Hot town, summer in the city
April 13, 2014 6:22 PM Subscribe
Looking for tips on making the best of summer in Washington, DC.
posted by lunasol to Travel & Transportation around Washington, DC (12 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
When I moved back to DC from Seattle, I knew that the summer was going to be my least favorite part of living in DC. I've always hated hot, humid weather. Now after five years in the Pacific Northwest, where it's never humid or hot, and where the evenings are always cool, I am really dreading the infamous DC summer.
However, this weekend's brief interlude of summery weather made me realize that it will be a lot better if I at least try to enjoy it, instead of just hiding in air conditioning and grumping about the heat.
So those of you who have spent summers in DC, what have you done to make it bearable, or even enjoyable? Especially looking to hear from those who are not big summer people.
I do like the beach and mountains, so those are definitely in the plans, as are evenings at bars with patios and shifting my dog's evening walk to dusk. I also have central air conditioning (for the first time in my life!) so that should help. My office dress code is casual, so I'll be able to get away with skirts/sandals/t-shirts.
Beyond that, I'm looking for three things:
1. How to avoid feeling super-gross whenever I do spend time outside (ie, sweaty, flushed, frizz-haired)
2. Fun things to do that make being in DC in the summer less horrible and more summery! fun! (one note is that I burn faster than tissue paper, so I usually prefer summery things with shade rather than right out in the open - for some reason, the beach is an exception)
3. Places for my dog to swim. So far I've taken him to Shirlington Park, which I didn't like (too polluted and the swimming area wasn't fenced/right next to a major street), and the Kent Island dog beach, which was perfect.
Oh, and I know there are a lot of street fairs/festivals in DC in the summer, but I don't really enjoy those. I do like outdoor music/movies, the aforementioned patios, swimming, hanging out in the shade.