Things To Do in DC in May

Things to Do in Washington DC in May

This list of our favorite things to do in May in Washington DC, updated for 2020, including free, nighttime, and family-friendly things to do. 

 

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TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MAY

For more ideas on popular things to do in DC, check out our other posts:

Be sure to check our post on things to do in DC year-round.

Some of the items listed in this post are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass

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Plan a School Trip to DC

Planning a school trip to Washington DC can be difficult, especially if you haven’t been before – that’s where we come in. Our guides spend much of the year leading school trips in DC as they do our popular name your own price walking tours.

Let us help you plan your school trip to DC.


Contact us to book a school tour!


Washington DC School Trip Planning Tips

  • Hire tour guides for the important parts – National Mall, Arlington Cemetery, Capitol Hill.

There are some places that are just better with a local guide. Some of our most popular tours for school groups:

Memorials & Monuments on National Mall: any combination, on foot or stepping on your bus or helping you arrange a coach. We can work with you.

Arlington National Cemetery: this tour covers history of the cemetery, Changing of the Guard, Kennedy Memorials and can be customized to your group.

Capitol Hill: we guide you around the Capitol, tour inside the Library of Congress, outside of Supreme Court and help you figure out security and logistics to tour inside the Capitol if you arranged tickets in advance.

Lincoln Assassination: a thrilling story telling experience that starts at the White House and ends outside Ford’s Theatre. We offer this tour at any time of day but it is popular evening activity.

Ghosts of Georgetown: our most popular evening tour for school groups looking for something fun (but still educational – we cover a lot of American history and you get to see a DC neighborhood!)

  • Don’t schedule too many things in a day.

You will run late. There will be security lines and traffic. Things take longer than you expect in DC, especially with large groups of students!

  • Book tickets (even free ones) as soon as possible

Some museums and attractions require tickets and they get booked out fast!

If you aren’t able to get tickets, or just don’t want to bother trying, here are some alternatives:

      • Our Lincoln Assassination tour is a great alternative or compliment to going inside Ford’s Theatre
      • While we cannot get you in the Capitol building without tickets, our Capitol Hill tour offers an informative and fun exploration of the American political system and sometimes, though no guarantees, we are able to get you on a Capitol tour if time allows.
      • There are no alternatives to the one of kind Holocaust Memorial Museum or National Museum of African American History and Culture, but we do have specialty theme tours to explore black history of Washington DC, or women’s history or civil rights tour of DC.
  • Try to come in the off-season

March-early June are the most popular times for school groups. October is becoming another popular option. Granted, they are popular because that is the best time in the school year to come but if you can come at other times of year, you’ll be rewarded with less crowds.

If you’ll be coming at the same time as everyone else, a few things to keep in mind:

      • Arlington Cemetery opens at 8am and will be very crowded until 1030am – but we’re pros at guiding groups through the crowds.
      • Mount Vernon opens early just for school groups.
      • Lincoln Memorial is very crowded after dinner – but our guides know how to plan a memorials tour to deal with this!

 


Sample Itineraries

Here are a few sample itineraries popular with school groups coming to Washington DC.

DAY 1

Morning: Arlington National Cemetery

Afternoon: Smithsonian Museums

Evening: Baseball Game

DAY 2

Morning: Capitol (tickets required), Supreme Court & Library of Congress

Afternoon: Holocaust Memorial Museum (tickets required March-October)

Evening: Memorials & Moonlight

DAY 3

Morning: Daytime Memorials

Afternoon: Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour & Ford’s Theatre

Evening: Ghost Tour

DAY 4

Morning: Old Town Alexandria Walking Tour

Afternoon: Mount Vernon


FAQS

Q. What is the minimum / maximum group size you tour with?

Minimum is 1. Maximum depends on the tour, but most tours can be arranged with one guide per coach (Ghosts of Georgetown tours are limited to smaller groups). We can run tours with multiple guides at the same time if you have a large group. Though we recommend staggering or letting each bus do a different itinerary to avoid over crowding.

