Visit DC with us as we explore the beautiful Pavilion Cafe near the National Mall
Jen and I took my sister on a day trip to one of our favorite spots in DC, the Pavilion Cafe. If you want to Visit DC but are worried about budgeting, I’ll share some tips to help you save money and have the best experience during your trip.
Plan ahead. Sure the beautiful sites are free, but if you’re parking in D.C., either park farther away from the main streets or expect to pay about $1 per hour for street parking anywhere convenient. Double check signs, sometimes the foliage is hiding them! Take a picture of your car before you leave your spot in case you get a ticket that isn’t justified. You can easily pack your own meal before you visit DC. Bring water bottles, or a Camelbak backpack to drink from. And some snacks in case you get hungry but don’t want to buy anything.
Bring your camera or camera phone to take photos and share with us!
Museums are free nearby too! The Smithsonian has a lot of exhibits from natural history to contemporary art!
Bring an umbrella because it rains a lot in the Nation’s capital. Otherwise, you can bring a poncho in your backpack.
Don’t be afraid to ask a stranger to take a photo for you, it’s very common and people are friendly! There are usually police or security nearby so it’s not likely that someone will run off, but you should use your best judgment. We’ve personally not had any such issues.
The water is very nice during the summer so this is a perfect place to cool off. Feel free to put your feet in the water, but don’t try to get in, security will warn you that you’re not allowed to wade. Feet hanging in the pond are okay though.
Also, during the winter this place becomes an ice skating rink!
This is a great little area of DC to Visit with your family or friends or even a first date! The gardens are always well kept and from my experience, they change things around a bit each new season.
There are a lot of beautiful pieces of art here, I don’t want to spoil them all in case you haven’t seen them yet! Go see for yourself!