D.C. July 13, 2017
12 Amazingly Fun Things You Can Do In Washington DC In An Hour Or Less
If you are short on time in Washington DC and don’t want to wait hours in lines or get lost in a giant museum, then you are in luck! Because while DC has tons of activities, some of them can be quite time consuming. Fortunately, DC has lots of little museums, short trails and activities that you can do in an hour or less!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. National Geographic Museum
The National Geographic Museum is an amazing underrated museum in DC. And it’s actually quite small. The museum is only one floor at the bottom of the National Geographic building. But fans of the National Geographic magazine or beautiful photography will love this museum.
2. Stroll around Meridian Hill Park
Meridian Hill is without a doubt one of the most beloved parks in DC and it doesn’t take much time to enjoy it! Walk up the steps next to the cascading fountain and view gorgeous statues and architecture. Come on Sundays for the drum circle!
3. Shop at Union Market
You can definitely spend more than an hour in Union Market but you can still see and shop quite a bit in just an hour! Union Market has over 40 vendors! You can find every type of food and culinary cuisine here from fantastic local artisans.
4. Tour Harper Macaw
Chocolate lovers will love a visit to
, DC’s only chocolate factory. Enjoy a tour and learn about how these artisans concoct delicious, flavorful chocolate.
5. Paddleboat on the Tidal Basin
Paddle boating in the Tidal Basin gives you a unique view of the monument and memorials and it’s the perfect one hour activity! Mostly because after an hour, your legs will feel nice and sore from all that paddling! It’s a work out and a fun experience!
6. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
The Textile Museum is a unique museum on George Washington University’s campus. It has a collection has over 20,000 textiles from all around the world. You can view gorgeous garments, robes, rugs and incredible fashion.
7. Kayak on the Potomac
Rent a kayak on the Potomac and enjoy the feeling of gliding across the water. You will love the feeling of waving to other kayakers and boaters and getting a refreshing look at the city from the river. Most boathouses in the area offer hourly rentals, making this an ideal one hour attraction.
8. Get seafood at the Maine Avenue Fish Market.
Head down to the Maine Avenue Fish Market, the oldest continuously operating fish market in the country. Choose from the different seafood barges, pick up some fresh seafood to cook or have a picnic at a nearby park.
9. View the art at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
The National Museum of Women in Arts celebrates women’s achievements in visual, performing and literary arts. The exhibits take up two and a half small floors inside of a gorgeous DC building. It’s perfect to visit for some quick inspiration.
10. Rent a bike from the bike share
The Capital Bikeshare program is one of the best ways to get around DC and kill an hour. It’s $2 for every thirty minutes and you can can unlock your bike at one of the hundreds of stations around the area and return it at any other station!
11. Tour the Old Stone House
The Old Stone House is a tiny house that is the oldest structure on its original foundation in the entire country. It was built in 1765 and gives a unique look into life during pre-Revolutionary America. They also have small peaceful garden out back.
12. Visit Woodrow Wilson’s Home
Self-guided tours at the Woodrow Wilson House will take an hour but provide a great glimpse into the life of President Wilson during and after his presidency. Also, since presidents were allowed to keep gifts from other countries during that time period, you will get to see incredible pieces from all over the world.
If you have a little bit more time than an hour,
then you should try this amazing activity in DC!