Q. Can you get on our bus?

Yes! As long as you have a seat for the guide, we can hop on your bus to use it for the tour. Our guide know how to get around the city, where coaches can load and unload, and the best way to route stops to avoid traffic.

Q. Can you arrange tickets for us?

Depends. We DO NOT arrange tickets to any attractions in the Spring (March- early June). At other times of year, we can assist with Capitol building tickets if you’re booking our Capitol Hill tour and Ford’s Theatre tickets if you’re booking our Lincoln Assassination tour. We DO NOT arrange tickets to any other attractions and we DO NOT arrange tickets if you aren’t booking the corresponding tour.

Q. Can you arrange meals for us?

We do not arrange meals but you can read our Popular Restaurants sections below.

Q. Can you arrange accommodation for us?

We cannot.

Q. Can you arrange transportation for us?

We can assist with booking a coach for touring purposes only. We cannot arrange transportation for times you are not booking a tour but if you do book a tour with us, we can always offer advice for other times.

Q: How do I book a school tour in DC?

Send us an email! Let us know when you’re visiting, how many people, and what tours you’re interested and what times work best for you and we’ll offer you availability and rates. Rates vary based on group size (large or small, we do not charge per person), and what tour(s) you’re interested in.


Popular Restaurants for School Groups

Food Courts:

  • EAT! At National Place
  • Pentagon City Mall
  • Ballston Commons
  • Union Station (this is technically an option, but we do not recommend it due to location, bus parking and facility conditions)

Restaurants:

  • Ben’s Chili Bowl on U St NW
  • Harriet’s at Hotel Harrington
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Good Stuff Eater and We the Pizza
  • Bertucci’s
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Carmines
  • Vapino
  • On good weather days, foods trucks are a unique options – weekdays they can be found on Maryland Ave SW by Air and Space Museum and Farragut Square. You an also often find them on the National Mall.

Museums/Attractions with Restaurants:

  • American History
  • Natural History
  • National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Capitol Visitor Center

East Coast Trips: Philly, NYC or Boston?

Did you know that our company has the same high caliber guides in Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston? (many other cities as well but these three options are popular for school trips).

Contact our city managers in these cities to inquire about tours for school groups.

Fords Theater Tours

Ford’s Theatre Museum Tickets and Tours Plus Peterson House

This post is a visitor’s guide to tickets and tours for Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC as well as offer a preview of what’s to see in the museums, the theater itself and the Peterson House, where Abraham Lincoln died.

 

 

TIP: To complement a visit to the theater, we highly recommend taking our Lincoln Assassination Tour!


FORD’S THEATRE HOURS AND TOUR TICKETS

Ford’s Theater is one of the most iconic sites in Washington, D.C. Visiting the theater and retracing the final hours of Abraham Lincoln’s life is an experience that you will remember for a lifetime.

This section lists the information you need to visit or take a tour.


Opening Hours

Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

  • Box Office: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (8:00 pm for performances)
  • Historic Site Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (can vary)

The final entry into the museum is at 4:00 pm, final entry into the theater is 4:30 pm, and final entry into the Petersen House is at 5:00 pm.

Ford’s Theatre is a working theater, so please note that occasionally the theater may be closed due to performance or rehearsals as well as private events.


Tickets

To visit Ford’s Theatre you will need a ticket. The theater is technically free, but you will need to pay a convenience fee to get an advanced reservation. These tickets cost $3.

Ticket Options:

  • Online Advance Tickets: Cost $3/ticket for individuals. We recommend this option during peak spring and summer seasons if you have a limited amount of time.
  • Phone: (888) 616 – 0270
  • Pick Up Same-Day Box Office Tickets from the Theatre

TIP: Every morning, the theater’s box office opens at 8:30 am and they distribute day-of tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may pick up six same-day tickets per person, so the whole family doesn’t have to wait in line!

We would encourage guests to get in line early to ensure that you get a time that works for your schedule.

