Get ready for fall by spending an afternoon at Nationals Park down at the Navy Yard. The Nats are on a hot streak, and so are the hot dogs!
September is here, and autumn is quickly making its way into D.C. This fall is going to be a bit more exciting here in the capital as the Nationals play their way into the playoffs. What better way to spend the last warm nights of the summer and early fall than by going to a game night at Nationals Park in the Capitol Riverfront. Get to the riverfront early and enjoy this new and developing area. There’s a lot to see, eat, and drink before you make your way to the park.
Hop on the green line, and get off at the Navy Yard Metro stop to get to the center of this bustling neighborhood. If you’re looking for a way to kill some time before the game, don’t fret -- there are restaurants, bars, and breweries on every corner. Check out Gordon Biersch, a restaurant and brewery that has won several awards for its beer. The staff is great and always looking to help pick out a beer for you to try. If you want to reminisce about spring and summer, try the Palm Beach IPA -- the Nationals' unofficial spring training beer. It has a meridian hop aroma and a noticeably dry hop finish. For a decent price, you can load up on appetizers and some beers before you head into the park.
Not a fan of beer? You do live in the city that drinks the most Rosé, so check out this Miami-themed bar – the Rosé Garden at Whaley’s. With Miami décor that will have you feeling like you’re in South Beach while sipping 10 different kinds of rosé, this lush garden is the perfect city getaway, and it’s right on the riverfront. Enjoy some light food with your drinks, and watch the sunset.
Are you ready for the game yet? Nationals Park has been rated one of the top baseball parks in the country for a few years now. With 121 food options in the park, it may take you a couple trips to get through all the options. "See. You. Tater" is a staple at the park, featuring tot towers with meats and cheeses from all over. Looking for a more classic D.C. taste? Try D.C.’s own Ben’s Chili Bowl -- everything you love about this city institution all in one place. Try the world-famous chili, the fries, the hot dogs; you don’t get much more D.C. than this!
Luckily, the Nationals are playing some of their best baseball in years, so if you hang around long enough, you're bound to catch some Nats fever! The area surrounding the park gets pretty hectic after games, so I don't recommend trying to Uber or Lyft. The Metro is your best bet, or you can also try out Capitol Bikeshare stations around the park. Whichever way you choose to get home, be sure to take in all the sights and sounds of the riverfront at night. It's great living in D.C. in the fall.
What are your favorite things to eat or drink at Nationals Park? We'd love to hear you thoughts in the comments!