10 Family Fun Things to Do in Georgetown

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

Georgetown, located in Washington, D.C., is a vibrant neighborhood with plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy from Georgetown sightseeing to outdoor activities along the waterfront. Here are some recommendations for family activities in Georgetown which will satisfy everyone:

      1. If you are looking for outdoor activities in Georgetown, you should explore Georgetown Waterfront Park for a perfect day in the sun. This beautiful park stretches along the Potomac River and offers stunning views, walking trails, a fountain, and a large grassy area for picnics or playing games. You can also rent kayaks, paddleboards, or pedal boats to enjoy some time on the water.  Let the kids cool off at the Georgetown Waterfront Park Fountain.  This interactive fountain allows children to splash and play in the water during the summer months.  
      2. Another great idea for Georgetown waterfront activities besides the Georgetown Waterfront Park is to take a boat tour on the Potomac River: Enjoy a scenic boat tour from the Georgetown Waterfront and cruise along the Potomac River. Several companies offer narrated tours that highlight the history and landmarks of the area, providing a unique perspective of the city.
      3. Tour the Old Stone House, which is the oldest unchanged building structure in Washington, DC.  The house is also Washington’s last pre-revolutionary colonial building on its original foundation. Built in 1765, Old Stone House is located at 3051 M St NW. It was preserved from demolition, unlike many colonial homes in the area that were replaced by redevelopment, by local activists.  This may be the best example of Georgetown's historic sites, but it isn't the only one! 
      4. Visit the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park: This historic park runs through Georgetown and offers opportunities for walking, biking, and picnicking along the canal towpath. Enjoy the picturesque scenery, and learn about the canal's important role in the region's history.  Sometimes there are canal barge rides which is an added treat.  There are so many outdoor activities in Georgetown from which to choose! 
      5. Go shopping and dining: Georgetown is known for its charming cobblestone streets lined with boutique shops and delicious restaurants. Take a leisurely stroll down M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and explore the various shops and eateries. Don't forget to indulge in some Georgetown Cupcakes, a popular local treat.
      6. Explore Tudor Place: This historic house and garden offer a glimpse into the lives of prominent Georgetown families. Take a guided tour of the house, explore the beautiful gardens, and participate in family-friendly events and workshops.
      7. Visit Dumbarton Oaks: This stunning estate features beautiful gardens, a museum, and art collections. Enjoy a peaceful walk through the gardens, which showcase different styles and plantings, or explore the museum to learn about Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art.  This is a shining example of the Georgetown parks and green spaces. 
      8. If all these outdoor activities in Georgetown haven't worn you out, you can take a bike ride along the Capital Crescent Trail!  The Capital Crescent Trail is a paved path that runs through Georgetown and extends for miles, connecting to other parts of the city and all the way up to Bethesda. Rent bikes and enjoy a family-friendly ride along the trail, surrounded by greenery and scenic views.
      9. Race up and down the Exorcist stairs.  For some, these stairs might look like little more than a daunting climb, but fans of the 1973 horror film, the Exorcist, will likely recognize the site of the climactic final showdown between the self-sacrificing priest and the demon who possesses 12-year-old Regan.
      10. Explore Theodore Roosevelt Island in the middle of the Potomac River.In the 1930s, landscape architects transformed Mason’s Island from neglected, overgrown farmland into Theodore Roosevelt Island, a memorial to America’s 26th president. They conceived a “real forest” designed to mimic the natural forest that once covered the island. Today miles of trails through wooded uplands and swampy bottomlands honor the legacy of a great outdoorsman and conservationist.  Is there a better example of outdoor activities in Georgetown? 

These are just a few of the many family activities available in Georgetown, D.C. Enjoy your time exploring this historic neighborhood and creating lasting memories with your loved ones!

Homes in Georgetown range from studio condos to historic residences claiming a connection with George WashingtonGeorgetown History and General Lafayette.  Fall in love with traditional colonial styled homes with narrow staircases and modern condos with walls of glass providing incredible views of the Potomac River.  There is a perfect match for you in Georgetown, limited only by your tastes and your bank account!  To find that perfect home, give the Lise Howe Group a call at 240-401-5577 or email us at lise@lisehowe.com.  Click here to start your search! 

Comments (20)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lise... you'll not hear me turn down an opportunity to shop and dine in Georgetown!

May 26, 2023 04:26 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

We are having dinner there tonight with my brother-in-law from California! 

May 26, 2023 04:37 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

#8 and #10 would be right up my alley! Great list for those who are living in or visiting Georgetown!

May 26, 2023 04:40 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

It is wonderful that there is so much natural beauty right in the middle of Georgetown and along the river. 

May 26, 2023 04:44 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lise. No plans to visit Georgetown but if that changes, will contact you to plan my trip for sure. Enjoy your day.

May 26, 2023 04:59 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Love all these historical sites and making me want to visit that area.

May 26, 2023 05:05 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

And don't forget that cupcake shop downtown where people line around the corner to get in.

May 26, 2023 05:28 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good  morning Lise,

What a wonderful list of activities in Georgetown! Love the historical sites, there is so much natural beauty everywhere you look! I would definitely be enjoying #5!!

May 26, 2023 05:34 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Fun things for sure.  Would make a great weekend outing. Bill 

May 26, 2023 05:52 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Bill Salvatore - East Valley - it will be a fairly quiet weekend for us - a little work, a few showings, watching the Orioles hopefully continue their win streak! 

May 26, 2023 06:05 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

There are some great shops - I love going to the Christ Church Opportunity shop - there are treasures from those old homes in Georgetown - Wedgewood and waterford for pennies! 

May 26, 2023 06:06 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Ed Silva - Georgetown Cupcake - started the cupcake wars!  They are good cupcakes but A LOT OF FROSTING!!!  The pink boxes are very distinctive! 

May 26, 2023 06:08 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

faye schubert - come visit us!  You would have so much fun!  Some day I will get to Branson! 

May 26, 2023 06:09 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Wayne Martin - I would love to have you come to DC for a visit!  Definitely would plan a tour for you! 

May 26, 2023 06:09 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So many fun things to do in Georgetown!  I see quite a few on the list that I would enjoy doing.

May 26, 2023 06:16 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I like all the suggestions you have Lise, but my favorites would start with the first two on your list!

May 26, 2023 06:25 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share.

Have a great day and a very special holiday weekend.

May 26, 2023 07:28 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lise, Georgetown is a lot of fun.  When I lived out there, I was only 18, so wasn't drinking, but still was a great place.

May 26, 2023 07:45 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lise I think of Georgetown eating in good restaurants and nothing else so this was very educational for me:)Endre

May 26, 2023 09:21 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

May 28, 2023 07:36 AM