How about a side of fun to go with your Thanksgiving turkey? If you’re going to be in town for the holiday and looking for pre- or post-feast activities, plan ahead with these ideas.
*Visit a Smithsonian museum or the National Zoo. They are all open on Thanksgiving from 10am – 5:30pm, except for the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery which are open 11:30am – 7pm. (I highly recommend the WONDER exhibit at the Renwick!) The National Gallery of Art is open, too, from 10am – 5pm.
*Spend Thanksgiving morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin’ Java. Showtime is 10:30am, general admission is $5.
*Get gliding and enjoy some active fun on what’s forecast to be a beautiful day. You can skate under the sky at one of several ice rinks in the area that are open on the holiday. Find info for them here.
*Go on a holiday hike. Rock Creek, Great Falls, Roosevelt Island, Huntley Meadows, and Turkey Run are all great places to do some pre-feast tramping. This post has even more recs for local walks in the woods.
*Get into the holiday spirit at Christmas on the Potomac, the Gaylord National Resort’s spectacular seasonal attraction.
*Dance off the turkey dinner at the Kennedy Center. The evening’s free Millennium Stage performance features a Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party with music by Jive Aces and swing lessons by Jean Veloz. The dancing and show is 7-9pm, but lessons start at 6p.
*Take an evening drive or stroll through a holiday light display – several in the area have started dazzling visitors with twinkling designs.