Things to Do in DC – Crime Museum’s Favorites

Great Falls

Great Falls

Besides visiting the Crime Museum we have put together a list of other things to do in dc. This list includes areas that are not part of the usual suspects, but rather some hidden treasures in a city known for the Smithsonian Museums and Federal Buildings. We encourage you to search the websites of the following places before you visit to confirm hours and availability.

Museum Employees Top Picks


  • U Street- experience the rhythm & soul of DC and stop by Ben’s Chili Bowl
  • Eastern Market- a local outside market
  • Jacks Boat House- Kayak in Potomac
  • Potomac Park or Gravelly Point Park- watch planes take off and land
  • Great Falls- see beautiful waterfalls just outside the city


  • Mei n Yu- Asian Fusion in Georgetown
  • Yosaku- Sushi in Georgetown
  • Five Guys- known for the best burgers located in multiple areas
  • Art and Soul-Southern style cuisine made modern on Capitol Hill
  • Rasika- the finest Indian food located in Chinatown
  • Merzi- Indian fast-food style, located in Chinatown
  • Old Ebbitt Grill- a classic Washington DC “power lunch” spot or a romantic dinner, right by the White House
  • El Centro-Mexican, located in the U Street Corridor
  • Busboys and Poets- Eclectic/healthy food- options for vegetarians, located in the U St Corridor
  • Eatonville- for Southern-style Cuisine located in the U Street Corridor
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar-17th Street at Q
  • Guapos- Mexican in Tenleytown
  • Mia’s- Gourmet Pizza, located in Bethesda, MD


  • Red Velvet Cupcakes- conveniently located next to our museum
  • Co Co Sala- Penn Quarter/near Chinatown
  • Serendipity- Georgetown
  • Frozen Yo- Penn Quarter/near Chinatown
  • Georgetown Cupcakes- be prepared to wait in a long line
  • Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café – charming bookstore plus café located in DuPont


  • Pentagon City Mall- Metro accessible
  • Georgetown
  • Friendship Heights- Metro accessible
  • Discount Shopping- Potomac Mills Outlets; Arundel Mills Mall; Hagerstown Premium Outlets
  • Antique Shopping- Historic Ellicott City, located about 40 minutes outside of DC


  • 9:30 Club
  • Madame’s Organ
  • Mr. Smith’s- Piano Bar in Georgetown
  • Dave and Busters- Arundel Mills Mall
  • Cobalt- Dupont Area

Outside the City:

  • Baltimore (50 minutes)
  • Annapolis (50 minutes)
  • Richmond (2 hours)
  • Dave and Busters- Arundel Mills Mall
  • Williamsburg (3 hours)