Neighborhood Guide: Foggy Bottom Fun

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When deciding what the fam should do for the weekend, Foggy Bottom might not be top of mind. The neighborhood with a curious name — while one of the oldest in D.C. — is often overlooked in travel books, heralded as a great starting point to explore adjacent communities (like the National Mall, Georgetown and Lafayette Square). But there is plenty to do within FB proper. You could easily spend a day checking out all this hood has to offer, and so we delved in to find out the very best places to take your little crew when hanging in 20037.

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Eat and Run (or Bike)
If you’re an early riser, start your day at Founding Farmers the original outpost of this D.C.-centric chain (doors open at 7 a.m.). Breakfast options start at $5. After breakfast, head to Capital City Bike Tours (just a stone’s throw from Farmers) for one of four offered tours (or you can simply rent bikes). From April on, the Thompson Boat House is also a great way to explore the great outdoors (while technically in Georgetown, the boat house is a quick half-mile walk from the Foggy Bottom metro).

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Cheese, Please
If you have a grilled cheese aficionado in your pack, you’ll want to head to GCDC Grilled Cheese Bar for lunch. This Foggy Bottom gem (a short walk from the Renwick Gallery and the White House) offers elevated cheese sandwiches. For dessert, check out Captain Cookie and the Milkman’s food truck (which makes frequent stops at 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue).

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Strike a Pose
After lunch, head to the Art Museum of the Americas, a free museum on the corner of 17th Street and Constitution Avenue. While little ones may not have the patience of the average art enthusiast, they will delight in the on-grounds sculpture garden. Post-museum romp, head west on Constitution for yet another sculpture; visit Alfred Einstein on the lawn of National Academy of Sciences. Posing on the inventor’s lap is a great (and iconic) photo op!

screenshot-2017-01-15-at-7-43-01-pmPhoto: Millennium Stage

It’s Showtime!
Next, head to the Kennedy Center for a bird’s eye view of the Potomac River and the Georgetown skyline (if the kids get tired en route, grab a free shuttle at the Foggy Bottom metro). Every night, at 6 p.m. sharp, the Millennium Stage offers free performances. (For the record, Lisner Auditorium is another great source for child-friendly entertainment. Their most recent offering featured Daniel Tiger!). After the show, head to the Center’s KC Cafe, a casual, cafeteria-style restaurant that offers great views of the river.

Do you have a favorite Foggy Bottom hot spot? Dish in the comments below. 

–Meghan Meyers

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