Some of the best things to do in Georgetown Washington DC include seeing vibrant architecture, visiting DC embassies, exploring parks, shopping, and experiencing one of the most famous movie scenes in history.
There are many more things to do Georgetown in Washington DC besides eating sweets at Georgetown Cupcake.
Georgetown was founded as a tobacco port in 1751 (long before cupcakes) and today is DC’s upscale neighborhood with many of DC’s most expensive properties. In fact, “George Town” existed 40 years before Washington DC officially did.
8 Great Things To Do In Georgetown Washington DC
1. Visit Georgetown University
Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic college in the United States, founded in 1789. Prominent alumni include President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and countless heads of state, congressmen, and more.
Walking around and exploring the Georgetown campus is one of my favorite things to do in Georgetown DC. Besides, how many universities have their own on-campus graveyard?
2. See DC Architecture and DC History
There are endless collections of row houses and some surviving pre-Revolution structures.
Georgetown is the start of the C&O Canal National Historic Park. Right next to the Key Bridge, is a cute little green space officially known as Francis Scott Key Park. This is a very small sampling of the treasures in Georgetown.
3. Walk the Stairs from “The Exorcist“
Perhaps climbing the stairs from the movie “The Exorcist” is not on everyone’s wish list but it is one of my favorite things to do in Georgetown. Whenever I visit the Exorcist Stairs I have seen people from all over the world.
The stairs are steep and, of course, eerie, but it serves as great exercise.
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4. Visit Georgetown Waterfront and Nature
In addition to the Georgetown Waterfront Park, the Georgetown waterfront area includes the Washington Harbour. It is a great place to shop, eat, watch entertainment, or check out excellent views.
The aforementioned C&O Canal path is a popular trail for runners (walkers and joggers) and bicyclists. Don’t count on finishing the entire trail as it is 185 miles! The Georgetown waterfront is a popular spot to catch scenic cruises, rent boats, or watch boat practices and races.
5. Visit DC Embassies
One time I was walking along R Street and several men with colorful outfits were talking on cell phones outside the Cameroon embassy.
6. Explore Dumbarton Oaks
Dumbarton Oaks is a museum, library, and gardens on 53 acres in the middle of Georgetown. The research library is focuses on pre-Columbian, Byzantine, and garden and landscape studies.
The museum hosts Byzantine and pre-Columbian art and European masterpieces. Many consider the gardens the best in DC (maybe America?) and a highlight for most visitors.
7. Shop and Eat in Georgetown
Most of Georgetown’s commerce is located along M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. There are over 500 stores, restaurants, and service places (according to Georgetown Business Improvement District).
The bar scene is vibrant most nights with monumental traffic jams especially on Saturday nights. Besides, celebrities visiting Washington DC love to be seen in Georgetown. Perhaps even visiting Georgetown Cupcake.
For more places to eat in DC, see Washington DC Food Trucks
8. Walk a Labyrinth
One of the more interesting things to do in Georgetown is to visit and walk a labyrinth. If you have never done seen or walked a labyrinth, your Georgetown visit will be a perfect time to do so.
It often has kids running through it and bicycles zooming through the park. Quiet, no. Interesting (and free), yes.
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Do you have other favorite things to do in Georgetown?