If you’re in the mid-Atlantic region, visiting our nation’s capital should be high on your list. It’s a small place with a lot to see and do.
Our recommendations? If your kids are into trains, and you’re into a little bit of stress, ride the metro, just for fun. Also, if you get a chance to go in the early spring when the cherry trees are in bloom (usually at the very end of March/beginning of April), everything will look that much more beautiful.
Visit the capital building and the white house, and just walk the mall to admire the many beautiful monuments, which also happen to be rich with meaning. For many families, some will be especially important or interesting, such as the Lincoln and MLK memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the WW2 Memorial, or the Pentagon Memorial. Wait till your children are a bit older to visit the Holocaust Museum or the Arlington Cemetery. These are rich experiences that young children do not have the tact or wisdom to appreciate quite yet.
The National Zoo as well as the Smithsonian Museum are free and fabulous for your little ones (and you) to enjoy. Both are BIG and you could easily spend an entire day exploring each one. Walking through all of these attractions will tire you and your little ones out, and give you all an opportunity to learn and have fun at the same time.