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Things To Do in the Winter in Washington DC

Despite the cold, winter in DC provides a whole other world of magical activities, many of which are ideal for families. Here are some of the top things to do in the winter in Washington D.C.:

Go skating

Two of the top rinks in DC are at the Sculpture Gardens and in Georgetown.  In fact, the rink at Georgetown is reportedly larger than the iconic Rockefeller Center venue in New York.  Perfect your turns and jumps as you glide across the ice in this perfect winter wonderland setting.

Skiing, Snowboarding, Sledding and Snow Tubing

If you enjoy the snow, you can head to one of the nearby ski resorts for the day or the entire weekend.  Popular choices include Wisp in Maryland and Whitetail in Pennsylvania.  Other options include tubing or sledding down the hills of many of DC's parks.  Rock Creek Park features an especially good sledding hill, the secluded "P Street Beach" (off 23rd and P Streets).


Washington D.C. is full of indoor museums with fantastic exhibits. Whether you want to enjoy art or prefer a history lesson, you can find the perfect exhibit. Many of the museums even have special programs and areas for children.

Indoor Playgrounds

DC is home to a collection of indoor playgrounds that enable your kids to run wild, regardless of the weather.  The National Building Museum on F Street is a go-to spot for families featuring two big play spaces that encourage kids to build structures with Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs and other toys.  Another favorite is the ImagiNations Activity Center at the National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall that allows kids to explore nature culture and lifestyle by weaving baskets, surfing a virtual river in a kayak or crawling around in a real teepee.

Movie Theaters

Of course, one of the tried and true ways to escape the house is a trip to the movies.  With all kinds of area theaters, it's easy to find a movie everyone can enjoy. You can even head to one of the  IMAX Theaters at either the Natural History Museum or Air and Space Museum.  The Air and Space Museum also boasts a Planetarium to enable visitors to experience the stars without ever venturing outside.

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