The weather on the east coast these past couple of weeks has been crazy to say the least. Snow in Georgia and South Carolina, ‘Bomb Cyclone’ in New York and New England, and just generally frigid temperatures with heavy wind here in Washington DC. To be honest, I barely left my apartment at all, and when I did I was bundled up, with layer upon layer, beyond recognition.
I generally don’t mind winter and the cold weather, I actually quite enjoy it (I know I’m in the minority with this) but, even this weather has gotten to me.
Here are some great ideas for activities to get you out of the house but keep you out of the cold. These events are all Washington DC specific, however, I’m sure many of your towns and cities have similar activities.
1. ARTECHOUSE (and other museums)
“At the crossroads of art, science and technology ARTECHOUSE brings a true 21st century art experience to the nation’s capital as Washington, D.C.’s first interactive digital art gallery.” Unlike most museums you’ve been to, Artechouse encourages its visitors to touch the art. With motion and sound sensors, you become a part of the exhibitions. Perfect for both children and adults!
A few of my other favorite museums are:
- National Museum of American History (free)
- Newseum ($24.95 adult entry fee)
- National Gallery of Art (free)
- Hirshorn Museum (free)
- Renwick Gallery (free)
- National Postal Museum (free)
- Holocaust Museum (Tickets required, free w/ $1 online transaction fee)
- Here is a complete list of DC museums
2. Bocce Ball and Bowling at Pinstripes
Gather your friends or family and head to Pinstripes for a bit of friendly competition for a classic american pastime, bowling, or try your hand at a bocce ball. Do all this while snacking on some treats from the bistro and beverages from the bar.
3. Union Market
Union Market is a gourmet food hall in North East Washington, with over 30 food stands, a few restaurants and a couple boutique shops. This is one of my favorite places in DC winter, spring, summer, fall — with a wide variety of food choices to make every member of of your group happy. A great place to spend any winter afternoon!
4. Ax Throwing
Ax throwing is a Canadian backyard recreational activity that is starting to pop up in many urban locales around the United States. Washington DC now has a place of its very own. If you are open minded and down to try an unusual activity for a unique and amazingly fun experience, this is the place.
5. Wine, Beer, Liquor, Cider … Oh My!
The average alcohol consumption per capita in DC is the second highest in the country, only behind New Hampshire. I don’t know if that is something to brag about or not, but what that does mean is there are plenty of places to spend time and get a drink.
- District Winery : an urban winery and restaurant in the Navy Yard neighborhood
- District Distilling Co. : DC’s first combination distillery, restaurant and bar on U St.
- DC Brau Brewery: DC’s first production brewery in over half a century
- Here is a list of other DC breweries
- Anxo Cidery: DC’s first cidery and pintxos restaurant
Let me know in the comments if you have any other ideas for fun indoor winter activities!