Everyone knows that the nation's capital is full of drama but how many actually travel here to watch it? The average visitor would be pleasantly surprised to find out how much real theater takes place on a traditional stage. And families traveling to D.C. will be happy to know that there are other culturally-enriching things to do with their kids.
When you think of Washington, D.C. what are the first places that come to mind for things to do or see? Now, no answer is the wrong answer but most visitors think of the White House, the Smithsonian, and a slew of other national monuments. These are Washington's iconic symbols and are what usually top average online guides. Aside from the Kennedy Center, many tourists don't think of D.C. as a travel destination to see a stage show.
I'll be honest with you - I did not know that D.C. had so much to offer in the area of theatre and performing arts. I'm that biased New Yorker who only looks for theatre on Broadway. Shame on me.
The Festival and showcase illustrated that there's more to D.C. than meets the eye. (Hence, why I'm a big fan of festivals). Besides the shows, I had the opportunity to taste and survey delectable creations of rising culinary superstars, all employed in the kitchens of what I like to call chic-fab restaurants. This concentration of restaurants and performance art spaces in the Penn Mar neighborhood are easily turning the once-dilapidated area into a little theatre district.
My trip to D.C., a city I write family travel advice on, re-proved a point: Travel is not just about the arrival, it’s also about the discovery. The performance-art identity of D.C. is definitely understated and not as quickly recognized as a theater destination for travelers. If you decide to visit, after you’re done doing the typical tourist stuff in the city (museums, monuments, and memorials), take a load off, enjoy a show and partake in some good eats. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.