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5. Oddball Day


Be a spy in D.C., then break for lunch at Café Atlantico.   

Slip into your best Jack Bauer impression with the International Spy Museum’s Spy in the City program, which launched this year ($14). Participants get earphones and a GPS unit, which beams out instructions, codes, and audio clips as you walk around the city and try to stop a terrorist plot out to destroy D.C.! Celebrate your heroics nearby with lunch at El Bulli alum José Andrés’s Café Atlantico or or snack at the adjoining MiniBar. After lunch, tour the newly renovated Ford’s Theatre Museum, where interactive-media exhibits are presented with artifacts like John Wilkes Booth's fateful Derringer. The theater's fall season begins in September, with Frank Higgins’s dramatic musical Black Pearl Sings.

*Correction: The original version of this story suggested that minibar by José Andrés was easily accessible. The restaurant takes reservations one month in advance.


Published on Aug 6, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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