Monday – Follow your nose to the U.S. Botanic Garden to catch a whiff of the stinky plant! After much anticipation, the titan arum (aka corpse flower) finally started blooming on Sunday. It could remain that way for up to 48 hours, but it’s probably best to get there as soon as you can. The USBG will have extended hours on Monday from 10am – 8pm, so folks have extra time to “enjoy” the stench. Admission is free.
Tuesday – Log some trail time, take in spectacular views, and learn about the nature and history of Great Falls. Whether you opt for the Maryland or Virginia side of the park along a breathtaking stretch of the Potomac, you’re guaranteed some of the best outdoor recreation and vistas in the area. Hours are 7am – dark. The Visitor Centers are open from 10am – 4pm. Admission is $5/vehicle.
Wednesday – Pick some produce at a local farm. Peaches, blueberries, and blackberries are among the fruits that are available now, and just about all the farms in this post about strawberry picking have something ripe and ready for harvest now. However, it’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.
Thursday – Catch a mid-week afternoon ballgame. The Nats are playing the Pirates nearly every day this week, and there’s a 12:35pm match-up among the action. Ticket prices vary, and you can still get seats at just about all price levels (got mine already!). There’s also a 1:35pm game on Friday against the Mets.
Friday – Jet over to the National Air & Space Museum for Mars Day! From 10am – 3pm, the museum will be celebrating the Red Planet with a day full of fun and educational activities and exhibits. Kids can check out a real meteorite, get news about Curiosity from a science team member, see incredible detailed images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and views of the surface of the planet in 3-D, meet planetary professionals, enjoy Mars-related hands-on activities, and much more. The free event is open to the public.