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To provide a glimpse into how one of the top U.S. newspapers is produced, The Washington Post offers a weekly 45-minute tour. Printing technology from before the computer age is demonstrated in a museum, along with a brief history of this well-respected news organization. The tour highlights all the major stages of newspaper production, from newsroom mayhem to the intricacies of the giant presses. Call one to two months in advance to register for tours. Visitors must be 11 years or older. Admission is free.
Farragut is the epicenter of corporate Washington DC, so don't be surprised to see lots of serious-looking people walking about. The square though, is filled with an upbeat ambiance where picnickers can enjoy the sounds of street musicians in summer. On Thursdays in the summer months, the square hosts free jazz at lunchtime. A statue of Civil War Admiral David Farragut stands in the middle of the square, spyglass in hand. Farragut coined the phrase “Full speed ahead!” during the 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Located across from the White House, Decatur House is the oldest house on Lafayette Square. It was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe in 1819. The first owner, Stephen Decatur, was killed in a duel. A number of distinguished Washington families resided in the house afterwards, each one adding Victorian renovations and furnishings to this fine Federal-style mansion.
The Kastles Stadium is located close by to the Metro Centre. It is Home to the Washington Kastles and has been the place where they play their home games. This stadium will provide fans and spectators an intimate experience of sports watching. Catch all your favourite tennis stars on action at the courts here.
In the heart of America's capital lies a bed of ice that is unrivaled for location and scenery. The Pershing Park Ice Rink, one of DC's most popular rinks, is just four blocks from the White House. There are quite a few metal "walkers" to help the wobbly stand erect. Skaters also will find warm areas within the building to ease the cold.
The famous assassination of President Abraham Lincoln here on April 14, 1865 has placed this theater firmly in history. Opened just four years before that fateful night, the theater has now been restored to its 1865 appearance and is again a showcase for plays. The basement-level Lincoln Museum displays artifacts from the assassination, including the gun John Wilkes Booth used to kill Lincoln. Mementos from Lincoln's life are also on display. Across the street is Petersen House, the place where Lincoln died.
This is a sports lover's haven. Open to both university students as well as the general public, the Charles E Smith Center provides every kind of sporting facility. Whether you're looking to shoot some hoops, score some goals or test your volleyball skills, this centre has it all. Water babies can choose from swimming, diving and water polo. You could even enroll for scuba-diving classes. Alternatively, slam some balls at the racquetball, tennis or squash courts. Otherwise, catch some live action at the 5,000 seater arena, which hosts gymnastics, volleyball and other events. Timings for the public and students are different, so call up before heading here.
Seeing the nation's capital by bike is not only healthy, but it also allows visitors to get a closer view of DC. This guided bicycle tour takes in many of Washington's magnificent monuments and landmarks; everything from the White House and Washington Monument to the to the Freer Gallery and Rock Creek Park. The standard tour covers about eight miles in three hours. Most of the tour is on paved paths and gravel trails. The company also rents bikes, wheelchairs and scooters.
A variety of European park styles are on display here at Meridian Hill Park, from long French promenades to Renaissance terraces. Waterfalls and pools abound among curling pathways. Especially delightful is the water staircase, a terraced waterfall. Nearby is the historic Adams-Morgan neighborhood, which features myriad ethnic restaurants and eclectic shops.
The oldest aquarium in the country, the National Aquarium has an unlikely home in lower level of the Commerce Building. The dark concrete space seems to cater to the preferences of the fish with its cool atmosphere. The newly renovated Aquarium offers a 45-minute showcase of unique and engaging animals and a refreshing pause in your busy day! Come in and visit over 200 species including alligators, piranha, shark, eel and Japanese carp. General Admission $7; seniors and military, $6; ages 2-10, $3; younger than 2, free.
The Thompson Boat Center is very conveniently located at the south end of Georgetown, in close proximity to many major Washington tourist attractions. For the water-lovers, canoes, kayaks, and even sailboats can be rented. No prior experience is needed. The friendly staff can give you a quick crash-course on how to move and steer. If getting wet doesn't sound appealing, Thompson's also rents bicycles. Canoes, kayaks, and bicycles can be rented hourly or for a full day at very reasonable prices.
This 52-acre park is located north of the Reflecting Pool amid the capital's many famous monuments and memorials. A beautiful place for a stroll, the paths wind through the trees taking you to Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a lake and memorial to the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Steeped in history, this is a must-see on any DC tour.