Washington DC

Top Ten Winter Activities in the Mid-Atlantic

From ice skating to famous museums, there's no shortage of engaging activities in the Mid-Atlantic

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Visit museums, monuments, and memorials in Washington, D.C.

Visitors get free admission to most of the amazing sights in our nation’s capital, the District of Columbia. See a space shuttle at the Smithsonian - home to 19 museums and visited by 140 million people each year. Discover a replica of a 45-foot North Atlantic right whale at the National Museum of Natural History, and an impressive statue of President Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial.

Go ice skating by the Potomac River in D.C.

Day or night, Washington Harbour is a dazzling place to get on the ice - or just watch the skaters - with bright lights and views of the Potomac River. Plus, you can explore Georgetown while you're in the area, one of D.C.'s most historic neighborhoods.

Taste old Baltimore at Lexington Market.

Now bursting with more than 100 vendors, Lexington Market has a rich history that stretches back to the late 1700s. Described as the "gastronomical capital of the world", it is the oldest market in America. Don't leave without sampling the crab cakes at Faidley’s.

See America's favorite bird in the wild.

Bald eagles are an America icon, and you can see them live in one of their favorite habitats at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. Visit on Saturday, March 14, and you'll catch Eagle Festival, with free tours and more.

Check out contemporary art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A visit to Mattress Factory is sure to get your creative juices flowing. Highlights include Chiharu Shiota's haunting yarn-webbed rooms and Bill Smith's dazzling "Spherodendron".

Enjoy the Strangest Winter Sport – Learn to Curl!

Have you ever wanted to slide a granite rock down a sheet of ice, aiming for a target over 40 yards away? This is the sport of curling! The weird, the ultimate, the very best winter sport. Visit the Potomac Curling Club to try your hand at it, or find a local curling club closer to you.

See a classic winter sport.

Ice hockey has forever been considered one of the fastest sports out there. Washington D.C. is home to the Washington Capitals and their star forward Alexander Ovechkin. Looking for a great way to see U.S. hockey for less? Catch an American Hockey League game (one step below the professionals). There are teams in Hershey, Allentown, and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

See an American version of Downtown Abbey.

The magnificent Winterthur (pronounced 'winter-tour') estate was opened to the public in 1951 by Henry Francis du Pont, who inherited it in 1927. Learn about his iconic family, marvel at the 982-acre property, and see fine examples of early American decorative art as you explore 175 rooms.

See the Home of America's First President.

Just 15 miles south of Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon was the Virginia home of America's first president, George Washington. Explore the home he designed and learn more about the man who led the Continental Army to victory and freedom in the American Revolution.

Warm up with a Philly cheesesteak.

These sloppy sandwiches have been a Philadelphia tradition since they were invented here in 1930.


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