The College Students’ Guide to the Perfect D.C. Summer

Published on May 28th, 2014
Kayaker enjoys ride on the Potomac River.Boating in D.C.

Kayaker enjoys ride on the Potomac River.

Whether students are interning on the Hill, working with a government office or just taking a few classes, they have many ways to live it up this summer even with a schedule full of meetings or classes. Boredom is not an option in Washington, D.C., with its free museums, weekly outdoor movies, and growing list of concerts and festivals.

“I’ve spent every summer since my freshman year of college in D.C. whether interning, or working on campus,” said Kirsten Allen, a California transplant to the district. “Every summer I have gained new experiences, been exposed to new things and have meet amazing people.”

“What’s not to love about the nation’s capital!”

Below are some quick tips to ensure a summer full of fun and memories:

  1. Stay aware of what’s going on around you. Many students do not realize that new and inexpensive happenings are all around them just waiting to be discovered. Check out Culture Capital for free events this summer.
  2. Biking is an ideal way to explore the Washington area. Here, a commuter bikes through Chinatown.Capital Bike Share

    Biking is an ideal way to explore the Washington area. Here, a commuter bikes through Chinatown.

    Get lost. Driving a car is not necessary in Washington. In fact, walking, biking or taking public transportation through all four quadrants is ideal. There is so much to see in the nation’s capital; it’s imperative to get out and explore. Capital Bike Share is the perfect way to sightsee in a fun way. The rate for renting a bike for an hour and a half is less than $5, giving you the first 30 minutes free. Daily, weekend and monthly deals are also available.
  3. The Washington Monument offers panoramic views of the area. It recently reopened following renovations after a 2011 earthquake.National Park Service

    The Washington Monument offers panoramic views of the area. It recently reopened following renovations after a 2011 earthquake.

    Music junkie? Well, D.C. is the perfect city for you with music festivals and concerts daily. Visit Concertful for a list of shows all over D.C. and metro area.
  4. Be a little daring. Let that adventurous side of you run free on the Potomac River. Boating in D.C. offers rentals for kayaks, paddleboards, pedal boats and many more. Classes and season passes are also available. This is a perfect way to have fun and stay healthy.
  5. Weekend extravaganza. If you are looking for the scoop on what D.C. weekends have to offer, then look no further than the Washington Post Express Weekend Pass. The Weekend Pass is featured in every Thursday issue of the free newspaper, which is available at most Metro stations. This weekly review gives you the ins and outs of all that the weekend has to offer.

By using these outlets, you will be guaranteed a fun-filled and inexpensive summer.

Dara Jones is a reporter for 101Magazine.net.

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