Explore all the best things to do in Arlington, VA, from The Westin Arlington Gateway. Our hotel positions you near the most exciting attractions, landmarks, restaurants, shopping malls and entertainment venues in the area. Explore the Arlington National Cemetery or visit the Smithsonian Institution. Reach downtown D.C. in minutes from the Ballston Metro Station, located just two blocks from our Arlington hotel. Enjoy easy access from our hotel to Marymount and George Mason Universities, Pentagon City, and so much more. Even the White House is just a Metro ride or a short drive away. Review our list of things to do in Arlington, VA, and start planning your weekend getaway today.
The Top Things to Do in Arlington, VA
Kettler Capitals Iceplex
Arlington, VA | 0.2 miles away
This is the highest ice rink above street-level in the United States. Kettler Capitals Iceplex is located on the eighth floor atop the parking garage adjoining the Ballston Common Mall. Enjoy public skating, lessons and summer camps. Kettler Capitals Iceplex is the practice arena of the Washington Capitals.
Arlington, VA | 2 miles away
Explore the many nightlife and dining options in nearby Clarendon. Located just two miles from our Arlington, VA, hotel, this is a prime gathering place. Clarendon features everything from Whole Foods to Starbucks™, upscale restaurants and music venues on Wilson Boulevard. It's a popular hot spot among the locals in our Northern Virginia neighborhood.
Upton Hill Regional Park
Arlington, VA | 2.5 miles away
Escape to Upton Hill Regional Park this weekend for fun and adventure. The park offers many things to do, from its large outdoor waterpark to its miniature golf course, baseball and softball cages.
Arlington, VA | 3 miles away
Enjoy an array of arts programs at Artisphere. From contemporary visual art to live music, theatre, new media, film and dance - you can find it all at Artisphere. Admission is normally free, but they do offer special events which will require that you purchase tickets.
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA | 4.5 miles away
Three million people visit Arlington National Cemetery annually. It is a national landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Situated across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial, this national treasure opens its gates daily at 8AM for visitors. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a major attraction and sits atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. | 6 miles away
The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.
East Potomac Park & Hains Point
Arlington, VA | 6 miles away
Located between the Washington Channel and the Potomac River on the south side of the Tidal Basin, the park features many things to do and see such as Washington's famous cherry trees, terrific views of the city and biking, running, fishing and picnicking. Public facilities include golf courses (including an 18-hole course, two 9-hole courses, and a driving range), a mini-golf course, a playground, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, picnic facilities, and a recreation center.
Washington, D.C. | 6.2 miles away
Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Among the Smithsonian's most famous items are the Hope Diamond and the Ruby Slippers. The Smithsonian also has a large number of traveling exhibitions.
Washington, D.C. | 6.5 miles away
One of the top things to do in Washington, D.C., the Newseum's 250,000-square-foot news museum offers visitors a state-of-the-art experience that blends news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.