Things to Do Outdoors in May in DC

Explore the DC Outdoors this Month!
Explore the DC Outdoors this Month!

Are you hanging out in Washington DC this month?  If you’re looking for something to do outdoors in May in DC, you’ll find that the nation’s capital has a lot going on.  Just check out a few of these events (many of which are low cost or free!).

Take a walk around the National Zoo.  There’s a lot to see here, including visiting the pandas!

Visit the National Mall and take the walking tours offered by DC by Foot.  It’s a cool, family-friendly tour that is great for first time visitors, but longtime residents of the city may learn some cools facts, too.

You can also take a Washington Walks touch, including the nighttime “Memorials by Moonlight” walk and a haunted house tour!

The National Cathedral has some beautiful gardens and grounds to visit.  You might even want to take the Gargoyle Tour (which does cost) and check out some of the cool statues around the cathedral.  You can also bring a picnic lunch and each in the Bishop’s Garden.

There are a lot of outdoor dining options in DC during the warm months, including restaurants with outdoor seating, waterfront restaurants, and rooftop bars.

If you have kids, visit Friendship Park, also called Turtle Park.  It’s one of the most popular playgrounds in the area.

First time visitors might also like to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony held at Arlington National Cemetery

There are many places to go hiking around DC, such as Gravelly Point, Great Falls Park, and Montrose Park.  You can also have a picnic at any of these areas.

Looking for something tasty to cook up for dinner?  Visit The FRESHFARM Market and see what local famers have to offer!

The National Arboretum is a gorgeous place to visit.  Stroll through the various gardens and marvel at the beautiful plants.

Are you a golfer?  DC has many great golf courses for you to visit, including Langston, East Potomac, and Rock Creek Park.

The National Asian Heritage Festival will be held May 21 along Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 6th street.  Walk through the festival to enjoy live music, dancing, martial artists, arts and crafts, and many traditional foods.

Love bike riding?  Take a bike ride along the C&O Canal, an area with many great bike trails.

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