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DC Scavenger: Explore the Southwest Waterfront with These Fun Clues!


Summertime in DC calls for taking advantage of the city’s many spectacular waterfronts. The revitalized Southwest Waterfront is undoubtedly one of the District’s most vibrant areas, hosting a bevy of premiere dining, retail, and nightlife destinations. In addition to boasting an abundance of entertainment attractions, this accessible waterfront also offers countless recreational sports, festivals, and activities.

In this fifth guest blog post of her DC Scavenger series, local author JoAnn Hill takes us on an active pursuit throughout the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood. This highly visited region is largely characterized by The Wharf, as well as the nation’s longest continuously operating open-air fish market and thriving music and performing arts scenes. Below are four of 23 clues featured in the Southwest Waterfront chapter of DC Scavenger. JoAnn’s book that challenges readers to solve clues and discover sites around the Southwest Waterfront and throughout the entire city.

JoAnn Hill is the author of Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure and DC Scavenger , which goes beyond the typical guidebook; it’s an interactive treasure map spanning seventeen distinct neighborhoods throughout the District. If you think you know everything there is to know about DC ― even the most weird, wonderful, and obscure parts of it ― get ready to embark on an adventurous discovery of DC’s most cherished gems.

Southwest Waterfront Clue #1
Come to this stop, a literary scene,
A stunning design surrounded by green,
Haven for books within these pleasing walls,
A redesigned space that welcomes us all.

Southwest Waterfront Clue #2
Find a showpiece quite grand that takes you here;
DC arts lovers hold this place quite dear.
An architectural gem you can’t miss,
Theater lovers bask in show-stopping bliss.

Southwest Waterfront Clue #3
Moove on over to this Vermont-based treat,
Deliciousness to lick, scoop, and eat,
Chunky Monkey and Phish Food are two faves,
So many flavors to savor and crave.

Southwest Waterfront Clue #4
Swing over to this area’s last spot,
The breeze here will cool you down when it’s hot.
Revert to your childhood here in full swing,
Fun way to round out this neighborhood fling!


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JoAnnHill, author of DC Scavenger and Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, has affectionately called Washington, DC, home for over 20 years. She has written extensively about DC living, its food, and her world travels on her blog dcglobejotters.org and other mediums and publications. Through her writing and research, she shares stories and tips that inspire the insatiably curious traveler. When she’s not writing and exploring, you will find her teaching yoga, barre, and group fitness classes, indulging in DC’s culinary and theater scenes, and spending as much time outside as possible being active. JoAnn is the co-founder of Capitol Teachers, a full-service tutoring company servicing the greater DC area. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband Thalamus and dog Jackson.

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