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“Kennedy Center Marathon”

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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US$95.00*
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Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour
Ranked #26 of 432 things to do in Washington DC
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Warrenton, Virginia, United States
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“Kennedy Center Marathon”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

The Kennedy Center is a nice place to visit and if I were wealthy I wouldn't mind living there or somewhere in the neighborhood. I found a deal on Groupon for a matinee to Matt Bournes' Sleeping Beauty in November of 2013. I arrived early to snap a few photos and discovered that Kathleen Battle was performing with Cyrus Chestnut that evening so I couldn't resist splurging on an Orchestra seat for the once in a lifetime opportunity to see the pair perform Something to Sing About in the Eisenhower Theater. The KC is a complex of stages with three or four choices of entertainment on any given day of the week. The Millenium Stage brags a free live performance everyday of the year in the evenings before performances on the main stages. I caught a free performance in the Atrium that day at 6PM of Modern Dance to electronic music. There are some of the best views of Washington, DC from the patios and restaurants. I have never dined in the "fancy" restaurant but it gets good reviews from local foodies and critics. There is also a cafeteria style dining area on the roof and a research library. There are not many "bargains" at the Kennedy Center and it is a nonprofit with outreach programs and educational experiences for people of all ages. This is live theater at its ultimate reaches and no day at this institution is the same including the sunsets. It was built in the 70's and criticized for resembling a tissue box and aptly so because some of the performances I have attended will bring you to tears and standing ovations.

Visited November 2013
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“Lion King with the beat of Africa!”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

Lions, exotic birds, drum beats and the philosophy of life...fills your soul with happiness and your heart sings with joy. Make sure you visit the balcony located outside with the beautiful fountains. Take a tour of the gift shop, it is a live art museum. The snacks are also available, nicely presented, have a great time and have lots of fun, enjoy where you are in life, visiting JFK's statue...such a memorable photo, if you stand close enough, you can have both faces in the photo, you and JFK. Wow. Don't forget to listen to the soundtrack...of The LION KING...

Visited June 2014
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“Mongolian Throat Singers”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

We had the pleasure of listening to a free concert of the Mongolian Throat singers who were in town for the Smithsonian festival. Apparently, there is a free concert every night. The hallways are decorated with flags from every state and every nation. You can get a great view of DC from the terrace overlooking the Potomac.

Visited July 2014
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“Check this off the bucket list!”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

I attended a production in the Eisenhower Theatre. This structure houses several theatres and stages for public performances. Every day, there is a concert that the Center broadcasts via internet free of charge, bringing the arts to the masses. The Hall of States and Hall of Countries is impressive with the flags, chandeliers and vastness. The sound and seating quality in the Eisenhower was fantastic. The staff was courteous and helpful. The outdoors overlooks the Potomac and has water features, making for great photo opportunities. It is also engraved with some JFK quotes. Nice evening!

Visited July 2014
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Brooklyn, New York
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“Nice surprise”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

The Kennedy center has free concerts every night - what a wonderful surprise. If you come back the next morning, you can get a free tour of the center - so beautiful!! Definitely a must see!!

Visited July 2014
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