The summer heat may be sweltering, but it’s just another reason to head inside at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. The building, located at 2700 F St NW, is a renowned theater as well as a cultural icon. It serves as a monument to President John F. Kennedy but also represents a national dedication to the arts. The Center is one of the busiest arts facilities in the country, so there’s always something to see or do during your visit here. Don’t miss the free permanent features, including the enormous Grand Foyer, and the rooftop terrace that offers a breathtaking view of DC. The two hallways, the Hall of States and the Hall of Nations, offer a dizzying array of flags and facts. And the multiple concert halls offer the nation’s best dance, music and theater.
This is not just for the well-heeled visitors, however – students, tourists and locals gather every evening at 6:00 for the free hour-long Millennium Stage concerts that feature an amazing variety of performances. You never know what you’ll see but you will definitely never be bored.
If you still can’t get enough, be sure to check out the Center’s gift shop. There’s quite a variety of artistic gifts, whether you want to create your own masterpiece or celebrate the creations of other artistic souls.