From hiking trails and swimming pools aplenty, to monuments and ice cream parlors galore, there’s certainly no shortage of fun things to do in the D.C. metro area during the summer. If anything, sifting through all of the warm weather options can be a bit overwhelming. But don’t sweat it. We’ve consulted with the experts (our D.C. staffers) to find out what ranks highest on their coveted summer bucket list.
Sandy Point Beach. “We aren’t able to take a week trip to the ocean this summer and the popular Ocean City can get too crowded for my liking, so we want to make a day trip to Sandy Point Beach in Annapolis, Md. We’ve never been and we’ve heard enough interesting tidbits about it (like it has beautiful views and calm water) to make it worth the hour drive from D.C.” —Amanda Rodriguez, writer
Goodies Frozen Custard and Soda Bar. “Whenever I catch the Goodies Frozen Custard truck parked in D.C., I can’t help but snag a sundae (it’s a problem). But, the truck can be hard to catch up with since it parks in different spots each day. Thankfully, the owners just opened a super-cute kiosk—that blasts fun 50’s music—at National Harbor. Now, I can split a sundae, float, or shake with my tot whenever the craving strikes. Afterwards, we can work off the custard sugar at the sand pit across the street.” —Ayren Jackson-Cannady, editor
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. “We can’t let the summer pass without checking out this animal lovers festival. We love being able to get up close and personal with the animals in the stalls, checking out the Hog Race (they’re so cute!), and getting a peek from the top of the Ferris Wheel.” —Lisa Ng, writer
Pirate’s Cove. “Normally I am not as stoked about a water park as my kids are. This one is an exception. It has giant water cannons to blast each other with, water slides (because who can resist that), and a huge sand area where kids can ‘dig’ for buried treasure. There are also random pirates that just walk around the park in character.” —Hilary Riedemann, writer
Potomac Point Winery. “This kid-friendly winery is literally around the corner from my house, but we’ve never been. They have a Lil’ Buds Room where kids can explore and play while you fill your glass in the tasting room next door. And on occassion they’ll have a bounce house set up. It’s brilliant.” —Jamy Bond, writer
Colonial Williamsburg. “We like to go to Williamsburg the weekend of Independence Day and watch the fireworks over the Yorktown River. A few minutes later Williamsburg does their fireworks and then Busch Gardens puts on a show. It’s amazing to see three sets in a row all off the river. The trick is either being on the Yorktown River or bridge or finding a spot on a pier.” —Victoria Mason, writer
Nationals Park. “We REALLY want to get out to a Nats game. There is nothing better than a hotdog, a cold beer (for the grown-ups), and the family hanging out at one of the most beautiful stadiums in the country!” —Tanisha Ferguson, account manager
National Portrait Gallery. “I’m probably more excited to see the new Katy Perry painting at the Portrait Gallery than my girls are. Yes, I’m serious.” —Besa Pinchotti, writer
What are the top things on your summer bucket list? Tell us in the comments section below.
Photos courtesy of Michael Bentley via Creative Commons, Ayren Jackson-Cannady, Montgomery County Ag Fair via Facebook, Washington Nationals via Facebook , Colonial Williamsburg via Facebook, Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery via Facebook, National Portrait Gallery