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Old 04-16-2012, 07:10 AM
Location: Bavaria, Germany
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I´ll be visiting DC this May with my mother and sister since my niece is an Au-Pair girl in Bethesda right now. We´ll be staying one week.
I would like to visit neighboohoods besides the Mall & Georgetown and would
like to visit historic Anacostia during the day and maybe there go to the Frederick Douglas House and Anacostia Museum.
Given the Horror stories about Southeast DC in this Forum is this advisable at all?
Also i would like to know if for example the Kenilworth Aquatic gardens are worth visiting, another place I would consider visiting east of Anacostia River.
I´ve been to DC before but only stayed at Dupont Circle, The Mall & Georgetown.
What do you think of walking from Florida Ave/8th street NW to Scott´s circle NW during the night after a club visit?
Better to take a cab?
Many thanks in advance for your advises.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:09 AM
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You'll be fine visiting those places during the day. Even if there were issues, the Douglass House and Anacostia Museum are sort of like separate islands that stand on their own. There's a cool local art gallery next to the Anacostia Museum that's worth checking out as well. The whole house is brightly colored at the T intersection just past the museum. You can't miss it.

You can also walk to Scott Circle from Florida / 8th without a problem. To follow a particularly safe route, just head west down U Street to 14th or 16th before cutting south toward Scott.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:58 AM
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:46 AM
Location: Beautiful and sanitary DC
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The Douglass house is quite worthwhile, IMO -- a beautiful house, a great story, and a fantastic view of the city. Tours are based on timed tickets, so you may have to wait a bit at the visitor center before you get to go inside. I was a bit underwhelmed with the Anacostia Community Museum, but do check their website to see what exhibits are up before you make up your mind.

The Anacostia museum, in particular, is a very long, uphill trudge from Metro, so follow their directions and take the bus instead. Speaking of which, the Douglass house is also at the top of a steep hill, but it's a much shorter walk from Metro.

I haven't been to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens yet, but it's definitely on my summer to-do list.
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:48 PM
Location: Bavaria, Germany
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Thank you, this is useful information. I´ll give you an update after we´ve been to DC.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:15 PM
Location: the wrong side of the tracks Richmond, VA
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Oh Jesus. Want to hire security? I'll escort you. Unless you'd feel like a puss having a scrawny girl follow you around to make sure you're safe.

To what horror stories are you referring? Did you check the date on those posts? You might have some trouble if you decide to tour historic Barry Farm otherwise don't believe the hype, my friend.

I am a single white female living in scary old east of the river and I assure you, it isn't third world Calcutta. In fact, my neighborhood is way quieter than the busy parts of NE or NW on most nights. Just don't be stupid (this goes for ANYWHERE in the city, IMHO) and leave your wallet hanging out of your pocket or anything.

Now... come down here at 3 in the morning looking for drugs and you might have an issue. What you're planning, however, is perfectly safe. Just be forewarned, a lot of cab drivers don't like to come down here so you probably won't have a lot of luck catching a cab back to where you're staying. Write down a cab company phone number and call them early when you're ready to bail on Anacostia just to be safe if you aren't going to walk it or take Metro.

It is a beautiful part of the city and I admire you for wanting to make it a part of your itinerary! If more tourists would follow your lead, maybe this part of town would have a better reputation.

Feel free to PM me if you want more (up-to-date) info on this particular area!
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:59 PM
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by chicagotodc View Post
When I worked for the State Department's international exchange program, I took some foreign visitors to those museums. And we lived to tell the tale. I also was on that side of the river on foot a couple of times with one of the local Hash House Harrier (running/walking/beer drinking) groups. All of these visits were during the day. Never went to the Kenilsowrth Gardens but did go to the Arboretrum, in Northeast.

In the years I lived in the area, the only time I was ever robbed at gunpoint was in the parking lot of a Giant supermarket in Silver Spring. At night. The Florida Avenue/U Street corridors have changed since we left the area in early 2005. I believe there's a lot more nightlife in both now. The traffic and parking would probably dissuade me during our vists, but we're not big night owls, anyway.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:01 AM
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I am a 5' 100 lb female and I walked to/from the Anacostia metro to the museum and was completely fine and felt very safe. It is a bit of a hike from the metro, so I'd probably recommend taking a bus or cab if you aren't into walking/aren't familiar with the area, although doing this walk during the day is completely safe if you're the type who likes walking. The sites that you suggest will have a lot of visitors, and you can always cab it (although like the previous post said, you might have to call for a return cab if there aren't cabs hanging around) if you are concerned about walking around in the neighborhood. While there are bad neighborhoods east of the river, it isn't like the entire area east of the river is a war zone.
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:40 PM
Location: Bavaria, Germany
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I'm thinking of everything and it's also up to the other's (mother and sister )
if we go to Anacostia.
I'll keep you updated.
For example last time i was in DC the city seemed so clean and
nice to me, yet knowing about the crime stats sent me creeps.
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