Exploring: Georgetown Waterfront Park
Georgetown is top on my list of shopping, eating, and people-watching destinations, but not usually in the “kid friendly category”. The busy, narrow sidewalks, steps up into business, and tight maneuverability in most stores makes it tough for families to tote kids around the main street on a regular basis. Doable, just a little tricky.
So when I heard about the new Georgetown Waterfront Park, I couldn’t wait to check it out. Water? Check. Open space? Check. Grassy picnic areas? Check. How much more kid friendly can you get?
We headed over this week with Ethan’s buddy Quinn (and my buddy Kristan) to make sure we didn’t miss this awesome attraction before it closed for the season. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the boys were ready for the water fun. As we walked down Wisconsin Ave Ethan caught sight of the fountain and proceeded to freak out. “Wa wahhhhhhh! Wa wahhhhhh!” he shouted from his stroller while pointing at the high-arching sprays.
After battling his flailing, excited body into some swim trunks, Ethan was off. Quinn joined him in staring in disbelief at the awesomeness.
It’s really just a public park—just a city park with benches and pathways and a huge fountain on the West edge of Georgetown, along the Potomac river. People were sitting outside the sprays, eating lunch and reading. We could see ducks and kayakers gliding by in the river. But the boys, I’m sure, would disagree. To them, it was a water wonderland.
See Ethan? He found it extremely entertaining to walk between those huge platers that act as a border between the river path and the fountain. He just went back and forth. And see the snack cup? He sometimes needs it as a “security blanket”. He got kind of nervous about all the water and begged for it. I really did help to boost his confidence. Is it bad he’s already stress eating?
Older kids ran right into the archs of water, no fear. Our boys were more timid and it took them a bit to warm up to the idea. I ran through the arch with each of the boys—Quinn voluntarily, Ethan more reluctantly.
Good thing I came ready to get soaked!
Quinn, being a little older (just over two) eventually took the plunge through the biggest, baddest sprays. Ethan continued to be shy but enjoyed himself, splashing and walking around in the water.
The Peanut finally had enough and took off to explore the immaculate green space. The plan was to picnic, but once the boys were dry and changed we decided to head up to M Street for some lunch. Dean & Deluca’s patio fit the bill but was a little to close to an irresistible Georgetown treat…
If you haven’t had a Georgetown Cupcake (also known as “DC Cupcake“, the show on TLC), you need to stop by, preferably on a weekday. On weekends and evenings there are lines around the block to get into this tiny shop. Usually if I’m there during the week I come home with a box of the decadent little treats, but this day I ordered only one…it took some restraint.
I don’t know how they do it, but their frosting is a perfect light and airy mix between cream cheese and buttercream. I’m the a very picky cupcake purist—usually just going for the simple flavor combinations like chocolate cake with vanilla frosting—and these always please the palate. I think they are the best cupcakes in DC Metro.
If you are planning a trip to the Georgetown Waterfront Park, take a change of clothes, towel, water shoes, and some sunscreen. During the week, street parking is easy to find. The meters take change, credit cards, or phone-in payment, and give you two hours. If you have trouble, there is an incredibly overpriced garage right on Wisconsin (between M and the river). I avoid it like the plague and usually have luck finding other options.
Suggested street parking is marked in pink, the fountain is marked by the orange blob.
There are a few more things to tick off our “summer fun” list and we don’t have a lot more time! Labor Day means the end of most pools and spray parks so we’ll be spending more time at the backyard water table.
Good thing I’m 100% ready for fall to begin…bring on the cool weather, colorful leaves, and pumpkin patches!! I’m done with the heat.