitol Express Tours; Winter Fun in DC
Washington DC has something for everyone to enjoy no matter the time of the year. From ice skating to watching a live Broadway show. If you are working on planning your trip be sure to check out Capitol Express Tours, this way you are guaranteed to see all the sites you are eager to see. You can sit in a golf cart and be close to the ones you love as you travel through the National Mall. Traveling is made easier when you book a guided tour!