How to Have Fun in the DC Area Before Spring Arrives

Spring is just around the corner, but instead of staying indoors while you’re waiting for warmer weather, you should get outside and explore the DC area. There are tons of things to do around Virginia and DC in the wintertime — you just need to know where to look. Here are some of our favorite events and activities to check out this winter. 

Take a winter hike. On a milder afternoon, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get outside and take a hike at one of the area’s beautiful parks. Bundle up and hit the trails at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Windy Run Park or Donaldson Run Park to see how different the woods, streams and animals look come wintertime. 

Plan a staycation. Want to get away for a weekend retreat to break up the winter season? Head to a DC hotel for a posh weekend away, a cabin at Old Rag Mountain Lodge or Cast-a-Way Cabins, or an Airbnb to feel like a true city dweller for the weekend. 

Check out a museum. DC is home to some of the best museums in the world, so spend a weekend getting to know some of the ones you might not have seen yet. Head to the National Museum of African American History, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum or the National Portrait Gallery for a cozy day indoors. 

Get creative at an art studio. Looking for a way to tap into your inner artist? Check out a place like Muse Paintbar or Art Jamz to sip wine, paint a beautiful picture and enjoy some laughs with friends. 

Visit your local animal shelter. During the winter, animal shelters have significantly fewer visitors, so do some good for the area’s homeless animals by paying them a visit. The Animal Welfare League is home to lots of dogs and cats who would appreciate your attention for a chilly afternoon.