Let’s face it. Summer in DC can be brutally hot. The DC InsideOut Team has compiled some totally awesome ways to chill out around the District.
Take a dip at one of DC’s public pools (FREE for all DC residents) or visit one of the city’s hotel pools with day passes available. Looking for a pool party? Saturday & Sundays Capitol Skyline Hotel in SE will make you feel like you’re on vacation in South Beach. Check out the pool at the Rooftop Deck at The Embassy Row Hotel, just 1/2 block from Dupont Circle and offers lovely skyline views of the city. The Washington Plaza boasts a poolside bar, free wifi and season passes are available. The Liason Capitol Hill has an amazing rooftop pool and lounge where you can grab a drink or something to eat while you relax.
For a more family friendly atmosphere, check out the local public pools: Banneker Pool in Petworth, East Potomac Pool at Hains Point, Francis Pool in the heart of West End or Volta Park Pool right off Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.
Chill Out with a Scoop
Enjoy an icy cold treat! Head over to Union Market and check out the delicious Trickling Springs Creamery. Their ice cream is made from dairy provided by local farmers. Thomas Sweet in Georgetown has their signature blend in where you can choose toppings to be blended right into your ice cream or if you’re more health conscious, try their fat-free frozen yogurt. Larry’s Ice Cream in Dupont is known for the best homemade ice cream and if that’s not enough they have tasty cupcakes too! Craving Gelato? Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee has locations throughout the District, the newest in Logan on 14th & P. Try the unique handmade flavors such as Chocolate Mexicano and Champagne Mango. Looking for a icy treat that won’t make you feel guilty after? Head over to Mr. Yogato in Dupont. Their yummy all natural frozen yogurt can be enjoyed with healthy toppings.
Cool Off While Soaking in Some Culture
DC Museums crank up the A/C, so it’s a perfect way to cool off, get out of the scorching sun and soak in some culture instead! The best part, most of them are FREE! Check out Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Art, American Cool at the National Portrait Gallery in Chinatown or any of the amazing Smithsonian Museums down on The Mall.
Hang by the Water
The Yards Park in Navy Yard has spectacular views of the Anacostia River, a splash pool perfect pre or post Nats game fun. The Georgetown Waterfront Park, is right along the Potomac River and offers over 10 acres of space with beautiful views, as well as a water fountain, boat & kayak rentals, great restaurants and bars where you can people watch and check out the yachts and others boats dock.
Cool Off While Catching a Flick
Another great way to beat the heat is to catch a movie. Movie theatres are a great place to hide out from the sun and heat and stay cool in the A/C! There’s the historic Avalon Theatre in Chevy Chase, the Uptown Theatre in Cleveland Park, Regal Gallery Place in the heart of Chinatown or Lowes Georgetown by the Georgetown Waterfront.