Tickets Generally Include:

  • Access to the main theater for either a 15 min lecture from a U.S Park Service Ranger about on the Lincoln Assassination or and a lecture from a Park Service Ranger or a “walk-through” Q&A session with a Park Service volunteer.
  • Admission to the Petersen Boarding House (The House Where Lincoln Died).
  • Admission to the new Education Center, which traces the impact of Lincoln’s assassination and his legacy today.

Depending on the time of day and Ford’s theatrical performance schedule, your ticket may or may not include access to the main museum in the theater’s basement.  

You can find the schedule for up to two months on Ford’s Theatre’s website.

Audio Guides: 

Ford’s Theatre offers the chance to add an audio guide to any ticket ($5/guide).

You can purchase tickets with the audio guide when you pre-order tickets online or you can add it at the time you arrive at the theater for your entry time.

 


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FORD’S THEATRE MUSEUM

IMG_9963If your ticket includes a visit to the basement museum, this will be the first place you go after being permitted to enter Ford’s Theater campus.

The museum combines artifacts, 3-dimensional figures and interactive exhibits to recreate Civil War Washington, DC.  

Below is a list of the exhibits covered in the museum, a map of the museum layout and a virtual tour video.

  • 1861 plot to assassinate President-Elect Lincoln
  • Lincoln Presidential Cabinet
  • Lincoln’s controversial use of wartime presidential powers
  • Life in the Lincoln White House
  • Lincoln’s relationship with Frederick Douglas
  • Lincoln’s love of the theater
  • John Wilkes Booth and the assassination conspiracy

 

 


Highlights of the Museum Artifacts

There are too many artifacts to list, but below are some of the highlights of the museum.

The museum houses several of the artifacts found on John Wilkes Booth’s possession when he was killed by the U.S. Army Calvary, including his diary, a compass and some photographs of lady friends.

But the prized possession is the single-shot Derringer used to assassination Lincoln.

 

John Wilkes Booth Derringer Lincoln Assassination

 

The museum also houses several artifacts on Lincoln’s possession on that fateful night, including a $5 bill of Confederate States of America currency.

But most people are pulled to the black coat that he was wearing when he was killed as well as the blood-stained pillowcase from the Peterson House across the street.

The collection also comprises of items owned by the other conspirators, including Dr. Samuel Mudd’s medical kit used by the doctor Lincoln's Coat Night of Assassinationwhen setting Booth’s broken leg when Booth paid a visit shortly after shooting the president.

Many people are surprised to find out that Lincoln’s top hat he wore that evening, as well as the rocking chair he was sitting in, are not at Ford’s Theatre, rather they are at museums in the Chicago area.

Two common complaints are that the 30 minutes given to guests to explore the museum before heading up to the ranger talk in the theater is simply not enough time (and we agree).  

The second complaint is that, especially during the busy spring and summer months, the museum can become extremely crowded.

PRO TIP: If you get a ticket that includes a ranger talk, you are allowed to return to the museum for as long as you like after the ranger talk is finished.

This will allow you to avoid waiting on a long line to visit the Peterson House and Education Center across the street.  

Also, if you are purchasing a ticket for a live performance at the theater, you will likely have access to the museum after the show.

 


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MAIN THEATER

Still the primary focus of the visitor experience to Ford’s Theatre, the main theater is either the first thing people see (unless their ticket includes the museum) when they enter the campus.  

Following the assassination of Lincoln, Ford’s Theater ceased operating as a theater.

It was purchased by the U.S. government and turned into administrative offices until it was returned to use as a theater. As a result, the entire main theater is a reconstruction based on the original building blueprints.  

Despite not being original, the feel is still very authentic.

 

 

If you can get tickets that include a ranger talk, we recommend this option.

If not, the theater walk-thru with a question and answer session are what you will experience, which may or may not be informative enough for some.

We’ve posted a video of a 15-minute talk by a U.S. park ranger. Sometimes, a Park Service volunteer gives the talk from the stage.

Despite some complaints about the lack of enthusiasm of the rangers, we find that most are good at telling the assassination story.

Of course, nothing beats our Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour.

