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7 Indoor Adventures in Arlington

Weather whims don't mean you have to stop the fun. Just the opposite. In Arlington, Virginia, you can go, go, go: May this list be just the beginning of your indoor fun!

1) Earth Treks: You can literally climb the walls at Earth Treks Crystal City Climbing Center with more than 400 roped routes and boulders just begging to be climbed over more than 45,000 square feet.

2) ArtJamz. Paint and sip! Create original art in an authentic and upbeat social art studio and lounge, ArtJamz. Come away with a meaningful souvenir, your own masterpiece oil painting of a capital landmark, with the help of artistic advice from ArtJamz instructors.

DEA Museum
DEA Museum & Visitors Center

3) DEA Museum. Arlington’s DEA Museum and Visitors Center, on the first floor of the Drug Enforcement Administration offices in Pentagon City, traces the steps of the war on drugs throughout history. It’s a great place for visitors 10 and older to learn more about the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

4) Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Fashion Centre is one of the most popular shopping and tourist destinations in the area. The lineup of stores and restaurants includes some of the most sought after names in retail. Avenues of fashion and boulevards of style await, including at Macy’s, Apple, Coach, Michael Kors, Tourneau and Garrett Popcorn Shops.

5) Pentagon Tour. Did you know the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense opens its doors to the public? With advance planning and some background checks, you can receive a 1.49 mile walking tour of the massive building that is like a self-contained city. To sign up for the 60-minute Pentagon building tour, reservations can be requested at the Pentagon website 14 to 90 days in advance.

Shopping in Arlington
Fashion Centre at Pentagon City

6) Theater. Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre, located in Arlington’s Shirlington neighborhood, boasts a mix of blockbuster musicals and edgy dramas, with world-premiere productions each season. America’s premier physical theater, Synetic Theater in Crystal City, brings original, inventive interpretations of Shakespeare and other timeless pieces. Plus, you can catch a film at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, AMC Courthouse Plaza 8, Regal Cinemas Ballston Common Stadium 12 or AMC Shirlington.

7) Arlington Historical Museum. Located in the historic Hume School building, the museum features a free exhibit with Civil War memorabilia and artifacts. Open weekends from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the museum also has the only permanent exhibit from the Arlington Black Heritage Museum.

Author: Kathleen Murphy

Synetic Theater

Premier American physical theater, fusing dynamic art forms such as text, drama, movement, acrobatics, dance and music.

Signature Theatre

Arlington’s Tony Award®-winning theater company known for contemporary and classic musicals and plays.

Arlington Historical Society Museum

Built in 1891 as the Hume School, this is the oldest school building in Arlington County. It now houses the Arlington Historical Museum. The building...