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Where to Play on Thanksgiving Day

It's festive and fun at the Pentagon Row Ice Rink

It’s festive and fun at the Pentagon Row Ice Rink



How about a side of fun to go with your Thanksgiving turkey? If you’re going to be in town for the holiday and looking for pre- or post-feast activities, plan ahead with these ideas.

*Visit a Smithsonian museum or the National Zoo. They are all open on Thanksgiving from 10am – 5:30pm, except for the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery which are open 11:30am – 7pm. (I highly recommend the WONDER exhibit at the Renwick!) The National Gallery of Art is open, too, from 10am – 5pm.

*Experience Season’s Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden on opening day! Get an idea of what to expect in this post from a couple of years ago about the annual holiday exhibit.

*Spend Thanksgiving morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin’ Java. Showtime is 10:30am, general admission is $5.

*Get gliding and enjoy some active fun on what’s forecast to be a beautiful day. You can skate under the sky at one of several ice rinks in the area that are open on the holiday. Find info for them here.

*Go on a holiday hike. Rock Creek, Great Falls, Roosevelt Island, Huntley Meadows, and Turkey Run are all great places to do some pre-feast tramping. This post has even more recs for local walks in the woods.

*Get into the holiday spirit at Christmas on the Potomac, the Gaylord National Resort’s spectacular seasonal attraction.

*Dance off the turkey dinner at the Kennedy Center. The evening’s free Millennium Stage performance features a Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party with music by Jive Aces and swing lessons by Jean Veloz. The dancing and show is 7-9pm, but lessons start at 6p.

*Take an evening drive or stroll through a holiday light display – several in the area have started dazzling visitors with twinkling designs.


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Where to Play on Thanksgiving Day

Season's Greenings opens at the U.S. Botanic Garden on Thanksgiving Day

Season’s Greenings opens at the U.S. Botanic Garden on Thanksgiving Day



How about a side of fun to go with your Thanksgiving turkey? If you’re going to be in town for the holiday and looking for pre- or post-feast activities, you’ve got some options. Hit a museum for art and culture or the ice for some skating, enjoy some nature on the trail, see a show, or celebrate other holidays at events happening around the area. Here are specifics on those ideas and more. Happy Thanksgiving!

– Visit a Smithsonian museum or the National Zoo. They are all open on Thanksgiving from 10am – 5:30pm, except for the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery which are open 11:30am – 7pm. The National Gallery of Art is open today, too, from 10am – 5pm.

– Experience Season’s Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden on opening day! Get an idea of what to expect in this post from last year about the annual holiday exhibit.

– Spend Thanksgiving morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin’ Java. Showtime is 10:30am, general admission is $5.

– Glide in the fresh air at a local ice rink. You can lace up and skate under the sky at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden (open 10am – 5pm), Washington Harbour, Pentagon Row Ice Rink (open 10am – 11pm), Silver Spring Outdoor Ice Rink (open 12-10pm), Reston Town Center (open 10am -10pm), and Rockville Town Square. Get details on all of them.

– Bundle up for a holiday hike. Rock Creek Park, Great Falls, Roosevelt Island, and Turkey Run Park are great places close to (or in) the city to do some pre-feast tramping.

– Get into the holiday spirit at Christmas on the Potomac, the Gaylord National Resort’s spectacular seasonal attraction. Read a review of a past experience there.

– Dance off the turkey at the Kennedy Center. The evening’s free Millennium Stage performance features a swing dance party with Tom Cunningham Orchestra with special guest Jean Veloz. The show is 7-9pm, but free swing lessons start at 6pm!

– Enjoy an evening light display at one of several in the area that are already welcoming guests to view them.

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Thankful for Fun Things to Do On Turkey Day

Take a hike... and enjoy some outdoor time on Turkey Day.

 

Looking for some pre- or post-feast activities today?  Here are some ways to build up an appetite, keep the kids busy while the bird cooks at home (with someone staying behind to watch it, of course), and/or walk and play off all the turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!

– Visit a Smithsonian museum or the National Zoo. They are all open today from 10am – 5:30pm, except for the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery which are open 11:30am – 7pm. The National Gallery of Art is open today, too, from 10am – 5pm.

– Experience Season’s Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden on opening day!

Glide in the fresh air at the new Canal Park Ice Rink (open 11am – 9pm), the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink (open 10am – 5pm), the Pentagon Row Ice Rink (open 10am – 11pm), the Silver Spring Outdoor Ice Rink (open 12-10pm), or the Reston Town Center Ice Rink (open 10am -10pm).  Links to all of them can be found here.

– Take a hike and do some late fall leaf-peeping. Rock Creek Park, Great Falls, Roosevelt Island, and the National Arboretum are great places to hit the trail and enjoy the last of autumn colors around DC.

– Get into the holiday spirit at Christmas on the Potomac, the Gaylord National Resort’s spectacular seasonal attraction. (Read a review of a past experience there.)

– Dance off the turkey at the Kennedy Center.  This evening’s free Millennium Stage performance features a swing dance party with Doc Scantlin’s Palmettos. The show begins at 6pm, but free swing lessons are at 5pm!

– Enjoy an evening light display at one of several in the area that are already welcome guests to view them.

 

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