760 The Kennedy Center - Opera House Tips
- Dressy 5
- Formal 1
- Take public transit 5
- Parking is expensive 2
- Arrive early 2
- Food and drinks for purchase 4
- Dine before you go 3
Parking is too expensive for this venue. Better - Metro and shuttle. even if you have to leave earlier since the Metro is so unreliable these days.
The weather was getting cold! but the shuttle took care of that problem!. I wore dressy - not formal. Many people were dressed up festive etc. .
eat across the street; use valet parking for $10 plus tip or park in that garage for $12. Easy breeze in and out!
Sign on to the parking pre-order site to save $3 off the $23 parking fee. https://www.kennedycenterparking.com/
Can get discount parking coupon on line for Kennedy Center. Save $3.00
KC cafeteria is horrible. Cafeteria with real restaurant $prices. Go over to Watergate and find pizza/salad place or hotel rest.for a bit more upscale. KC should be ashamed of itself for their "offerings".
Or, add your own...
Cabs are hard to get, unless you are first in line.
The Kennedy Center is a very expensive venue for what they serve you. Eat and drink before you go!
I wore jeans and a shirt.
Attended a show post Orlando Gay Club massacre. Security was in full force inside and outside the Kennedy Center. It may be a bit surprising to see neon-vested, gun-toting security personnel but I did feel really safe.
Limited seating inside the Center but on a nice-weather day, seating outside is gorgeous
The weather was warm outside, cooler indoors. I wore dress jacket during the show, the air is very cool in the theatre itself.
We had a very nice dinner at the KC cafe at the Kennedy Center before the show.
Don't count on getting a taxi cab afterwards. They were giving priority pick-up to Uber & private cars. I would recommend the Foggy Bottom shuttle & taking the Metro if you can.
Avoid the garage at the KenCen at all costs: a rip-off. At the very least, park at the garage next door for $12. If you can't take the Metro to GW (and then the free shuttle to the KenCen), you can try parking on the street NEAR the Metro and then jumping on the bus. And then you can get a bite to eat before (or after).
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Unless you are in excellent health, just go ahead and pay the $23 for parking in the Kennedy Center. Even the closest alternative at the Watergate is a long-ish walk, uphill, in the cold. If Metro is convenient for you and you are not in a rush, that, with the shuttle bus to the Kennedy Center, is the best option.
I don't mind paying for convenience so I just paid for parking at The Kennedy Center which was $20. I paid ahead online and saved $3 and had a guaranteed spot.
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Parking for $12 or under at Watergate or around the corner from the restaurant , or take Metro, if you don't mind the after rush hour longer wait for trains
The weather was Windy. I wore dress stocking and boots.