As a family residing in the DC area for decades, we know that Washington was a backwater city until the opening of the Kennedy Center. Suddenly culture came to us in a dramatic and affordable way in a lovely setting on the Potomac River. We regularly attend operas, theater performances and concerts.
While visitors to Washington would not likely have The Kennedy Center on their list of places to visit, I strongly recommend that visitors -- Americans and foreignors alike -- finish their day here. Why? As many of the sites close by 5pm, every day at 6pm The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage hosts a free performace for an hour of a visiting group. I recall seeing the wonderful Norwegian Girls Choir performing there before we saw an Opera. The Girls Choir was free, and better than the expensive opera we saw!
If you visit for a performance at 6, be sure to see the famous statue of JFK and take a stroll outside on the veranda to look at the Potomac and Roosevelt Island. We always make a point of coming here in late October to see the island fall colors.
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