Things to Do with Family in Washington DC
With its monuments, memorials and museums, there is an abundance of things to see in Washington DC. It’s one of the most visited cities in the USA, offering unique attractions, historical sights, exceptional dining and shopping. When you’re planning out your vacation to our nation’s capital, make sure to include these family friendly things to do.
Explore the National Zoo
What better place to take the family than a zoo? And when it comes to zoos, DC has it all and so much more. Your children will be wowed by more than 400 different animal species on its 163-acres. And since it’s part of the Smithsonian Institution, admission is free! Be sure to visit the giant pandas, lions, giraffes, tigers, monkeys, sea lions and much more.
Take Flight at the National Air & Space Museum
There’s nothing more intriguing than space travel and at the National Air & Space Museum you and your family can view the largest collection of air and spacecraft in the world. Children and adults of all ages are awed by the larger than life exhibits, the IMAX films and planetarium shows. And because it’s part of Smithsonian, admission is free.
See Abraham Lincoln’s Hat at National Museum of American History
Original artifacts from American History and Culture that date back centuries are not rare at this special museum. Here, you’ll be able to view more than 3 million of them, some dating back to the War of Independence. In their vast array of exhibits, people of all ages can see the original Star-Spangled Banner, The White House copy of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and other national treasures.
See the Sights by Land & Sea
One of the most unique sightseeing experiences you’ll ever have, the DC Ducks takes you on a land and sea adventure through Washington DC. Board the authentically restored WWII amphibious vehicle and get ready for excitement. You’ll tour the streets of DC and then plunge right into the Potomac River for a boat tour around the Jefferson Memorial. It’s a fun-filled family experience you won’t want to miss.
Show Them the Money
See how real money is printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The Bureau was set up in 1862 and was moved to its current location in 1914. During the tour, you and your family will witness United States’ currency being printed, stacked, cut and examined. It’s a fascinating look at the process and a great learning experience for people of all ages. Tours take place every 15 minutes and are free but you do need to get a ticket ahead of time.
See the Tidal Basin
If you visit in the spring, you’ll be treated to the magnificent Cherry Blossoms surrounding this scenic man-made inlet that sits just next to the Potomac River. If it’s warm, rent a paddleboat and let the kids do all the paddling! You’ll enjoy gorgeous views of the Jefferson Memorial on the south bank, the FDR Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which are adjacent to the Tidal Basin.
Get a Bird’s Eye View of DC
One of the most recognized landmarks in Washington DC, the Washington Monument, is truly a sight not to be missed. If you can, take the elevator to the top and check out the spectacular view of the city. Children love being all the way at the top and the view includes awesome vistas of the Lincoln Memorial, The White House, and more.
Build Skyscrapers at the National Building Museum
For an abundance of cool hands-on activities, head to the National Building Museum. In the Great Hall, they can do arch construction, bridge design, witness the flying of expertly designed paper airplanes, and even participate in egg drop competitions. There’s something for everyone at this unique museum–including tween, teen and young adult exhibits as well as many hands-on activities.