There is no way around it – Washington, DC is hot in the summer.
The Smithsonian Museums are a great place to beat the heat. Try extending your time in the AC by watching one of the IMAX movies at the National Air Space Museum or the Museum of Natural History.
But when all else fails, there is ice cream!
Here are our favorite places to find a cool treat:
- Pitango Gelato – with locations on Capitol Hill and in Penn Quarter, Pitango is convenient to the tourist hot spots and the gelato is delicious. I recommend the chocolate hazelnut. (413 7th Street, NW in Penn Quarter and 660 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE on Capitol Hill)
- Thomas Sweet – A Georgetown tradition with tons of flavor options and lots of add-ins. My favorite is the Coffee Oreo – yum. This is also a great spot for people watching. (3214 P Street, NW in Georgetown)
- Pleasant Pops – With refreshing flavors like Honeycrisp Apple and Pineapple Basil, Pleasant Pops is a bit off the beaten path for tourists, but is located in a true DC urban neighborhood that will be fun to explore. (1718 Florida Avenue, NW, near Adams Morgan)
Don’t let the heat scare you away from getting out and exploring our great city. In the heat of the summer you can find some great deals. Kids are free at the Newseum through Labor Day and Pitango Gelato is just around the corner!