Washington needs no introduction as a political powerhouse but the capital city is also an excellent place to explore with your kids with so many museums and other attractions available.
Here are some pointers for families heading to Washington on how to keep the kids happy and entertained, including the obvious attractions of the Smithsonian, why Rock Creek should be on your must-see list, plus a good way of getting the gets involved with nature in the area.
What’s not to like?
You can soon eat into your vacation budget if you are paying for everyone to get into an attraction, which is why the Smithsonian is a real no-brainer because you can enter the museums and even the zoo for free.
The savings will soon stack up when you can wander around places like the National Air and Space Museum, which will keep little fans of rockets and spacemen happy for hours, plus the Natural History Museum for dinosaur thrills aplenty.
If you check into somewhere like the Marriott Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill you will be well placed to visit these free attractions and take in many of the iconic monuments on display around the city too.
Get down to Rock Creek
It is always a good idea to let your kids use up some of that boundless energy by running around outside and getting some fresh air in their lungs which is why a visit to Rock Creek National Park would be an excellent idea.
Not only will they have plenty of space to run around and enjoy the nature that quickly transports you away from a city environment but the added bonus is the fact that the National Zoo is set within the grounds of the park.
As the zoo is part of the Smithsonian admission is free. It won’t cost you family anything to get inside and see all the big favorites like elephants, giraffes, lions, orangutans, and pandas.
Sign them up as a Junior Ranger
If you are keen for the children to learn about the nation’s historical past when visiting Washington a great way of doing that would be to sign them to the city’s junior ranger program before you get there.
The National Park Service runs the junior ranger programs and they can learn about nature as well as getting involved in other activities, such as being able to take a trip to the top of the Washington Monument.
You will need to obtain some free assigned tickets to book your slot and that will then give you all the chance to ride the elevator to the top of the memorial and take in one of the most impressive views of the capital.
You could easily fill your time in Washington with visits to the many free museums and attractions available and there will never be a dull moment, with barely enough time to get that iconic photo of the family standing with the famous White House building in the background.