11 Things to Do in Georgetown

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Georgetown is a picturesque historical neighborhood in Washington, DC located right next to the Potomac River. It is a popular area for shopping and entertainment with plenty of storefronts and restaurants lining Georgetown's main streets, M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The area is home to Georgetown University, and offers a great waterfront area with a view of the Kennedy Center nearby. 

The closest DC metro station to Georgetown is Foggy Bottom, which is about a 15 minute walk. Alternatively, if you're coming from Virginia you can get off at Rosslyn Station and walk across the Francis Scott Key Bridge to get to Georgetown. Although it may not be the most convenient neighborhood to get to in Washington, DC it is not to be missed! With its beautiful architecture and endless bakeries, Georgetown is a must visit when in the nation's capital. Here are 10 things to do in Georgetown, Washington, DC. Map included at the end, so keep scrolling! 

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Things to Do in Georgetown

1. Go shopping along M Street

Georgetown is a great neighborhood for shopping. The streets are lined with plenty of name brand stores and independent boutiques. We suggest starting on M Street, the main street that runs through Georgetown, and then working your way through the smaller side streets that branch off of M Street. 


2. Get afternoon tea at Lady Camellia

If you're feeling a little fancy or enjoy the finer things in life, we highly suggest going to Lady Camellia in Georgetown for afternoon tea. The sets are reasonably priced and the interior is to die for. The scones there were the best we've ever had! Lady Camellia offers an intimate setting with less than 20 seats, so be sure to go right when it opens or make a reservation (especially if you plan on going on a weekend).   

LADY CAMELLIA
Address: 3261 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday 11AM - 7PM, Closed Monday


3. Explore the local residential area

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Georgetown boosts a beautiful residential neighborhood with plenty of well kept intricately designed townhouses. If you're a fan of brick front homes, be sure to take a walk around the neighborhoods located just behind the storefronts and restaurants. If you're lucky, you may even stumbled across some murals!


4. Take a stroll along the C&O Canal

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, abbreviated C&O Canal, runs through Georgetown and offers a peek into colonial times. The canal is part of the National Park Service and is sectioned off with a series of locks. These locks were used to raise and lower water levels back in the day to move boats. It is currently being restored, so the canal is currently drained and some parts are closed but you can still stroll along parts of the canal that are quite aesthetically pleasing. 


5. See which cupcakery reigns supreme

Georgetown is famous for its cupcakes, most notable Georgetown Cupcake, which was made famous from the TLC show "DC Cupcakes". But there are actually a few cupcakeries in Georgetown, and they're all quite good, so why not be the judge and see which one reigns supreme? The three main cupcakeries are all conveniently located within walking distance of one another. 

GEORGETOWN CUPCAKE
Address: 3301 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 9PM

BAKED & WIRED
Address: 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 7AM - 8PM (varies on weekends)
*we highly recommend their ice cream sandwiches!*

SPRINKLES CUPCAKES
Address: 3015 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 9AM - 9PM (varies on Sunday)


6. Grab a burger at Good Stuff Eatery

If you need a quick bite, head on over to Good Stuff Eatery for a fast casual dining experience. They offer unique burgers like the "Prez Obama Burger" but the real star of this place are the "Spike Village Fries" which are seasoned with rosemary and thyme. Oily, yes but SO GOOD. They also have interesting sauces and delicious shakes, this place lives up to its name. 

GOOD STUFF EATERY
Address: 3291 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 11:30AM - 10PM (varies on Sunday)


7. Relax at the Georgetown Waterfront Park

The Georgetown Waterfront Park offers a serene area to relax by the Potomac River. There are plenty of benches and grassy areas, making it the perfect place to enjoy your lunch or even have a picnic in the summer. 

GEORGETOWN WATERFRONT PARK
Address:  3303 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open 24 Hours

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8. Do a water activity on the Potomac River

Boating in DC offers kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards for rent right next to the Key Bridge. It's just a short walk from the Georgetown Waterfront Park, and is a perfect place to go in the summer for water activities. They also offer lessons in case you're a beginner and need some guidance. 

BOATING IN DC
Address: 3500 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 9AM - 7PM (varies on weekends)


9. Climb "The Exorcist" stairs

If you're a fan of the movie, you can visit the filming location for the scene where the young priest is thrown out the window and falls down the stairs to his death. These stairs are a bit narrow, so make sure you take your time going up or down! 

"THE EXORCIST" STAIRS
Address: 3600 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open 24 Hours


10. Grab dinner at Farmers Fishers Bakers

Located at The Washington Harbour, Farmers Fishers Bakers offers an exquisite dining experience next to the waterfront. They offer a vast array of entrees combining different cuisines making it the perfect spot for dinner. If you happen to be visiting on the weekend we highly recommend their all you can eat brunch. The brunch is buffet style and allows you to sample most of their popular dishes and so much more. It's easily our favorite brunch spot in Washington, DC!

FARMERS FISHERS BAKERS
Address: 3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 7:30AM - 10PM (varies on weekends)


11. Check out Laduree's first DC location

The famous French bakery has finally made its way to Washington, DC and is conveniently located in the heart of Georgetown. Laduree's interior design is beautiful and very intricate. This location also offers a cafe where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. The macarons are the best we've ever had, but a bit on the expensive side. We also suggest Olivia Macaron for delicious macarons that are more budget friendly. 

LADUREE
Address: 3060 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 8AM - 7PM

OLIVIA MACARON
Address: 3222 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 8PM (varies on weekends)

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