Written by Remley Johnson, Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems Program Advisor
With temperatures well into the triple digits this summer, everyone is on the hunt for fun and interesting places to escape the heat and enjoy their summer. Here are some “cool” favorites:
Address: 3400 Volta Pl, NW, Washington, DC 20007 (between N 34th St & N 35th St)
Conveniently located a few blocks from Georgetown University, the Volta Pool is an excellent place to cool down and relax on a sunny afternoon. Admission is free with a Georgetown University GOCard or a DC driver’s license. Next time you find yourself longing to make a splash, take advantage of this great local spot.
Address: 14th and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington DC, DC 20230
If you prefer an indoor aquatic escape, you should definitely visit the nation’s first aquarium. Located in the historic Commerce Building, just steps from the National Mall, the National Aquarium is easily accessible by public transportation. The nearest metro stops are Federal Triangle and Metro Center. Although the National Aquarium is headquartered in Baltimore, the DC venue offers a 45-minute introduction of America’s Aquatic Treasures, featuring more than 1,500 animals including alligators, sharks, and loggerhead sea turtles. Adult tickets are only $9.95.
Address: 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566
The Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center offers free entertainment every day. No tickets are required! Who doesn’t love a good live exhibition of art and culture in the comfort of an air-conditioned building? At 6:00pm each day, the Kennedy Center hosts a world class performance for your viewing pleasure, so stop by, cool off and enjoy.
Address: 3111 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
When trying to avoid the sweltering summer sun, many people flock to catch the latest blockbuster releases. All of a sudden the cool dark movie theatre atmosphere, which typically requires sweatshirts and long pants, becomes exponentially more appealing. Catch a movie at Georgetown’s own IMAX theatre! Recent releases are now playing, and make sure to buy tickets early because they sell out fast.
Although hopping around from store to store does require some exposure to the high temperatures, some of the best shopping in the District is located in Georgetown. M Street is home to many shops and boutiques unique to the neighborhood. So step inside, seek relief from the outdorrs, and buy yourself something nice. You deserve it.