February 2011

20 things to do in D.C.

View the giant typewriter eraser by Claes Oldenburg at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.

6. See Kermit the Frog, the Fort McHenry American flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner” and Julia Child’s kitchen at the National Museum of American History.

7. Check out the National Museum of Women in the Arts – it’s the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists.

8. Take advantage of the mild spring weather and go for a walking tour of the city. Washington Walks conducts a variety of tours, including a haunted house tour and a memorial by moonlight walk.

9. Have a pint and a delicious plate of corned beef and cabbage and catch a (European) football match at Fado Irish Pub in Chinatown.

10. Sit on a bench at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and reflect on all the sculptures, including a giant typewriter eraser by Claes Oldenburg and a two-dimensional house by Roy Lichtenstein that recedes into space.

11. Visit the National Zoo and watch giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian or visit the giant Pacific octopus in the invertebrate exhibit.

12. Do some shopping, sample a variety of foods and catch some music at the free Lunch and Listen concert series at the Old Post Office Pavilion.

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