In the same city that spends money, you can see money being made. In the city that memorialized Abraham Lincoln in marble, you can see the bullet that killed him. In a town where enslaved persons helped build the White House, you can tour the home of one of the most famous abolitionists. And in a town where the president’s limousine motorcade routinely attracts attention, you can ride in another vehicle that turns heads. The best activities you wouldn’t think to do in Washington, D.C., will enlighten your and educate you. – Kathryn McKay
National Museum of Health and Medicine
6900 Georgia Ave. N.W
Washington, D.C. 20306
You’ll not only see the bullet that killed President Lincoln, but you’ll surely find other oddities that make a visit to this museum one of the best activities you wouldn’t think to do in Washington, D.C. Skeletons, human organs – both healthy and sick – give this museum a reputation as one of the weirdest and wackiest places in the D.C. area.
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
1411 W St., S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20020
Not nearly as famous as the White House, this grand historic home – the last home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass – provides one of the best activities you wouldn’t think to do in Washington, D.C. The National Park Service introduces visitors, via an introductory movie and exhibits, to this heroic man and his life as a slave, author, lecturer, newspaper publisher, civil servant and more.
Massachusetts Ave. N.E. near No. Capitol St.
Washington, D.C. 20002
A ride on this amphibious vehicle is proof that it’s not only politicians who get mocked for their foolishness in this political town. Kids and adults cause a commotion as they make silly noises with yellow whistles that look like yellow duck bills and make quacking sounds aboard an amphibious vehicle that rides through town before splashing down in the Potomac River. No one would travel to D.C. to ride on a D.C. Duck or sound like a duck, but the ride is one of the best activities you wouldn’t think to do in Washington, D.C.
Bureau of Printing and Engraving
14th and C St. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20228
Perhaps the closest thing Washington, D.C., has to a “factory,” millions of dollar bills are printed at the Bureau of Printing and Engraving daily. During a 30-minute tour, you can see notes being printed, inspected and cut. When bills have defects, they’re recycled. While free samples aren’t part of the tour, folks still love to see millions of dollars roll off the presses, making this tour one of the best activities you wouldn’t think to do in Washington, D.C.