5 Fun Non-Historical Attractions in Arlington, VA

United States’ history is deeply entrenched in Arlington, Virginia, a city situated on the Potomac River directly across from the District of Columbia. There is much to commemorate history among the modern Arlington real estate, businesses, and political entities: war memorials, museums, walking tours, boat tours, parks, and other notable sites.

Arlington is undoubtedly a history buff’s paradise. Arlington has as much to offer visitors looking to step out of that realm and experience more modern entertainment. 

Ballston Quarter

Ballston Quarter is a unique indoor/outdoor experience for shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. The MedStar Capitals Iceplex is a double rink facility that’s the home of the Stanley Cup-winning Capitals. You can see a game there or skate on the ice yourself.

The Quarter has over 25 eateries to choose from. Many of them are located in the Quarter Market food hall. Stop in at Instagram Alley, an area that spans more than 1,000 feet and is adorned with graphics fit for perfect selfies.

Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

The Hirshhorn is a contemporary art museum that includes indoor exhibit space and a sculpture garden. There is no admission fee, and the museum is open 364 days a year. 

Hirshhorn provides a platform for modern and contemporary artists seen by people from all over the world. Many visitors come through yearly. Its holdings are collections of postwar American and European art, and new exhibits constantly highlight emerging artists. The Sculpture Garden has more than 30 pieces on display year-round and is surrounded by a Plaza with more space for exhibiting work.

The View of DC Observation Deck

This 400-foot high deck offers a 360-view of Washington DC and its surrounding areas. There are three windowed stories to look out from and an outdoor terrace that also has a champagne bar.

It’s situated on the 31st and 32nd floors of the CEB building, and visitors will see not only the famed monuments of the area from a birds-eye view but also the many sides of the city and the epic, flowing, flowing views Potomac River.

United States Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden is a living plant museum established by the United States Congress in 1820 and is the oldest continuously operating botanic garden in the country.

The Garden showcases plants from all over the US, both rare and common, and has several different areas to experience them: the Conservatory, Bartholdi Park, National Garden, and Rare and Endangered Plants Gallery. They also have many programs to teach visitors about growing, sustainability, and urban agriculture.

Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre is a Tony Award®-winning, a non-profit professional theater company founded in 1989.

The theatre has produced 59 world premiere shows and is home to the single largest musical theater commissioning project in the country, The American Musical Voices Project. It won the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 2009 and reaches more than 100,000 people annually. Audiences can enjoy Broadway-quality shows in this intimate space.

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