Listen to Joseph H. Haselton, an eyewitness to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.


Inside Lincoln’s Box 

One experience you won’t have is viewing the VIP box where Abraham Lincoln and his party were enjoying Our American Cousin. Below is a video from CNN with an exclusive look inside.

 

 


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PETERSON HOUSE

Lincoln BedAs mentioned above, all tickets to Ford’s Theater include access to the Peterson House across the street from the theater itself.

Lincoln was brought here after being shot when the doctors attending to him felt that he could not survive the almost 1-mile journey to the White House on DC’s muddy and bumpy roads.

Owned by William Peterson, a tailor who was contracted out by the U.S. War Department to make military uniforms. Like other homeowners with spare rooms, Peterson rented out several rooms to boarders.

When one of these boarders noticed soldiers carrying a wounded man during a huge commotion, this border called for the man to be brought into the house.

 

 

Lincoln was brought to a back room, which you will see, and laid down on a bed, a bed that was too short for Lincoln’s 6′ 4″ (2 m) long frame. Those attending to him had to lay him down diagonally so that he would fit.

In a disturbing irony, this same bed had been reportedly used by Booth for a nap 1 month earlier when the assassin visited fellow actor and friend Charles Warwick, who was renting the room.

Line at Peterson'sPRO TIP: If you are traveling during peak season and your ticket includes a ranger talk, be sure to position yourself toward the rear of the theater so that you will be among the first people to line up for entry to the Peterson House.

This line could take up to 30 minutes to filter through, and you don’t want to be standing for very long in the hot and humid DC summer.  

Alternatively, you could revisit the museum and wait out the line.

 


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EDUCATION CENTER 

After you’ve visited the bottom floor of Peterson’s House, you have two choices.

For a quick exit, take the glass door in the back and down the stairs. You’ll exit out the front of Peterson’s House underneath the stairs.

 

Booth Escape Route

 

But if you have time, make good use of the continued exhibits in the Education Center. Think of it as an epilogue to the story of Lincoln’s assassination.

The Center for Education & Leadership is accessible by an elevator next to the room where Lincoln died. Take it to the 4th floor to begin at the top and work your way down.


Aftermath Gallery 

On this top floor, you will learn about what happened after Lincoln’s death. John Wilkes Booth was on the run for nearly two weeks.

In this gallery, follow in his footsteps and see a replica of the wooden slats of the barn where he was killed by a Union soldier.


Legacy Gallery

There is a reason visitors come from all over the world to pay respects to President Lincoln.

Learn about how he has influenced and inspired generations. Videos bring Lincoln to life with remixes and pop culture references to our 16th president.


Leadership Gallery

As of July 2016, this special exhibit hall focuses on Lincoln through the lens of one of his most valued traits, his leadership skills.

See examples of men and women who exemplify this trait from around the world.

 

 

As you walk between the floors, you’ll descend down a spiral staircase that wraps around one of the most unique and probably most Instagrammed features.

A 34 foot (10.3m) tall tower of books that represent 205 real titles of books written about Abraham Lincoln.

They are not real books but are made out of aluminum with the front covers of the books printed on to display 6500 “books” stacked up to the top floor of the building.

 


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PLAYS AND PERFORMANCES AT FORD’S THEATRE

Ford’s Theatre is a working theatre and the chance to see world-class theatrical performances in a unique historical setting is one of the perks of visiting Washington, D.C.!  

Be sure to check Ford’s performance schedule and consider attending a show there – and if you visit during the Christmas holidays, you must see A Christmas Carol!

 

 

Ticket prices for most plays range from $25-38 – a great deal for the quality of the shows.

During the spring and summer, Ford’s Theatre presents a special one-act play called One Destiny, which explores the key facts of the assassination through the eyes of those who witnessed it!

The play is ideal for families with children ages eight and up – it really brings history to life.

Other plays and musicals run several weeks at a time throughout the year. Ford’s Theatre has a performance season similar to regular working theatres. 

