OK, maybe I’m jumping the gun. After all, I didn’t get to run yesterday because the kids had a snow day. Yes, I got a walk in and I shoveled snow, so it’s not like I didn’t move, but I’m still in search of a 13 mile run. (Didn’t happen on Wednesday because I spent the day transporting cellos and a bass. Long story, but the short story is sometimes being a mom comes before being a runner.)
Anyways, I’m linking up with the Friday Five with Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia for five things it’s fun to do in the spring in Washington, DC.
1. Easter Egg Roll at the White House. We did this two years ago and it.was.awesome! My kids are a bit too old now, but it’s one of those things you should try to do at least once when your kids are young. Tickets are free, but you have to enter the lottery (which unfortunately ended yesterday, so you’ll need to put this on your list for 2016.)
2. Visit the cherry blossoms and the Cherry Blossom Festival. The cherry blossoms are gorgeous if you hit them at the right time (always a challenge) plus there are lots of fun activities related to the festival including a parade, a kite festival, and of course, the Cherry Blossom 10 miler.
3. Get outdoors! Spring in DC is absolutely beautiful. Sneeze filled, because OMG the allergens in this area. But beautiful. There’s so much to do here. It’s prime time to visit the National Arboretum, walk around Rock Creek park, visit the National Zoo, or venture slightly outside the city and hike at Great Falls or visit Mount Vernon. Or if you are a runner, the trails are ice free but not so hot that you have to plan your run at crazy early.
4. Run a race! Some of the best DC area races are in the spring. RNR DC kicks things off in mid-march with a half and full option (use code MCMMamaRunsDC for $15 off!). Soon after comes the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and then the GW Parkway 10 Miler. In between are tons of smaller and shorter distance local races that are family friendly. It’s a great time to be a runner in DC.
5. Take in some sports! Both DC United (soccer) and the Washington Nationals (baseball) have season openers coming up soon. It’s a great excuse to get outside and enjoy watching someone else getting a workout LOL. (And maybe have a beer with it…)
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I’m so ready for spring. I don’t care that my nose will be itchy and my eyes will be watering. I just can’t wait to run every day in a single layer of clothing. Imagine how much time I’ll get back in my day when it doesn’t take me as long to get dressed to run as it does to actually run!
23 thoughts on “5 Things to do in DC in the spring”
I love visiting DC in the springtime and I really do hope that spring is just around the corner! I’d love to run a race in town and to see the cherry blossoms.
I remember visiting DC in 2013 and did the Cherry Blossom 10 miler. It was fun! I’d love to go back again!
My sister n law is in DC and we need to plan a trip to visit. Love the Easter Egg Hunt at the White House! Will for sure do that with the kiddos at some point.
Would love to see the Cherry Blossoms too!
the husband is there next week.
now I wanna run away and bring the child with us.
We love DC – more and more Chris is talking about that being the next stop after he finishes his time here. Not sure how I feel about that since there is snow and the next home was supposed to be a beach (year round beach weather!!!) but I guess we will just see what happens.
I LOVE visiting DC, and the Cherry Blossom festival will always be special to me because it’s the first trip my husband and I ever took together when we first started dating! I’m hoping we can make it down this year; maybe not for spring but I’d be OK with anytime!
What fun ideas! It’s been a long time since I’ve made it to DC, but you definitely make me want to head up for a short spring trip!
Better make sure those eggs they hide are colored or you might never find them haha!
Awesome! I get major Spring fever every time March comes around, (Hello! One more day)! 😀 I’m probably not going to make it to Cherry Blossom this year, but my parents will be visiting sometime this spring. Can’t wait to take them into DC! Great list! Thanks for sharing!!
I’m thinking of spring too. The first sign of spring here is usually when the blue bonnets pop up. Very much like the cherry blossoms, blue bonnets are in bloom for only a short time, but they’re gorgeous.
We love so close (an hour south) but never made it to the Cherry Blossom Festival. I’m really planning on going this year.
my post today is the opposite of this, but i’m with you. i tried to be positive but i’m also over winter. especially since i fell on black ice last night and am all banged up. stupid winter!
My best friend lived there for several yrs and spring was always a fun time to go visit her.
I’ve always wanted to make it up for the Cherry Blossom Festival it looks amazing!
I always run multiple DC spring races! I’ve yet to actually go to the Cherry Blossom festival and really want to this year.
I’ve never been to DC, so anything you would have written about would be fun for me!
Spring is my absolute favorite season in DC. I love going downtown to see the Cherry Blossoms every year, as well as running several races in the area.
So many great things to do in DC and cities in general. I live in Paris and there is always something to do… I LOVE city life.
DC is phenomenal. I want to see the cherry blossoms so badly (and run the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, while I’m at it), but it was too cold when we were there and the blossoms were late 🙁 Guess that means I’ll just have to go back!
So many great races here in the Spring. We entered the White House Easter Egg roll lottery again this year but have been turned down the last 2 so I’m not optimistic!
We were in DC in late March last year. OMG. I’ve never been so cold. The wind was brutal. I was expecting cherry blossoms. We made snowmen instead. We had fun touring the Smithsonian.
Looking forward to more time outdoors – can’t wait to go back to the National Arboretum.
Yesterday was awesome not quite sure it’s spring yet though 🙂