WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: Unexpected snow day on March 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. Schools were closed and children and adults are sledding on the US Capitol lawn.

People tend to complain about the cold, but we rejoice in the beauty of the snow and the time spent at our favorite indoor destinations. Here are five suggestions on how to stay warm and have fun in Washington, DC., no matter the weather.

Catch a Game

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Head to the Verizon Center and see a game from the top-ranked Capitals hockey team and electric Wizards NBA franchise.

Take in a Play

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DC has a revered theater scene offering a unique and cultured night on the town that’s free of chilly winds. From Arlington to Logan Circle to Georgetown, productions both storied and new are on for travelers’ enjoyment throughout the winter. We recommend checking out the year-round political satire The Capitol Steps at the Ronald Reagan Building near the National Mall. Another stellar choice is Between Riverside and Crazy, at the Studio Theatre in Logan Circle through February 28th.

Explore the Museums

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Travel + Leisure readers have crowned DC America’s favorite city for museums, and with little wonder. The Smithsonian’s sixteen museums (eleven on the National Mall alone), the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection are home to everything from the only Da Vinci painting in the Americas to Dorothy’s ruby red slippers. 

Drink

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Backyard patios and roof decks may be closed for the winter, but there are still plenty of cozy and happening nightlife spots to enjoy during your stay. From sweet rum to black tea and winter ales, here are six suggestions for wintertime cocktails to spice up your trip.

Shop for Something Warm

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Many of our favorite places to stay warm in DC have something fun for us to take home. Whether you want to check out beanies and jackets at a brand-name outlet or designer boutique, we can point in the right direction. There are also niche nearby establishments that out-of-towners love to visit like Riverby Books and Eastern Market.