Ford's Theater Seat Map

PRO TIP: If you want a good view of the President’s Box, select seats in the Left Orchestra (but not too far back) or in the Left Balcony. However, you will have a chance before, intermission, and after the play to get out of your seat and get a good photo of the President’s Box.

You can visit the Museum while at a play at Ford’s Theatre!

The Ford’s Theatre Museum is open one hour before performance time and during intermission.

Your performance ticket can also be used to visit the Petersen House before 5:00 p.m.

 


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Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider

This post describes how to plan your visit to witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery, with tips on where to get the best view as well as a full description.

 

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Where does the Changing of the Guard Take Place?

The Changing of the Guard takes place in the middle of Arlington Cemetery at the top of one of two hills.  

It occurs between the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Memorial Amphitheater.

You can also view our Google map with directions.

 

How to get to the Changing of the Guard

 

If you are walking from the visitor center, it is approximately 15-20 minutes up moderately steep hills to reach the Tomb.


Let Us Take You Here

Our free, guided Arlington Cemetery Walking Tour runs most days of the week in the high season and includes the Changing of the Guard. 

 

Arlington Cemetery Tour

 

Likewise, our GPS-led audio tour of the cemetery also stops here. Our tours make 20+ additional stops in the cemetery. 


Alternatively, you might consider riding the trolleys through the cemetery, which stop at the tomb.  

Trolley Ticket Prices:

  • $15 for Adults
  • $7.50for Children

For tips on where to stand to view the Changing of the Guard, please skip to the bottom of this page.

 


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When does the Changing of the Guard take place?

The times that the ceremony takes place are dependent on the time of year. 

April 1 through September 30th

  • Every 30 minutes from 8 am to 7 pm (19:00) 

October 1 through March 31st

  • Every 60 minutes from 8 am to 5 pm (17:00)

The ceremonial Changing of the Guard takes place 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. It takes place every 2 hours when the cemetery is closed.

It has taken place without interruption since 1937. Neither weather nor acts of terrorism have prevented it from taking place.  

*Especially during busy travel periods, there is often an additional Wreath Laying Ceremony that follows the Changing of the Guard. This is popular for school and civic groups, but anyone can request to lay a wreath at the Tomb.

 


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Viewing the Ceremony 

We recommend that you arrive at the grandstand in front of the Tomb at least 10 minutes before the Changing begins.  

This will give you the best chance to get a prime spot on the stairs to view the ceremony and also give you enough time to use the restrooms, if necessary.  

 

Changing of the Guard Map

 

If you want an up close-up view of the inspection of the new sentinel, then be sure to choose the front right side of the grandstand (when looking at the Tomb), as close to the rail as possible.

We recommend that you stand to the right of the Tomb for the best views.  

The two red stars in the image above show the two best viewing points on the lower deck and the blue star shows the best vantage point from the upper deck of the grandstand. 

The yellow arrow points to where the inspection of the relief sentinel by the commanding officer takes place.  

The black arrow points to where the actual Changing of the Guard takes place.

The black stripe in the image is the mat on which the Tomb Guard walks.

 


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What is the origin of the Changing of the Guard?

When the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for World War 1 was erected, access to the Tomb was considered achievable only with great difficulty to the average visitor to the cemetery, that the Army felt the stationing of a sentry was not necessary.  

However, according to Robert M. Poole, author of “On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery“, by 1923, a lack of decorum at the Tomb was being reported to the Army.

Some of the undignified activities included picnickers enjoying the views of Washington, professional photographers taking photos of tourists in front of the Tomb.

Other complaints included cigars being stubbed out on the marble plaza and men approaching the Tomb with hats on.

Following a story reported in the Washington Post, the Army hired a private guard at the end of 1923.

In 1926, after complaints from veterans visiting the Tomb, a military guard was posted.  

By 1937, the military sentries would stand guard 24 hours a day.  

As with many armed forces, tradition is important for the United States Army and sentries posted at the Tomb are ceremoniously relieved.  

Today, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded by members of the Army’s Third Regiment.

