Five Things: June 16, 2022

Taking in views of DC from the Old Post Office Clock Tower


1. One of the neatest DC adventures (that many people never seemed to know about) is back after a pandemic hiatus! We can once again see the city from a unique vantage point at the Old Post Office Clock Tower. Located at 12th & C Streets NW (within the former Trump Hotel, now Waldorf Astoria) and operated by the National Park Service, it’s free to visit and go up to the observation deck of one of the tallest buildings in DC.  It’s fascinating to see the inner-workings of the big ticker and exhilarating to take in the sweeping views of the city.  Read more about it in this post about our first visit there many years ago. It’s open daily from 9am – 4pm, but note there are closure dates during the first week of every month — in 2022 they are July 5, August 2, September 1, October 4, November 1, and December 1.  The building is located at 12th & Pennsylvania NW, and the entrance for the Tower is at 12th & C Streets NW (on 12th between Pennsylvania & Constitution Ave.).


2. There is fun bubbling up at CityCenter in Downtown DC!  BubbleworksDC, an immersive world-class bubble spectacle, is bringing some extra delight to The Plaza through July 4.  Stop by to play for free in the 6-8 minute interactive shows — they run every hour at the top of the hour 1-7 pm daily.  Since it’s a short experience, make the most of your visit to the area and head to the nearby National Portrait Gallery & Smithsonian American Art Museum.  Both are open daily 11:30am – 7pm, and admission is free.  CityCenter is located bewteen 9th & 11th. Streets and New York Ave. & H Streets NW.  The museums are located at 8th & F Streets NW.


3. Looking for a family volunteering opportunity?  DC Way is hosting a clean-up event this Sunday, June 19, from 9am – 3pm.   Part of their quarterly environmental project, it will take place on the four blocks surrounding Tyler Elementary School, their primary soccer camp location.  The goal is that the cleanliness of the streets surrounding will be improved, a clean community will be present, and a good environment for children to grow in is maintained. All are welcome to help out, but let them know if you’ll be joining!


4. Shows to watch during Pride Month.


5.  Happy end of the school year! 😂


Filed under 2022, DC, Summer

2 Responses to Five Things: June 16, 2022

  1. Dan Riffle

    Good finds, thank you! I am embarrassed to say I’ve lived in DC for over a decade and didn’t know you could tour the clock tower.

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