Nothing is more refreshing on a scorching summer day than a tall ice cream cone, and what’s better than stunning views of the nation’s capital while you’re at it?
As summer draws to a close, tick these items off your summer bucket list before you fall victim to the stress of pre-school.
Cool off with a sweet treat, cheer on the Nationals, picnic at an outdoor concert, belt out your favorite tune at karaoke and deck out your dorm with hand-painted pottery before summer ends.
National Mall Ice Cream
Nothing is more refreshing on a scorching summer day than a tall ice cream cone, and what’s better than stunning views of the nation’s capital while you’re at it? Head down to the National Mall for a soft serve. The food trucks that line the National Mall are nothing new, but many GW students have never bought a sweet dessert there. The goal of the experience is not so much quality as enjoying the beauty of the place with a summer treat in hand. So try one of the classic flavors offered at the trucks like chocolate and vanilla strudel. Lick your ice cream before it melts on the cone while gazing at the illuminated Capitol or the silhouette of the Lincoln Memorial as the sun sets behind the hills of Arlington National Cemetery.
Washington Nationals game
Summer is prime time for baseball, so grab some friends and Nationals gear and head to the ballpark. With the Nationals playing in the early parts of fall, there’s nothing quite like a summer game without the distractions of looming homework and classes. Indulge in classic ballgame snacks like hot dogs, popcorn, hot pretzels and cotton candy while you sit back and watch nine innings of America’s pastime. Although the Nationals are lagging behind in standings and have unseated their star bat Juan Soto, the lively atmosphere of Nationals Park will be an experience to remember whether you win or lose.
Wolf Trap outdoor concert
Wolf Trap is an outdoor concert venue outside of Vienna that is the perfect spot for a picnic and live music. The venue allows visitors to bring their own food and drink, so pack a large picnic blanket, your favorite snacks, and even a bottle of wine to enjoy with your show. Wolf Trap is a large outdoor amphitheater with multiple seating levels nestled in the National Park setting. The venue hosts several concerts throughout August including Little Big Town and a special Abba themed show. Check out the list of concerts to find one that speaks to you.
Hill Country Karaoke
Hill Country hosts live band karaoke every Wednesday night where you and your friends can show off your musical skills. The karaoke bar is located next to a restaurant specializing in Texas barbecue. So gather a group to enjoy some traditional meaty delights before taking the stage. The karaoke takes place in the basement of the venue, with a live band backing the singing of the rotating artists. Pick a classic song and take to the stage as a group, or if you’re feeling really good then go alone to give the crowd a performance they won’t forget. The venue also has a full bar at the back of the floor, so don’t worry if you need a few rounds of drinks before hitting the stage.
This fall, create artistic pieces to add to your dorm room or apartment at All Fired Up, a DIY pottery shop. The pottery painting venue also hosts themed nights like quizzes, jazz, and classical music nights in August to keep customers entertained while they paint. Bring your friends, or even better, future roommates, and paint mugs, plates, bowls and vases to use and display in your shared space this fall. If you want to spice up your experience, try rotating the piece you’re working on with a friend every 10 minutes for an artistic collaboration and a little challenge.
Get active outdoors with a walk, run or bike ride to Gravelly Point. The spot is located on the Mount Vernon Trail and is just a few meters from the end of the runway at Reagan National Airport. Look up and watch as the planes swoop in for their nearby and deafening landing directly overhead. Enjoy the green space and play Frisbee or catch with friends. Or kick back on a blanket and have a picnic on a hot summer day. No matter how you spend your time, the park is one of a kind, where throngs of locals enjoy the fading days of summer.