Family Travel Ideas in Washington D.C.

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There are educational experiences everywhere in Washington, D.C. for the family. Pick a Metro station, and it’s likely that there is a museum or monument within walking distance.

Here are a few of the best options for outings in the nation’s capital for the entire brood (Metro stop information is included in parentheses).

National Zoo (Woodley Park/National Zoo Metro stop): Located in the upper northwest corner of Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, or “National Zoo” for short, is a massive, 163-acre park that features, among other exhibits, the panda Tai Shan. Like all Smithsonian exhibits, admission to the park is free.

Campus Tours
(various Metro stops): Eventually your young kids will be young adults, so get some practice in school-shopping now. Its never too early to get your kids interested in education and in Washington, D.C., many of the nicest plots of land are owned by universities. Georgetown, American and Howard in particular are truly beautiful. Take a family trip to admire both the landscape and architecture.

Air and Space Museum (Smithsonian): The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum often features the most interactive exhibits, so the kids will have things to look at and touch. More than six million people visit the museum every year, and, like all Smithsonians, the museum is free to the public.

Rock Creek Park (Woodley Park, Dupont Circle or U Street): One of the largest urban parks in America, Rock Creek Park features Meridian Hill Park, the Battleground National Cemetery and the Old Stone House. Relics and monuments aside, Rock Creek is the most naturally-beautiful area in Washington, D.C and perfect for a mid-day family picnic.

Washington Nationals
(Navy Yard): No matter what the team's position is in the National League East, the team's stadium is a jewel. Opened in 2008, the 42,000-seat park is in southeast Washington, D.C. has gotten raves from fans, even when the team's performance on the field hasn't. The little ones will be amused by the racing President mascots.

National Mall (Smithsonian): Just because everyone else does it, doesn't make it bad. Lined by Smithsonian museums and bookended by the Capitol Building and Washington Monument, the Mall is the center of the most powerful political city in the world. It also hosts two of the largest events in America: Fireworks on the fourth of July and the Presidential Inauguration.
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