Fun Things To See And Do In Georgetown, DC

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DC blogger Rogan Smith of This Bahamian Gyal sits among flowers in Georgetown, DC

When I first moved to Washington, DC one of the first places I promised myself I would visit is Georgetown. I had seen so many beautiful photos of this charming neighborhood that I just knew I had to go there. 

However, it took me six months to finally make it to this scenic waterfront area. 

As an island girl from The Bahamas, the ocean played a very big part in my life. I saw the water every single day during my commute. Unfortunately, since moving to DC, I don’t see the water as much anymore. So, I was beyond excited to make this trek to Georgetown. 

The entire area is vibrant and brimming with energy. It’s not uncommon to see skateboarders, skaters and joggers making full use of the area. There are a lot of college kids because Georgetown University happens to be located right in the area. 

I’m a big shopper, so I got excited seeing the rows of boutiques that lined both sides of the street. You’ll find everything, from the high-end stores, to the more affordable shops like TJ Maxx. It’s perfect for those in need of some retail therapy.

DC-based blogger, Rogan Smith stops by an ice cream truck in Georgetown, DC and buys some slushies.
DC-based blogger, Rogan Smith stops by an ice cream truck in Georgetown, DC and buys some slushies.

So Many Food Choices

There isn’t a shortage of restaurants. In fact, the neighborhood has more than 100 restaurants that could appease even the pickiest of eaters. 

We spotted a long line of customers waiting to get inside of Georgetown Cupcake. I wanted to try one of their cupcakes, but it was scorching hot and I was not interested in lining up in the sun. So, I passed. 

I ended up getting a pizza from Pizzeria Paradiso. The customer service was excellent, however, the pizza I got was not so great. It just seemed devoid of flavour. A last-minute decision to add sundried tomatoes to my pizza ended up being a smart choice, as it was the only thing I ate. 

The exterior shot of Pizzeria Paradiso, located in Georgetown, DC. This Bahamian Gyal blogger, Rogan Smith bought a pizza from the pizza shop during her trip to Georgetown.
The exterior of Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, DC.
DC blogger, Rogan Smith's pizza from Pizzeria Paradiso. It looked beautiful, but had very little flavour.
DC blogger, Rogan Smith’s pizza from Pizzeria Paradiso. It looked beautiful, but had very little flavour.

I eventually ended up munching on some of my hubby’s food. He got an Obama burger from Good Stuff Eatery and seemed to enjoy it. 

I sampled some of his rosemary fries, which were really tasty. Just a tip – tell them to go easy on the rosemary. They are a bit heavy-handed.

An exterior shot of Good Stuff Eatery in Georgetown, DC. My husband ordered the Obama burger with rosemary fries. Yummy!
An exterior shot of Good Stuff Eatery in Georgetown, DC. My husband ordered the Obama burger with rosemary fries. Yummy!

Georgetown Is Perfect For Sightseeing

One of the things I enjoyed seeing is the many murals in the area. There were tons of large, colourful wall paintings that attracted Instagrammers and other tourists. Naturally, I had to snap a few photos. 

I took photos at former US President, John F. Kennedy’s mural. The mural features Kennedy  giving his famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech. Many tourists were eager to snap photos at this spot. 

This Bahamian Gyal blogger, Rogan Smith poses in front of JFK's Ice bine in Berliner mural in Georgetown.
This Bahamian Gyal blogger, Rogan Smith poses in front of JFK’s Ice bine in Berliner mural in Georgetown.
DC blogger, Rogan Smith touches a mural of former US President, John F. Kennedy. The mural is located in Georgetown, DC.
DC blogger, Rogan Smith touches a mural of former US President, John F. Kennedy. The mural is located in Georgetown, DC.
This Bahamian Gyal blogger, Rogan Smith poses in front of a flower mural in Georgetown, DC.
This Bahamian Gyal blogger, Rogan Smith poses in front of a flower mural in Georgetown, DC.
DC blogger, Rogan Smith glances at the Potomac River in Georgetown, DC.
DC blogger, Rogan Smith glances at the Potomac River in Georgetown, DC.

You’re Sure To See People Canoeing

It’s impossible to walk along the waterfront without seeing young families and couples canoeing. They’re everywhere. 

My husband and I wanted to go canoeing, however, we weren’t able to because we didn’t have a reservation. Before COVID-19 rolled in, you could just pay for a canoe and be on your way. Things have changed.

But, that just gives us another reason to return. 

Take A Boat Ride

DC blogger, Rogan Smith sits on a boat during a tour of the Potomac River in Georgetown, DC.
DC blogger, Rogan Smith sits on a boat during a tour of the Potomac River in Georgetown, DC.

Because we couldn’t canoe, we decided to take a sightseeing boat ride on the Potomac River. Our lovely tour guide pointed out some of the most popular Washington memorials that we all read about. One of my favourite things to see was the Watergate complex.

Our boat ride cost about $18 per person for 45 minutes to an hour. It was worth it. 

The iconic Watergate complex in Georgetown, DC.
The iconic Watergate complex in Georgetown, DC.

Georgetown Is Perfect For Nature Lovers

These beautiful flowers were everywhere in Georgetown.
These beautiful flowers were everywhere in Georgetown.

If you love trees, flowers and nature in general, you’re going to fall in love with Georgetown. There are plenty of colourful flowers and lush trees that will have you pulling out your camera. Make sure you bring an extra memory card. 

The C&O Canal

During our walk through the neighborhood, we stumbled across the C&O Canal, also known as the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. This was the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. 

There’s a beautiful bridge in the area that just adds to the neighbourhood’s charm.

This Bahamian Gyal blogger, Rogan Smith overlooks the C&O Canal in Georgetown, DC.
This Bahamian Gyal blogger, Rogan Smith overlooks the C&O Canal in Georgetown, DC.
There were several swings in the Georgetown area. It was the perfect spot to have lunch and take a breather.
There were several swings in the Georgetown area. It was the perfect spot to have lunch and take a breather.

We ended up sitting there and enjoying lunch. We later sat on a swing that overlooked the canal and spotted a number of fish and frogs swimming. 

One of the things we observed is how many women would walk off on their own near the canal. There is a path that is surrounded by trees and it seems a bit isolated. I wouldn’t recommend walking it alone.

Overall, I enjoyed my time in Georgetown. I know there is still so much to see and I can’t wait to return. 

This Bahamian Gyal blogger, Rogan Smith cools down with an Italian ice in Georgetown.
This Bahamian Gyal blogger, Rogan Smith cools down with an Italian ice in Georgetown.
DC blogger, Rogan Smith of This Bahamian Gyal, swings on a pole in Georgetown, DC.
DC blogger, Rogan Smith of This Bahamian Gyal, swings on a pole in Georgetown, DC.

XOXO,

This Bahamian Gyal

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