Best Rainy Day Activities in Washington, D.C.

April 26, 2014 9:00 AM

Not every day can be a bright and beautiful one. Whenever Mother Nature strikes, don’t curl up under the covers and wish the day away. Head to one of these destinations and discover the best way to enjoy a rainy day in DC.

Crime Museum
575 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-1099

See what it’s like to be a crime scene investigator, learn about the crime solving process and discover the heroes of law enforcement at the Crime Museum in downtown DC. Featuring three floors and more than 100 interactive exhibits, the Crime Museum displays major crime moments in US history. Learn about the Wild West era, cold cases, prison systems and the FBI’s most wanted. The museum also features a driving and firearms simulator, medical examiner’s table, a crime scene investigator laboratory and hundreds of artifacts from well-known crime scenes. The museum also features an exhibit on John Walsh and the popular show “America’s Most Wanted.”

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
1330 Maryland Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-8588

There’s nothing more calming than the sound of rain. Why not enjoy the sounds of falling rain while enjoying a relaxing spa package? The Spa at Mandarin Oriental features a Zen-like ambiance with warm neutral colors, aromatherapy fragrances and a ready-to-please staff. Available treatments include revitalizing massages, facials and anti-aging facial peels, luxurious manicures and pedicures, makeup application and body scrubs. The facility also features a 1,400-square-foot fitness facility, swimming pool and yoga. Guests are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of their appointment in order to enjoy the full experience of the spa.

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The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

Sing in the rain, literally. The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts provides a wide variety of entertainment sure to please everybody. Listen to the National Symphony Orchestra, attend a ballet or watch a Tony award-winning theatrical production. The Kennedy Center also offers contemporary dance and jazz programs, chamber music, vocal concerts, festivals, banquets, galas and awards and performances for young audiences. The Millennium Stage offers a free performance every evening at 6 p.m. The Kennedy Center also features a gift shop, roof terrace restaurant and a cafe. Drinks and snacks are also available during intermission. Check online for the latest performance schedule.

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-7638

What better way to deal with the rain than to enjoy a good book? Busboys and Poets aims to promote cultural, political and historical awareness through its collection of books and events. Many of the titles feature real-life accounts of social struggles, including civil rights and LGBTQ liberation. The bookstore also features the works of local artists and hosts regular author events including readings and book signings. The bookstore hosts open mic poetry nights, alumni gatherings, story contests, political activist events and movie screenings. Named after Langston Hughes, Busboys and Poets also features a restaurant, cafe and bar.

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701 9th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-0800

Escape the dreary weather and head into this crisp, bright Aegean blue Euro-chic restaurant. Zaytinya features an innovative small plate menu inspired by Lebanese, Greek and Turkish cuisines, innovative cocktails and decadent desserts. Start with a tasty appetizer, like the hummus or the baba ghannouge, which includes fire-roasted eggplant, tahini, lemon or garlic. Main entrees include kebabs, lamb chops, spiced veal sweetbreads and grilled fish. Zaytinya is also open for lunch and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays where you can indulge in delicious meals like Greek-style pancakes or Lebanese-style French toast. The brunch menu also offers an array of teas plus mimosas, bloody marys and Turkish coffee.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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