Washington DC is known as the hub for politics, there are so many amazing things to discover in every nook and cranny of the city. Whether you consider yourself a foodie, a brew enthusiast, an art connoisseur, or a nature junkie, this city will never cease to amaze you, no matter which neighborhood you live in.
Many people don’t know that you don’t have to confine your fun with the kids to playgrounds and children’s museums. We have our list of favorite “unusual” things to do with the kids in Washington DC.
Go Swimming in the Great Potomac River
When the summer sun is out, there is no better way to enjoy the weather and see the city than by taking advantage of the river. The Potomac River lies on the outskirts of D.C. and neighboring areas. Kayak or paddleboard down the river, passing monuments, and the Kennedy Center. Pack a picnic and layout on the grass at Gravelly Point along the river as planes landing at Reagan National Airport zoom above you. The kids will get some fresh air and sunshine, and you can work on your tan.
For adult fun, grab a group of friends for a night out and take your party to the water on a boat cruise along the river for a night to remember!
Stroll the Mall with a Purpose
The National Mall is every tourist’s first stop in D.C., but it’s also excellent for a family exercise outing. The stretch of long open grass returns freshness into the bustling city and is perfect for walking, picnics, and playing frisbee. It will also lead you to some of the nation’s most celebrated monuments, the Lincoln Monument and the Washington Monument. Find a summer festival and attend to really hone in on something you love and avoid the hordes of tourists for a more local bent.
See a Live Show
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Kennedy Center for short) is a performing arts venue in Washington DC. that sits along the Potomac River. Find your favorite off-Broadway plays and dance performances here. The Kennedy Center is also well known for its Kennedy Center Honors event, where significant contributors to art, comedy, and music are honored for their lifelong achievements. This is a chance for your children to see first-rate entertainment without traveling to New York.
Immerse Yourself in History
Learning is fun again with all the elaborate, engaging museums to visit in the city. Many of the Smithsonian museums are free and can easily fill up a day – or week – of your schedule. Relatively new to the museum lineup, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture is drawing in people from all over the country. What an excellent chance to educate your children on the African American experience. The impressive museum is hard to miss with its upside-down pyramid shape and bronze exterior. You will easily need two days to soak in the whole museum.
The list goes on and on for inspiring museums worth visiting in the city – so find what piques your interest.
Uncover ruins at Theodore Roosevelt Island
You might think you’ve left the city for good once you float out to Theodore Roosevelt Island, but this nature haven is just another aspect that makes D.C. so special. The island, located on the Potomac River, was actually planned and specially crafted but now brings some much-needed peace into the nation’s capital. Escape to the island and enjoy a day of family fun and exercise.
From the official website:
“In the 1930s, landscape architects transformed Mason’s Island from neglected, overgrown farmland into Theodore Roosevelt Island, a memorial to America’s 26th president. They conceived a “real forest” designed to mimic the natural forest that once covered the island. Today miles of trails through wooded uplands and swampy bottomlands honor the legacy of a great outdoorsman and conservationist.”
Help Your Child Become a Connoisseur of the Burgeoning Foodie Scene
D.C. might be rooted in our nation’s history, but the food and drink scene is revamping the city. With so many rich cultures living in D.C., international cuisine is flooding the city. Of course, there are some D.C. staples that you have to try to check off your list, like Georgetown Cupcakes, made famous on DC Cupcakes, and Ben’s Chili Bowl, where former President Obama could often be found.
But fine dining doesn’t stop at just cupcakes and chili. Nearly any cuisine or unique food experience can be found in D.C., and you will rarely come across a meal that can’t become a new adventure for your or your child.
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