Cool Things You Should Do in DC during This Summer

Cool Things You Should Do in DC during This Summer

Summer is just around the corner. The weather is supposed to get warm, which means that everyone will be trying to figure out fun things to do in DC that don't involve soaking up the rays. Luckily, I've been scouring the internet to find fun things on my list of to-dos in DC. 

Here is a list of some summer activities that you can enjoy without breaking the bank.

Go on a Refreshing Swim Near the City

One of the best things to do in DC during the summer is to get outside. One of the best places to do that is at Rock Creek Park. This is a huge outdoor space with a lot to offer. You are free to explore the trails and bike around the park. There are also various hidden gems, like pools and bike trails you can take advantage of. 

You'll definitely want to hit up the area's nature center to learn more about the history of the park. There are also several areas along the Potomac River you can take a dip in if you want to cool down.

Head Over to the National Mall and Take a Seat

When you are in Washington, DC, you can get access to the cost-effective and wonderful museums within the area.

The most popular ones include the Smithsonian museums. These include the National Air and Space Museum, the National Zoological Park, the American History Museum, and the National Museum of Natural History.

The other great thing about heading to the National Mall is that there are loads of places to sit and enjoy the scenery. It is also a great place to hang out on a summer day with friends and family.

Experience the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

You can also check out the free concerts and events in the city through the summer Folklife Festival. This is a family-friendly festival that is able to bring in people from all over the world.

If you head down to the National Mall, you can participate in the festivities, including concerts, dance performances, and other activities. This is a great way to experience a bit of the world without having to travel for it.

Have a Romantic Picnic in a Secret Garden

We love romance here in Washington, DC, and what better way to show your significant other you love them than by taking them to a beautiful romantic spot.

Head over to the city's stunning gardens at Georgetown’s Dumbarton Oaks and enjoy the views of the beautiful garden filled with roses for the whole summer at Kalorama’s Mitchell Park.

Don't forget to visit the Bonsai Garden at the National Arboretum. This is a beautiful garden that has trees that are kept small by specialized techniques. The garden was built for people to get a great experience using plants that are treated in a unique way. 

Grab Sunset Drinks on Incredible Rooftops

Not only is Washington, DC a great place for sightseeing, but it also has a nightlife culture.

The easiest way to fit in with the city's nightlife is to head to the rooftop bars that are popping up all over the city. The great thing about them is that they will be set up to accommodate everyone, so you'll definitely be able to find something that fits your tastes.

Get a 360-stunning view of the night sky of Washington, overlooking the National Mall to the Potomac River and the White House and even the idyllic townhomes of Logan circles and Dupont.

You will also be able to catch a glimpse of the spectacular views of the metro from the heights of these incredible rooftops.

Your trip to DC will never get boring with the options of the best things to do in DC this summer. 

Enjoy the DC Improv

When you want to experience a night out in the city, you can't go wrong with the DC Improv. This comedy club is going to be the perfect way to ease into your evening.

You are going to be able to check out the best comedic talents from across the country. The comedians on the roster will be sure to deliver the jokes and make you laugh until you cry.

You'll also be able to enjoy the great view of the city from the venue.


Summer in the city has never been so fun. If you are headed to DC and looking for great things to do, these summer activities are going to make your trip worthwhile. 

See DC Tours offers great tours including the national mall tours in Washington, DC, so you'll get a good view of the city up close. Let us help you plan your trip for this summer. Schedule a call today!