10 Best Activities for All Ages in Washington, DC, at Night

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Washington, DC, has a variety of nighttime activities, ranging from live entertainment to family focused venues and events. Be sure to check specific attraction hours as many places stay open later during the summer months. Following are suggestions of some of the best things to do in the evening in the nation's capital.

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Visit the Memorials

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Yes, you can continue sightseeing in Washington, DC, through the evening. Many of the national memorials are accessible 24 hours a day. The evening is a great time to explore the historic sites and enjoy excellent views of the city. You can visit them on your own or take the Old Town Trolley Monuments by Moonlight Tour and hear entertaining stories about the monuments and federal buildings in Washington, DC. 

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Take a Ghost Tour

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Take a walking tour of the city and hear ghost stories and legends about the infamous haunted places in Washington, DC. Meet the spirits at Lafayette Square Park (across from the White House) or take a haunted pub tour. 

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Take a Segway Night Tour

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Segway Tours offer you a fun and unique opportunity to glide around the city and see Washington, DC's most popular landmarks and attractions. Touring at night allows you to see the sights illuminated and the city streets are less congested than during the day. Highlights of the tour include The White House, The Capitol Building, the Smithsonian Castle Building, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, The Washington Monument and much more.

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Dance the Night Away at a Nightclub

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Washington, DC, has a lively nightclub scene and you can find a wide range of clubs ranging from upscale hotspots featuring live bands to casual dive bars with a DJ. Kick off your shoes and enjoy an evening of dancing in the nation's capital. If you are not of legal drinking age, there are some ​under 21 clubs in the nation's capital.

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Attend a Concert or Local Music Venue

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The nation's capital attracts performers ranging from internationally renowned pop stars to military bands to local musical groups. Enjoy live performances of jazz, pop, rock and roll, opera, classical music and more. During the summer months, be sure to enjoy some free outdoor concerts in DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia.

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Attend a Sporting Event

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Washington, DC's professional sports teams offer entertainment for the whole family. Get tickets to see the Redskins, Nationals, Wizards, Capitals, DC United, Mystics, or more. The Capital One Arena also hosts traveling sporting events like wrestling, ice skating, and martial arts.

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See a Theatrical Performance

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The capital region offers a wide variety of performance arts venues ranging from large stages such as the Kennedy Center to small black box theaters. Enjoy Broadway musical theater, contemporary plays, concerts, opera, dinner theaters and more.

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Go to a Comedy Club

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Laugh it up at one of these comedy clubs in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Some of the venues offer improv groups and workshops if you'd like to learn how to entertain a crowd.

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See a Movie

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Washington, DC, has a variety of movie theaters including multi-screen complexes and independent theaters that offer first-run independent and foreign language films. See this guide to theaters and find out what's playing, get showtimes and purchase tickets online. During the summer months, be sure to check out some of the free outdoor movies. There are also a variety of film festivals held throughout the year.

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Attend a Lecture or Take a Class

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Many of Washington, DC’s non-profit and educational institutions offer lectures, films and classes at night so that local residents can easily participate in them. Broaden your knowledge about a wide range of subjects from politics to history and to the arts and sciences.

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