This luscious, quiet suburb of Washington D.C.
is mostly known to outsiders as a commuter town, but locals know there’s more to it than that. Here are ten activities to do in the Potomac Heights neighborhood of Washington DC.
This lovely, natural area in the Potomac Heights neighborhood is a great place to pass some time. Whether it’s fishing, boating, or just enjoying the view of the canal and the bridge, Fletcher’s Cove is a great spot to enjoy with the whole family. Kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and bicycles are all available to rent at good prices.
Opening hours: 7am-6pm
The Boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove, 4940 Canal Rd NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 244 0461
Capital Crescent Trail
Capital Crescent Trail is a lush escape route running from Georgetown to nearby Silver Spring. It’s a great trail to explore, whether for a brisk walk, or by bike. Originally built on top of an abandoned train track, the trail has now been renovated, and also features bridges and tunnels.
Capital Crescent Trail, DC, USA
Take a break from all the tremendous outdoor activities that Potomac Heights has to offer and head to this delicious pizzeria. Having been chosen as one of the editor’s top picks at Washington Post, this pizzeria has gained some glowing reviews. Meander through 2 Amys‘ extensive wine and cocktail list, and select one of their wood-fire oven-made pizzas. If you’re going with a large group or want high-quality pizza for a special occasion, there’s also the option of booking the upstairs dining room for a private lunch party.
Opening hours: Mon 5pm-10pm, Tue-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 12pm-10pm
3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 885 5700
Capital Antiques and Fine Art
Take a stroll down the legendary MacArthur Boulevard to find this amazing treasure trove of antiques and paintings dating from the 18th through to the 20th century. Whether you’re looking for a unique armoire to place in your home, or just feel like browsing through their gorgeous selection of vintage pieces, Capital Antiques and Fine Art is a great place to spend a relaxed afternoon.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10.30am-8.30pm
5122 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 966 4887
American Painting Fine Art Gallery
4th of July Parade
If you happen to be in the Potomac Heights neighborhood on Independence Day, check out the popular and locally loved 4th of July Parade. A family friendly event that is sure to please children of all ages, the event highlights several of the great architectural features of MacArthur Boulevard. Hosting live bands, floats, and military units, this lively parade is the biggest and most popular one that takes place on Independence Day, suitable for everyone.
Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, DC, USA, +1 800 395 2036
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is renowned for its appreciation for international art, with a focus on politics. This is due to the museum’s close ties to the American University, and the school’s pledge of commitment to studying global issues having to do with social and political justice. Ideal for a cultural and educational day out, admission to the venue is free.
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am-4pm
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC, +1 202 885 1300
The Kreeger Museum
The Kreeger Museum was founded by David and Carmen Kreeger in the 1970s, after decades of amassing a collection of artwork, reflecting the couple’s love of music and painting. Today the museum houses impressionist pieces of the period, and gives its visitors insight into the artistic passions of its founders. In addition to works by impressionists and American artists, there’s also a sculpture garden, so you can admire some artwork outdoors in the sunshine.
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 10am-3pm, Fri-Sat 10am-4pm
2401 Foxhall Road NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 337 3050
Baked & Wired
Baked & Wired is beloved amongst locals and it’s no wonder why. This small, family-owned and run bakery prides itself on its commitment to creating fresh and quality baked goods and coffee, with an extensive list of breads, cakes, muffins, and other baked goods, as well as an assortment of loaves baked and available on a daily basis throughout the week. Only family recipes are used, giving this coffee shop an intimate and homely feel.
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 7am-8pm, Fri 7am-9pm, Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-8pm
1052 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, DC, USA, +1 703 663 8727
The Potomac Heights neighborhood features a Starbucks, but it is Coffee Nature that the locals love. Check out this snug, inviting coffee shop, where you can find anything from a Nutella latte to an Oreo milkshake, and beyond. With a homely feel, Coffee Nature has gathered a loyal fanbase of regulars. With free wifi and local acts performing music, this is everything you’d want from an intimate neighborhood café.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7.30am-6pm
4224 Fessenden Street NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 237 8989