WASHINGTON — Daylight saving time begins early Sunday morning, March 11, when clocks move forward one hour at 2 a.m.
Some bars and restaurants will stay open an extra hour that night,
until 4 a.m., due to a special District law. Other attractions, like public golf courses, the national zoo and the grounds of the arboretum take advantage of the extra hour of sunlight later in the day.
You can enjoy your extra evening daylight by staying out later with your skateboard at local skate parks, paddling on the Potomac or Tidal Basin, and more, as the weather warms up throughout the spring.
The sunrise behind the skyline of Washington turns the sky red on the first day of daylight saving time in 2017. Here are some things you will be able to enjoy with the sun setting later. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
AP/J. David Ake
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Anacostia will be open until 5 p.m. starting on April 1. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A number of local skate parks are open until sunset, that means you will have an extra hour starting Sunday, with sunset coming after 7 p.m. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
AP/Haraz N. Ghanbari
Most Americans will set their clocks 60 minutes forward before heading to bed Saturday night, but daylight saving time officially starts Sunday at 2 a.m. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Langston Golf Course near the National Arboretum is open until sunset. That means golfers can get in at least nine holes after work.
Courtesy Golf DC
Enjoy an extra hour of night life Saturday. In Washington, some bars will stay open until 4 a.m. due to the time change at 2 a.m. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
ASSOCIATED PRESS/Jacquelyn Martin
Starting March 20, you can visit the National Arboretum to get a firsthand view of almost forty different types of flowering cherries. Over 100 years ago the first cherry trees were planted in Washington as a symbol of friendship between the United States and Japan. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Paddle boat rentals in the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial usually start in April. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery is a great place to hang out later in the day. The museum is open until 7 p.m. (Courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery)
Courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery
Starting March 15, visit giant panda Mei Xiang and the other animals at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo until 7 p.m. (Skip Brown, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)
Skip Brown, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)
Bartholdi Park is located across the street from the U.S. Botanic Garden near the Capitol. It closes at sunset.
Courtesy United States Botanic Garden
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