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1109 days ago


I'm on my fifth visit to this place.

It is a fine addition to the metro D.C. area. Aesthetically, it's a fine ballpark. Food and beverage choices are in the 3 to 4 star range. Classic case of a ballpark filled with visiting fans who are on DC for vacation and want to catch the Cubs/Mets/Phillies/Dodgers, et.al.


But under the someone's-gotta-say-it category, I have to say that the three star rating comes from the Nationals crowd - they are extremely douchey.

It's almost like they discovered baseball as a charming activity two weeks ago. They cheer at the wrong times. They walk up and down the steps and do not duck at appropriate times during the game. They pester to start the 'wave' as if it's 1987. And the constant (constant) chatter about everything (everything) except the game is a severe annoyance. Even if these people were moderately tolerable it would be an easy 4 but it's just stunning how people pay 90 bucks to sit and pay no attention to the game whatsoever.

Much has been said of the mediocre to bad baseball play of the team. . .I think the team is getting better - let's hope the fans do as well.

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1179 days ago

This public pool in Georgetown--part of the Department of Parks and Recreation--is free and open to D.C. residents throughout the summer on weekends through the end of June, then daily--except for one day weekly for maintenance--through mid September.

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1179 days ago

Part of the Department of Parks and Recreation, this 50-meter, outdoor pool near Hains Point is free to D.C. residents and close to grassy picnic areas, a putting green, tennis courts and other recreation facilities.

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1179 days ago

This large, Georgia avenue pool--outdoors and open during the summer--is free to D.C. residents and comes equipped with locker rooms, a diving board and two deep-end sections reserved for those over 18; a running track, baseball diamond, tennis courts and basketball courts are also nearby.

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1200 days ago

For anyone with a pipe dream of joining the circus--or interest in an exhilarating new hobby--this trapeze school on the southeast waterfront, with locations in New York, Boston and Los Angeles, is the answer. Trust is the name of the game here, and in good faith; circus-school-trained instructors, some of whom also have degrees in education, are patient, articulate teachers who also happen to perform professionally around the world. After an in-depth, on-the-ground safety and technique demonstration, students--who range from grade school kids to middle-aged moms--are cinched in to harnesses, hooked up to safety ropes, and ascend a tall, narrow ladder to the platform. After chalking palms, the "flyer" waits for the "ready, hep!" cue from below before grabbing hold of the bar and jumping off for a swing.

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1205 days ago

Baseball, beer and a half-smoke; Nationals Stadium--home to the Washington Nationals in southeast Washington--combines America’s favorite pastime with local food favorites such as Ben’s Chili Bowl, Hard Times Cafe, Five Guys and Gifford’s Ice Cream, all with the Capitol dome in the background. It couldn’t get more American if they sold apple pie. The state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar stadium, which opened in 2008, appeals to adults and kids with plenty of mid-inning entertainment, such as the famed fourth inning Presidents Race, which pits runners costumed as presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt against each other. It takes a lot to run a stadium for thousands of people, but this is also the first major league ballpark to be certified under the LEED green building rating system.

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1208 days ago

Located between K and I streets and between 17th Street and Connecticut Avenue, this city square (also between the Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations) centers on a commemorative statue of David Farragut, an admiral in the American Civil War.

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1208 days ago

This 376-acre park maintained by the National Park Service is one of D.C.'s largest parks. The grounds include multi-purpose recreational fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic areas, and even community gardens, which began in 1974 on land formerly used as a golf course. The park also hosts a variety of events, including Civil War programs, ice skating, sports, youth activities the Fort Dupont Summer Concert Series. This park is linked to surrounding forts--together with Dupont known as the Civil War Defenses of Washington--by a seven-mile trail that is popular with hikers and bikes.

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1212 days ago

A must see location when visiting DC. A central location to see the Washington Monument, White House, Jefferson Memorial, the Smithsonian Museums, and just enjoying a picnic out on the lawns. Plenty of local bars and restaurants a few blocks away.

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1231 days ago

The National Mall and Memorial Parks is a collection of monuments and memorials to honor past presidents and war veterans; attractions include the Washington Monument, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, F.D.R. Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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