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Things to Do in Winter in the District, Maryland, and Virginia
Looking for some ideas for winter family fun in the Washington, D.C. area? Even when the weather is cold and damp, there are plenty of interesting activities in the capital region to keep the whole family entertained. Average temperatures in January and February are usually in the 30s and 40s. The region gets an occasional snowfall, but most of the winter the ground is relatively dry. The winter season is often the best time to visit some of the city's top attractions as they tend to be less crowded than other times of the year. Following are suggestions of winter activities to appeal to all ages.Continue to 2 of 13 below.
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Explore the Museums
The Washington, D.C. area has a wonderful variety of museums. Many of the city's most popular museums are clustered together on the National Mall, so you can easily visit more than one on the same day. The Smithsonian Museums cover a wide range of topics and include a variety of hands-on activities that are especially appealing to kids. Some of the smaller museums across the region offer great programs for the whole family.Continue to 3 of 13 below.
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Go Ice Skating
Take the whole family ice skating or roller skating at a rink in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. There are even a few special places to ice skate outdoors in the nation's capital. Skating classes and hockey teams will keep kids and adults active throughout the winter season.Continue to 4 of 13 below.
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Take a Sightseeing Tour
During the winter months, take a sightseeing tour of Washington, D.C. and explore the city by bus or trolley. Enjoy the benefits of hopping on and off (stay warm and dry while you ride around) and learn about the district's historic landmarks.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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On a cold or rainy (or snowy) day, kids in the Washington, D.C. area can have a blast romping around at indoor playgrounds and amusement centers like Kidville in Bethesda, MD. Family fun centers offer attractions like go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag, ropes courses, moon bounces, paintball, arcade games, carousels, and more. These destinations are especially great for young families.Continue to 6 of 13 below.
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Visit a Children's Theater
Take the kids to a play or puppet theatre and enjoy a family show at a children’s theater in the Washington, D.C. area. The capital region is a prime destination for performing, visual, and arts education programs like those at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD.Continue to 7 of 13 below.
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Attend a Special Seasonal Event
Attend the best events of the season with great food, music, and live entertainment for the whole family. December in Washington, D.C. means you'll have your pick of holiday shows and concerts while January brings everything from Martin Luther King, Jr. events to the Washington Auto Show. In February, experience Washington, D.C.'s Restaurant Week or attend a Wizards basketball game. March brings seasonal events like the St. Patrick Day parade and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.Continue to 8 of 13 below.
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See a Movie
Winter is a great time to go to the movies. Find a convenient movie theater in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia and enjoy the latest films. Or if you're looking for something a little different, consider a visit to the historic, single-screen Uptown Theater in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of the district.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Go Skiing, Snowboarding, or Snow Tubing
Take the kids to a ski resort for a day of family fun in the snow. There are several ski areas like the Whitetail Ski Resort in Mercersburg, PA that offer skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing within a few hours drive from Washington, D.C.Continue to 10 of 13 below.
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On a snowy day, find some great places to go sledding in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Just be sure to avoid the Capitol. Sledding on the grounds of the Capitol is prohibited, and U.S. Capitol Police are known for ensuring the rules are followed.Continue to 11 of 13 below.
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Spend the day shopping in one of the district's best shopping neighborhoods like historic Georgetown or find some bargains at an outlet shopping center. Spend some time browsing in the museum gift shops in Washington, D.C. to find unique items such as books, clothing, jewelry, videos, crafts, decorative arts, toys, and more.Continue to 12 of 13 below.
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Watch the Washington Redskins
See the Washington Redskins play a football game at FedEx Field. Attend a game and enjoy the region's most beloved sports team.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Visit a Nature Center
The winter season is a great time to visit a nature center or attend a naturalist guided event. Explore a nature museum like Rock Creek Park Nature Center in Washington, D.C. or get outside and take a short walk in the woods.