 


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Description of the Ceremony

If you arrive before the Changing starts, you will see a lone sentinel, sharply dressed in formal Army attire, and most importantly, no rank.

Since we do not know who the Unknowns are, we do not, therefore, know their ranks, and it would be inappropriate for the Unknowns to be guarded by someone who outranks them.    

At some point, the sentinel will be standing at the end of a long black mat, facing east (in the direction of the Tomb).

After 21 seconds, the guard will make a 90-degree turn, click his heels, and then adjust his m-14 rifle to his outside shoulder, in between himself and the crowd, always guarding the Tomb.  

After another 21 seconds, the Sentinel will take 21 steps across the mat, past the Tomb.  

Once he reaches the other end, he will click his heels, make a sharp 90-degree right turn to the east (again, in the direction of the Tomb), click his heels, and then wait another 21 seconds before repeating the process, only this time in the other direction.  

The number 21 is significant, as it’s in honor of the 21 gun salute, the highest salute accepted in the U.S. military.

It is reserved for the President of the United States and foreign heads of state, but also for the Unknowns.  

(Visit the U.S. Navy’s website for the origins of the 21 gun salute).

Changing of the Guard Arlington CemeteryA relief commander will come out, seemingly from nowhere, and will approach and salute the Tomb.

He or she will turn to the crowd and ask you to rise and remain silent during the ceremony, all the while, the posted sentinel will continue with his routine.  

As the Relief Commander is speaking, the relief sentinel will appear.  

The commander will walk over to the relief sentinel (this is why we suggest positioning yourself on the right side of the grandstand).  

The commander will conduct a full inspection of the new sentinel, inspecting the weapon and the sentinel himself.

This is a real inspection and the relief sentinel can be sent away, leaving the current sentinel in place till the next scheduled Changing of the Guard.  

If approved, both the relief commander and relief sentinel will walk to the middle to meet with the posted sentinel, all the while keeping in step with each other.  

At this point, the relief commander will complete the ceremony by having the posted sentinel step off of the mat and face the relief sentinel.  

Both sentinels will acknowledge each other with orders. All three will salute the Tomb.

Then the relief sentinel will step onto the mat and take over where the now relieved sentinel left off.  

Both the relief commander and the relieved sentinel will walk off (all amazingly in step with each other) and exit off the right, which concludes the ceremony.

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Top 12 Washington, DC Bus Tours

This post compares the various Washington, DC bus tour options available to you, from hop-on-hop-off to more premium shuttle bus services, even a free, self-guided option. 

 

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What To Do in Washington, DC for St. Patrick’s Day (2020)

There are tons of things to do while visiting Washington, D.C. during St. Patrick’s Day! Whether it’s enjoying delicious Irish cuisine with some authentic Irish music, or visiting our beautiful landmarks that have been built by Irish hands, there is fun for everyone during this festive weekend.

St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Here are some suggestions for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and Irish culture during your stay in D.C:

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Marine Corps Sunset Parade

Sunset Parade at Marine Corps Memorial 2020

Every summer the Marine Corps hosts a weekly Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial (also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial). The tradition began in 1956, two years after the dedication of the memorial, and has continued ever since.

The parade includes musical performances by “The Commandant’s Own,” the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as precision drill by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. 

 

For 2018 and 2019, the parade took place at the Lincoln Memorial due to renovations at Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial. This video is from that location. In 2020, it returns to Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial.

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Washington DC Food Tours

 Washington DC Food Tours may not come to your mind for a visit to the city. DC may not be known as a culinary destination to visitors, but this is a mistake.  The nation’s capital will surprise and inspire your taste buds.  We want to show you how to experience the culinary offerings of the nation’s capital city.

 

 

NoMa & Union Market: Craft Beer, Wine, Food & Street Art

Explore the fast changing NoMa neighborhood through its street art and sample some local DC favorites at the famous Union Market. Depending on when you take the tour, your guide may be a local artist or a NoMa foodie. You sample some sustainable wines, a few savory food samples, a dessert all while learning about DC food and street art culture. 

