D.C. September 19, 2017
10 Hidden Attractions Locals Keep To Themselves In Washington DC
Almost 20 million tourists come to DC every year. While residents enjoy having the visitors, it can be just a little bit crowded in some of our favorite spots. Luckily, we have some spot around DC that have are local secrets. These are the 10 best locals attractions in DC.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Meridian Hill Park
Meridian Hill Park
is a beautiful 12 acre historic park that was modeled after French gardens and Italian villas. There is a gorgeous cascading fountain, memorials, statues and beautiful landscaping.
1600 Euclid Street, NW,
2. Dumbarton Oaks
Dumbarton Oaks is a historic estate hidden in Georgetown. The home has been transformed into a museum filled with Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. Outside, the lawn is a 27 acre garden landscape with terraces, orchards, fountains and ponds.
1703 32nd St NW,
3. Renwick Gallery
Even though the Renwick has a prime location next to Lafayette Square, not many people actually visit it. The building was built in 1859 and features American craft and decorative arts from the 19th, 20th and 21st century.
1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW
4. Kenilworth Gardens
Located in Northeast DC, Kenilworth Gardens is a lush tropical park filled with waterlilies and lotuses. There are more than 40 bird species and plenty of self guided trails. It’s an oasis in a hidden part of the city.
1550 Anacostia Avenue, NE.
5. Dupont Underground
Dupont Underground is an abandoned trolley station that was abandoned in the 1960. Recently it has recently been redeveloped as an arts scene. They have rotating art exhibitions and visitors can stroll around the cool, dark tunnels.
19 Dupont Cir NW
6. Fort Reno
Fort Reno Park is a park in Tenleytown that is the highest natural point in DC. It is the location of the only Civil War battle to take place in DC. The park is a great neighborhood park with baseball fields, tennis courts and grassy areas. There is an annual summer concert series there every summer.
Donaldson Pl NW
7. Gravelly Point Park
8. Capitol Grotto
The Capitol Grotto
also known as the Summerhouse is a tiny grotto right next to the Capitol. It was built in the late 1800s to be a place of rest for weary travelers who visited the Capitol. Today, it’s a quiet spot just off the Mall that’s perfect for relaxing.
9. Blind Whino
is an old historic church that was transformed into a fantastic venue and arts space. The church has gorgeous Victorian and Romanesque architecture style and was re-imagined as a brightly colored gallery space.
700 Delaware SW
10. Union Market
Union Market is a warehouse style indoor market that opened in 1871. It’s become a community gathering space and you could spend hours shopping at Union Market enjoying fresh and prepared foods like empanadas, gelato and more!
1309 5th St NE
There are plenty of underrated attractions around DC that are perfect for exploring when you want to stay away from the tourists!
Try these 11 attractions the next time you need something to do!