If you have lived in DC and Northern VA all your life, perhaps you want to go out and explore it a little. Maybe friends are coming to visit, and you have decided to take them out and show them around your city of residence. Or maybe you and your family are on vacation, and you would like to know what to do while in the area. Whatever your reason for visiting, here is a list of some of the top things to do in Washington DC and Northern VA.
City Segway Tours Washington DC
Choose how you want to experience Washington DC with City Segway Tours, and have fun while doing it. This is a great way to show friends around, and possibly see parts of the city that you never have before. Through City Segways Tours, you have the option to tour Washington DC by Segway, bicycle, walking tours, or bus tours. They offer several tour packages to choose from at various prices, and even allow you to bundle two or three tours together and save on costs.
While in DC, bring your sweet tooth over to Georgetown Cupcake, a gourmet cupcake bakery located on M Street NW. They make a large variety of flavors. You can either walk in and buy some or call ahead and order some cupcakes in advance for your group. Baby shower, engagement party, Christmas fiesta, Halloween…they also sell all kinds of different assortments for whatever occasion you need cupcakes for. Almost too pretty to eat, these cupcakes will always be a hit.
Speaking of parties, if you are getting a group together for a celebration, consider hosting your party at Bobby McKeys. At this dueling piano show bar, teams of pianists take audience request allowing you to dance, sing-along and listen while enjoying a classy pub-fare menu. Birthdays, reunions, holiday events, bachelorette parties, or whatever your party needs are, this is the place to go. They also put on live shows and events, so if you only plan to visit for a day, look at their calendar and see what they have planned.
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
If you and your group are aviators and history lovers at heart, you might want to visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. They have two large hangars displaying thousands of historical artifacts from various aircraft and space vessels. While there, visit the Airbus IMAX Theater, the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower, and the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar. Admission to the center is free, so all you have to pay for is parking.
Room Escape Fairfax
Bring your taste of adventure down to Room Escape Fairfax and try problem solving skills in one of their many escape rooms. They offer eleven different rooms with various themes, puzzles, and surprises. Room Escape also provides team building exercises for corporate teams, birthday packages, and a mobile escape room for kids called Magic School.
Honey Pig BBQ Centreville, VA
When you and your group get hungry, have lunch or dinner at Honey Pig BBQ’s Korean BBQ restaurant, located in Centreville, VA. They serve a variety of BBQ dishes including pork, beef, shrimp, and duck. They also offer spicy options and octopus, squid and even small beef intestine for adventurous types. For the best and most innovative Korean faire in the DC area, this is the place to go.
Hogback Mountain Paintball
Step up the intensity of your group or corporate trip with a high stakes game of paintball at Hogback Mountain Paintball, located in Leesburg, VA. Birthday parties, large scale events, public play, and more is available for all veterans and newbies to the game. You can also purchase season passes which gives you annual or bi-annual access, or get a gift certificate for a friend.
Enjoy an interactive game of laser tag with friends, relatives, and strangers alike at Laser Quest! Begin your adventure by finding your nearest location (Potomac Mills for the DC area), then book your visit. Take a large group of friends there or plan your child’s next birthday party. Laser Quest offers a variety of packages starting with their regular game at $9.00 per person. They also offer Ironman missions, Team Tuesdays, as well as day, monthly, and summer passes.
For the artistic types, Muse PaintBar combines painting instruction with a restaurant & bar – hosting painting sessions 7 days a week for simple get togethers with friends and all variety of occasions. Sip on wine as a Muse instructor guides you and your group with step-by-step painting instructions. And enjoy a few hors d’oeuvres while you celebrate paint-night in style.
Crumbs and Whiskers DC
Coffee and kittens is not a combination that you typically think of, but this café does it well. Founder Kanchan Singh created Crumbs and Whiskers to connect humans and animals in a fun way, while saving thousands of kittens from kill shelters around the world. Take a group of your coffee and cat loving friends to the Cat Café in DC, where for 70 minutes you get to drink coffee, relax with a room full of rescue cats, and hopefully walk away with a new feline best friend.