Prefrosh Preview: Breaking the Georgetown bubble and exploring D.C.

Though Georgetown itself is wonderful and chock full of things to do, part of the experience of attending the University is getting off campus and into the District.

This can be quite a feat for busy students, but Vox urges all of you, especially freshmen, to do your best to make time in your schedule to experience the incredible city you get to spend the next four years in. So, when you’re not studying, working, or sleeping, hopefully you’ll get to call D.C.’s fabulous food, sight-seeing, and events and activities part of your college experience.

To help you get started in your exploration of D.C., Vox has put together a list of a few things you can do to immerse yourself and enrich your time in D.C.:

Sightseeing: One of the best things about D.C. is that it represents the rich and inspiring history of America. You’ll be surprised at how you won’t get sick of walking around the National Mall to see the monuments or of going to visit the city’s many museums. Not only is the National Mall a great place for people watching (you WILL get sick of the tourists, though), but seeing the monuments is free! In terms of museums, Vox recommends the National Air and Space Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Natural History Museum, and the National Zoo (two words: giant pandas), all of which have free admission. Aside from the National Mall, D.C. has some of the coolest neighborhoods in any city you’ll explore. Adams Morgan in particular stands out as an interesting place and was even called one of the artsiest neighborhoods in America last year. Adams Morgan is home to art galleries, cultural shops, music halls, and the neighborhood’s famous street murals.

Embassies: Another part of the great cultural experience of D.C. is to visit the embassies. Keeping track of the event schedule and attending a few events that the embassies host are great ways to get in touch with your inner-SFS side. Many embassies open their doors for public concerts, exhibitions, dinners, and other special events. One especially fun way to get to know the embassies is by trick-or-treating on Embassy Row, a classic D.C. tradition, even especially for college-age kids.

Concerts and Shows: All music lovers will be pleased to hear that D.C. has some of the best music venues out there, including 9:30 Club, Black Cat, and U Street Music Hall. Vox recommends keeping track of concert listings on Songkick, which lists all upcoming concerts in Washington, including both local and big-time artists. Vox also suggests getting your tickets early because concerts generally sell out quickly, especially at 9:30 Club, which features some of the more famous artists. Another great venue for shows is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where, for a bit extra money, you can attend a play, symphony, ballet, or other cultural performance.

Monthly, Seasonal, and Special Events: D.C. has many other activities worth checking out, including things like weekly farmers markets, ice-skating at the National Mall during the wintertime, DC Yoga Week, Restaurant Week, Washington Nationals baseball games, outdoor movies during the spring and summertime, and many more. The key is to research and keep up-to-date with the news and schedules of events. Vox will feature many events each week, but other great sources for event listings are DCist, Washington City Paper, and the Post.

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