Top 10 Things to Do While High in DC
Our nation’s capitol is one of the busiest tourist destinations in the world, welcoming just under 19 million visitors in 2012. Many of those sightseers went to check out Washington, DC’s many monuments, memorials, and museums – and if you haven’t experienced them yourself, you should too.
But there’s a lot else to do in DC than just the usual landmarks and attractions. The District is especially fun for 20- and 30-somethings, as it is a welcoming city of transplants looking to make friends and have a good time. Plus, visitors to DC can enjoy a newfound freedom: the ability to legally possess and consume marijuana. Celebrate the fruits of democracy born by this great nation, then go take part in the Top 10 Things to Do While High in Washington, DC.
10. Catch a Nats Game in the Standing Areas
Source: Let Teddy Win
DC loves its baseball team – the Washington Nationals, or Nats for short. Fans can buy standing room-only tickets for cheap ($15) and catch one of several great views around the stadium while gorging on some good ballpark food.
9. Watch Improv at Washington Improv Theater
For a cheap date and some hearty laughs, check out Washington Improv Theater. Located in Flash Point, with a thriving nightlife of restaurants and bars, a show at WIT is an excellent way to start the night and yell out the first thing that comes to your slightly-altered mind – and then see it acted out, live. For anyone who’s more ambitious and has the talent to match, WIT offers regular improv classes and workshops.
8. Play Sega at the Bar at Atlas Arcade
Source: Atlas Arcade’s Facebook page
Let’s be honest, there’s a good chance that while high, the urge to stay in and play video games may be strong. In DC, there’s no excuse for staying in: head out to Atlas Arcade, DC’s premier barcade. Atlas crams in a variety of games, mostly from the ‘80s and ‘90s, but some modern ones too. If you can snag a seat at the bar, a buck an hour lets you play Sega, Atari, and Nintendo games as you sip from a good selection of craft beers (or Amstel Light, the choice is yours).
7. Hit the Trails in Rock Creek Park
Source: Rock Creek Park Facebook page
DC isn’t known for its outdoors options, but Rock Creek Park stands out as an oasis of green in the city. The 2,100 acre park has a ton to do – 15 miles of trails, an 18-hole public golf course, horse riding, bike paths, and an amphitheater. Just a note: Rock Creek is a national park, governed by federal law, so don’t bring your stash on the premises.
6. Catch a Flick at the Smithsonian IMAX
It’s a stoner go-to: hit the IMAX. But in DC, the Smithsonian has three IMAX screens, with one at the National Museum of National History and two at the National Air and Space Museum, showing mind-blowing documentaries and the latest eye-popping Hollywood blockbuster.
5. Tour Hillwood Estate
Source: Hillwood Museum
Spend an afternoon enjoying the opulence and elegance of Hillwood, the closest you’ll ever feel to visiting the setting of The Great Gatsby. The estate, built by an heiress of Post Foods, is pretty over-the-top: collections of Russian imperial art and French decorative art; a mansion; and 25 acres of landscaped gardens and woodlands. The estate has been open to the public since 1977 and is a great place to wander around and take in all the extravagance.
4. Stop by the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market
Source: FRESHFARM Markets
There’s nothing better on a Sunday morning in DC than to roll out of bed and head to Dupont Circle for the year-round, weekly farmers’ market. It’s rated as one of the best in the country for its crazy good assortment of fresh produce, cheeses, breads, pies, and more. After the market stick around the neighborhood; Dupont Circle is considered a DC trendsetter.
3. Paddle Around the Mall
Source: Washington Post
Want a different view of the National Mall with a lot fewer tourists? Grab a friend, rent a paddle boat, and pedal your way around the Jefferson Memorial and Japanese Cherry Trees. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try your hand at paddleboarding on the Potomac River. You can get boards in Georgetown, right on the water.
2. See the Masterpieces at the National Portrait Gallery
Source: NPG Facebook page
Though smaller than the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is a must-visit while in DC. The gallery’s holdings and rotating exhibits span colonial times to today and capture a remarkable array of subjects and styles. Be sure to spend time in the Kogod Courtyard, an indoor, domed area with garden and water features that also hosts live concerts and performances.
1. Join the Drum Circle at Malcolm X Park
Though officially called Meridian Hill Park, everyone knows the 12-acre site as Malcolm X Park. Every Sunday (supposedly since the assassination of the park’s unofficial namesake) drummer and dancers convene for an energetic celebration of life, love, and creativity. You’ll find people doing yoga, trying to keep their balance on slacklines, or even hula-hooping, but the heart and soul of the gathering is the beat of the drums.