A family vacation in Washington, DC

Our family likes to have a good adventure while on vacation, especially when most of the activities are free or inexpensive. With adorable neighborhoods, toy shops, diverse cuisine, and a safe public transportation system, Washington, DC is rich in history, education, and unique experiences for an adventurous family vacation.

The city is divided into four quadrants with the National Mall of Monuments in the middle. The southeast Capitol Hill neighborhood has a convenient three-line subway station, shops, restaurants, and a nearby Farmer’s Market. The adorable row of houses and the beautiful scenery have qualified this area as safe, clean and family friendly. With several Airbnb options nearby, breakfast at The Pretzel Bakery is a must.

Most of your spending in Washington, DC is usually spent on transportation. After a very steep learning curve, the subway system is safe, well lit, and easy to use. Unlimited passes take the stress out of the subway and let you zip around town efficiently. For quick trips around the mall, Uber/Lyft and taxis will get you where you’re going for a higher fee. Passes can be purchased online, before your trip, or in person at a train station.

The National Mall itself is just under two miles from the Capitol at the Lincoln Memorial. For the little ones, the walk can be tiring. Scooters and bicycles are available for rent throughout the city; download the Bird or Lime apps in advance. One of my favorite parts of vacationing in DC is scootering around the landmarks with my husband and family.

If you’re up for the hike, the Steven Hazy Udvar Center is a hidden museum located next to Dulles Airport. For airplane enthusiasts, the Space Shuttle Discovery calls the Hazy Center home. DC’s Smithsonian Museums and Monuments are all free and don’t require reservations, with the exception of visiting the Washington Monument and the famous International Spy Museum. The Natural History Museum, National Archives, and African American History Museum are a few of our family favorites.

Plan ahead and contact your congressman or wife for possible Capitol and White House tours. The Library of Congress, Smithsonian Zoo, and Washington Monument require advance reservations online or available same day.

Take a break from free museums and monuments and explore the beautiful waterfront area of ​​The Wharf. Dock swings, boats, finer restaurants and shops fill the newly constructed dock area. For shopping and delicious dining, Logan Circle and Union Station are packed with trendy shops and restaurants. Ice Cream Jubilee at Logan Circle will leave you wanting more!

A trip to DC involves a lot of walking, and young children under 6 may struggle. Planning a route is helpful and using the map app on your phone for subway timetables is a lifesaver. Bags are checked in almost every place you enter, so pack more light and have a good pair of walking shoes. For keepsakes and trinkets, White House Gifts on 15th Street will fill your shopping cart with treasured souvenirs from an adventurous DC family vacation.

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