Capitol Hill is always bustling with events and activities. It acts as a central hub for both visitors and locals alike and is an unavoidable part of Washington DC tours. It is comprised of mini neighborhoods like Barracks Row and Eastern Market that highlight its blend of local as well as federal diversions.
Capitol Hills has some fantastic things to offer for those who are visiting this place. Some of the interesting activities that you will love to do in Capitol Hills are mentioned below.
See Congress in session
This will be a unique experience you will get in Capitol Hill. If there is a legislative body in session, the Senate and the House Galleries will be open to the public that will allow them to see their lawmakers in action. However, the Galleries cannot be visited as a part of your Capitol Hills tours as it will need special passes for entry. You can get a pass in advance to visit this place from your House Representative or Senator. Visitors from other countries can know about the advance ticket booking from the House and Senate Appointment Desks to see this highly recognized building in the entire world.
Pay a visit to the Bartholdi Fountain
This is a stunning fountain designed by FrédéricAuguste Bartholdi, the creator of the world-renowned Statue of Liberty and is a wonderful destination for picnicking as there is a beautiful park packed with flowers and benches surrounding the fountain. It is also an ideal location to visit during the hot summer days as this fountain will give you respite from the warm weather.
Grab a bite from a foodie haven
If you fancy grabbing a bite during your Capitol Hill exploration, head straight to the Eastern market where you can find a lot of restaurants and carry-out storefronts that will allow you to grab a quick bite or a grand meal along with your family or friends. You can also get cheese, sweets or anything you want to cure your appetite in this place.
Witness a classic play
If you are in the mood to watch a classic play, head to the Folger Shakespeare Library. It hosts a wide collection of plays throughout the year. You can also be a part of concerts and readings if you plan your visit accordingly. This playhouse that houses the world’s largest collection of works of Shakespeare is a famous landmark of the Capitol Hill, especially for art lovers.
Enjoy the lush greenery of Botanic Garden
The U.S. Botanic Garden attracts over one million tourists every year. This is a great place where you can adore the beauty of virgin nature. The place gives priority to the conservation of nature and it takes initiative to notify the visitors about the importance of preserving the earth’s ecosystems. The garden also hosts different concerts, seminars, cooking classes etc.
Admire the beauty of summerhouse
This summerhouse situated on the West Lawn is a wonderful structure made of redbrick. The designer of this building was Frederick Law Olmsted, a renowned landscape architect, who designed many admirable structures.
The summer house is an open-air hexagonal structure with arched doorways and burbling grotto that always attracted the attention of solitude seekers and romantics.
Take a tour through the U.S. Supreme Court
You can take a self-guided tour through the Supreme Court of the U.S. It will be possible for you to hear an argument if you visit when the court is in session. But if the court is not in session when you visit, no need to get disappointed, as there will be free lectures given by docents about the building and its duties and functions.
Take a trip to the Library of Congress
This is an inevitable part of your Capitol Hill tours if you want to admire the largest library in the world itself. The library will give you a spectacular experience where you can learn about the history of the nation along with enjoying some great literary works.
The library hosts featured exhibitions where you can enjoy the vast collection of works it has to offer. This building is also visually appealing with its wonderful architecture and beautiful interiors.
Shop at the Eastern Market
Shop till your feet hurts in the Eastern Market where you can get a variety of products from farm-fresh produce to antiques and handicrafts. There are also some wonderful shops that sell soaps, jewelry, vintage clothing etc., that are made locally. You can grab some fantastic gifts for your loved ones from this place.
Watch a patriotic parade
The Marine marching units of the United States and the President’s Own U.S. Marine Band perform drills along with fascinating American music from May through August at 8:45 p.m. on Friday nights. The tickets are free, however, reservations are required.