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Washington DC Top Ten


Hello November!  I can’t believe Halloween was last night. I loved seeing all the costumes and trying to guess costumes, usually I have no clue.  Our pirate and Alex Morgan had a successful evening trick or treating! Speaking of success, my sister in law rocked her first marathon in Washington DC this weekend.  Kyle and I had the joy of being able to go watch and run with her.  It was a beautiful day to be in DC.  If I could run another marathon this might be the one.  So much to see, lots of spectators and great places for spectators to hang out while waiting.  I enjoyed some time hanging out in the Smithsonian Castle and the Air and Space museum as I waited for her to hit mile 18. I enjoyed wondering around it gave me a chance to think how much I overlook what there is to do in Washington DC.  So to inspire near and far I put together a list of things to do in DC.

Washington DC is filled with so much to explore. While many of you may have visited Washington DC, this list may spark something new.   With the holidays quickly approaching you may be having out of town guests and/or your kids are out of school and you are looking for something to do. Take a trip to our nation’s capital and explore something new.  There is so much history and culture to enrich your kids understanding of our beautiful country.

Top 10

  • Mount Vernon// Our First President, George Washington, lived in this beautiful plantation house situated on the Potomac River. If you are looking for more adventure after visiting Mount Vernon bike or walk along the Mount Vernon trail that travels along the Potomac to Alexandria.

  • National Mall// Not a shopping mall but a grassy park area that is home to the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, US Capitol, the White House and surrounded by numerous museums and other monuments.  The National Mall is also part of the National Park system with several junior ranger activities.  There is plenty to do here, plan on spending the day exploring.

  • Smithsonian Museums// Did you know 11 out of the 19 Smithsonian museums, galleries, gardens, a zoo and even a castle are located in Washington DC and they are all free to visit.  Who knew!?! I highly recommend visiting https://www.si.edu/visit/kids to see what museum fits your family. Some of my top picks for kids are the Air and Space Museum, Natural History and the Zoo.

  • Cruise the Potomac// Rest your feet from all the walking around and see the city from a different view point.  Its particularly beautiful during the Spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.

  • International Spy Museum// Who doesn’t like being a detective, see 50-years’ worth of technology from all over the world.  Make sure to check out the current exhibit on James Bond.

  • Tour the White House// Yes, you can tour the White House but it does take some planning, you have to contact your local congressman expressing you would like to tour.  It must be done at least 21 days advance but not more than 3 months.

  • Go on a tour// Yes, this city is chalked full of history and guides are here to show you around by bike, bus, foot, Segway, etc.  If you can think of a tour you want, Washington DC has it!

  • Indulge// Good food is everywhere, and any type of ethnicity can be found.  Washington DC is truly a melting pot for different cultures. 

  • Explore the surrounding towns// Georgetown and Alexandria are charming towns located right outside the city.  There you can find shopping, parks, good food and so much more. 

  • Leave the car behind…// Parking can be a nightmare.  Take the metro in, explore by foot or bike.  My kids love taking public transportation when traveling because we don’t get to do it at home.

Washington DC is full of family friendly activities that will certainly enrich any age.  Take a few days to go explore and encourage out of town friends and family to come visit.