Crystal City for Families
Collected by Jake Green
Crystal City, a vibrant downtown district of Arlington, is located directly across the Potomac River from the capital, between the Pentagon and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. It is, therefore, an ideal base for exploring the Washington metropolitan area.
1750 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
The Crystal City Water Park is the neighborhood's signature plaza. With shaded landscaping, dining tables, and seating, this fountain-filled setting is a pleasant refuge from city life. During weekdays, it's a favorite spot for workers to enjoy a...
400 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
From the hilltop of the U.S. Capitol to the riverfront behind the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall is “America’s Front Yard.” Lined with museums and accented by monuments and memorials, the 1.9-mile stretch of green space is...
1299 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
"Ready!" I grip the bar tightly and lean forward. "Set!" I bend my knees and my heart starts racing. "HUP!" Before I have time for doubts, I take a deep breath, and jump off the platform. The next 40 seconds are a pure adrenaline rush as I soar...
700 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, McLean, VA 22101, USA
The George Washington Memorial Parkway, known as "GW Parkway" by locals, is a 25-mile stretch of road and trails that follows Virginia's Potomac shore. It was designed for recreational driving and transport, linking Mount Vernon to Langley, with...
1025 N Fillmore St Ste H, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
Artisan Confections offers monthly chocolate classes in its Arlington retail stores. Students are given a short lesson on the process of chocolate-making, then dive into creating their own treats. In our class, we painted designs with colored...
2110 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
Handmade is the mantra on the menu at Good Stuff Eatery: handcrafted burgers, hand-cut fries, and hand-spun milkshakes. Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn opened this casual restaurant with the mission of re-creating American favorites. Diners...
2310 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
Washingtonians flock to the Dairy Godmother for a taste of Wisconsin. Visitors, who include President Obama, come to this neighborhood hangout to indulge in homemade frozen custard and other nostalgia-inducing treats. Chocolate and vanilla cones...
2000 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
Evening Star is a neighborhood gem located between Crystal City and Old Town that serves modern southern cuisine. Funky, eclectic decor creates a casual atmosphere for enjoying satisfying dishes like Shrimp and Grits and Roasted Duck Breast with...
800 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Teaism is a collection of D.C. restaurants that serves a variety of high-quality teas and tasty fare with an Asian twist. The menu offers dishes that cater to all types of diets: omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. The newest and largest...
1625-A Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
Puppet Heaven is a unique and delightful store that appeals to children and the young at heart. Owner Alban Odoulamy has been selling puppets and his artwork in Crystal City for over 17 years. Alban hails from Benin, where he was formally trained...
1677 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
Within close proximity of the Pentagon, the Ship's Hatch is perfectly positioned to sell military themed gifts and memorabilia. Nautical enthusiasts will find ships' clocks, restored barometers, antiques, and ball caps that can be custom...
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