We end at Union Market where you can stay to shop and eat some more, with an easy walk back to the Metro station where we started the tour.

Includes: Food & Drink samples (vegetarian options available) and Professional Tour guide.

Duration: 2.5 hours

When: This tour is run as a private option only. Please contact us for more information on how to book.


Eastern Market Food Tour

The neighborhood of Eastern Market/Barracks Row is set on historic Capitol Hill, where the homes of historical figures mix with modern day congressmen. One of DC’s first neighborhoods, you’ll see the small town charm in the center of the City. From John Phillip Sousa’s first home, to the men (and women) at attention at the Marine Barracks, hidden statues and a lost wine cellar. The diverse architecture surrounded by the old trees on Capitol Hill to the historic Main Street of 8th Street SE.

And as we visit these historic sites, we’ll sample some of DC’s finest local sweets that the neighborhood is known for.

The tour ends at Eastern Market, DC’s oldest market where you’ll have time to meander the farmers market for fresh local produce, shop at the weekend flea market, or eat some more! (Weekday tours will only have original market and not open air farmer’s market)

Note: We will view the above sites and homes from the street and will not be entering any residences.

Includes: Food & Drink samples (vegetarian options available) and Professional Tour guide.

Duration: 2 hours

When: This tour is run as a private option only. Please contact us for more information on how to book.


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Georgetown Cupcakes & Desserts Tour

Georgetown Cupcakes… and Macarons… Cookies, Scones, oh my! These tasty treats and more can be found in Georgetown.

Walk with our guide through the tree lined streets as we weave around the historic neighborhood led by our sweet tooth. We’ll talk about the history of these local and famed shops, with a chance to pop inside for a nibble, or two

 

 

Want more history on your visit? Take our Historic Georgetown tour! This Georgetown Cupcakes & Desserts Tour is for the foodies – yummy treats and tasty stories about Julia Child, nineteenth century dinner parties, and historic restaurants.

Check out our audio tours for before or after your visit!

Potential Stops on Georgetown Cupcake Walking Tour

Samples are … sample size so we recommend having lunch before the tour! Stops with * do not include samples, so bring some extra cash if you want a coffee along the way or a full size cupcake! 

Includes: Food & Drink samplesand Professional Tour guide.

Duration: 2 hours

When: This tour is run as a private option only. Please contact us for more information on how to book.


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U Street History & Food Tour

Join us as we explore the tastes and historic treasures of DC’s U Street corridor. Once known as “Black Broadway,” this neighborhood remains a trove of the capital’s African American history. From the Civil War through the Jazz Age to the race riots of the ‘60s and beyond, we’ll not only discover that rich history but also taste how it has influenced the diversity of U St’s many eateries.

Washington DC Food Tours

 

Come hungry, as we’ll be using our fingers to get a true feel for the deep flavors of Ethiopia, dropping in on a local favorite for some sumptuous soul food (hint: Guy Fieri oohhs and aahhs about this place) and ending up with a good old bowl of chili from one of DC’s most famous stops.

Includes: Food & Drink samples (vegetarian options available) and Professional Tour guide.

Duration: 2 hours

When: This tour is run as a private option only. Please contact us for more information on how to book.


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Top 10 Places to Learn About Black History in DC

There’s plenty to do during the month of February to learn more about the black history of DC!

There are memorials to visit, tours to take, museums to explore, all celebrating black history. This post covers things to do in Washington DC during Black History Month 2020 including a top 10 list, nighttime activities, family-friendly things to do, and free things. Read our master post on things to do in DC any time of year.

 

 

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TOP TEN THINGS TO DO DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN DC

DC is the perfect place to spend Black History Month. There are plenty of places to see and things to do to honor those of color who have made a difference in our nation’s history. 

While a lot of these can be enjoyed year-round, we also added special events that are available only during this month.

For more ideas on popular things to do in DC, check out our posts on bus tours and walking tours of the city.

Be sure to look into purchasing a tourist discount pass for more ideas of things to do in DC for cheap.  Read more »