DC Summers- The Observation Deck


Summers in Washington, D.C. melt my love affair with the city into a love-hate relationship. On one hand, the city comes to life from June-August with outdoor movies, festivals, and special exhibits. On the other hand, the weather turns hot, muggy, humid, reminding us that the city in fact was once an actual swamp. At least twice, the humidity cracks me shouting, “Why do I live in Washington, D.C.?”

That said, this summer I am determined to avoid melting down. Exploring the city helps. When the weather is pleasant, my family will enjoy the outdoor summer adventures. When it’s unbearable, we’ll retreat inside, still exploring.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll post our favorite summer activities in DC. Since it’s been muggy outside, let’s start with an indoor activity. Recently, Addy and I were invited to tour the new Observation Deck at the CEB Tower in Rosslyn (I know, I rarely venture outside of the DC lines). Since Addy uses every Metro ride to wave at strangers, we jumped on the Orange Line to Rosslyn. Conveniently, the Observation Deck is literally across the street from the Rosslyn Metro.


Once inside the Observation Deck’s lobby, you’ll pay for a ticket. Admittedly, the tickets are steep- $22 for adults and $12 for kids ages 5-13 (kids under 5 are free and if you order online ahead of time, a dollar is shaved off each ticket). Go through security and up the elevator to the top floor of one of Rosslyn’s tallest buildings. The elevator is where Addy came alive. She pressed her nose against the glass as she watched us go higher, higher, and higher.


“Ding, ding.” The elevator doors opened into the highest two floors of the CEB Tower. Addy jumped off the elevator squealing for joy. She immediately started running down the circular path wrapping around the tower preventing dad from reading the many screens spouting out DC history.


Addy ran passed the Rosslyn skyline, Georgetown, the National Mall and all of its monuments, and even the MGM in the National Harbor, a complete 360 view of the DMV. She stopped at the winding staircase and slowly made her up to the actual outside observation deck. This is where dad got a little nervous. The deck is a small patio with glass screens protecting you from falling all the way down. There’s a gap between each glass panel that looks like a very small child could slip through (I am sure it’s not possible due to liability, but still!). With a watchful eye and one hand on Addy’s shirt, I realized my daughter is more brave than I. She stuck her arm out the crack looking out at the best view in the DC area.


There’s a cafe inside that serves a few kids snacks, small plates, and drinks. Between the large open space, the view, the music, and kids snacks, Addy had a blast!

Also, a very heartwarming moment happened when we were there. I chronicle the story on my personal Instagram:

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Our country could follow the lead of little kids. While watching the sun set over DC’s skyline from the Observation Deck (@theviewofdc), a little girl came up to Addy. They looked at each other, smiled, and ran off holding hands without a care about background, political views or family situation. One could love carrots while the other prefers broccoli. They don’t care. There’s no judgement on what they did yesterday, what they think today, or where they’re going tomorrow. Just holding hands, new friends in a country that needs to follow suit. . . . . . . . #exposeddc #fotodc #dctography #mydccool #bythings #walkwithlocals #washingtondc #igdc #rosslynva #dclife #dcliving #instadc #acreativedc #dccitystyle #tinyhuman #mytinymoments #dadlife #parenting #friends #toddlersofinstagram #momlife #observationdeck #districtofcolumbia #dccool #visitwashingtondc #seemycity #exploremore #culturetrip

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