One thing that excited us about Washington D.C., aside from the fantastic deal on airfare, was that many of the museums around the city are free. That’s right – FREE! If you’re looking for a fun and educational trip for your family, the abundance of things to do in D.C. may just be right for you. Here are are 3 of our favorites from our short trip to Washington.
1 – The Museum of Natural History
I’ll be honest, I didn’t think that this museum would be anywhere near the top of my list, let alone our favorite. We’ve been to other natural history museums, and they always seemed to be more of a flop for our son than a win. HOWEVER – the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is engaging, interactive, and really fun! Each exhibit is beautifully created and we spent hours looking through everything. For Brayden, the hall of human origins was the most exciting, as he’s been studying that at home!
2 – The Air and Space Museum
This place was pretty cool, even for the adults! We were able to explore the history of flight and space travel and enjoy the many models of planes and shuttles! At the end of our visit we decided to add on a virtual reality ride, which was not free, and we had a blast! Any child who enjoys flight and space will love this museum.
3 – Walking “The Mall”
The Mall is a long strip of grass and paths, surrounded by monuments, memorials, and many of the museums. Even if your children are too young for the war memorials, they can still enjoy being outside and taking a lovely walk, as well as be wowed by many of the structures. With trees and ponds to view, too, walking the mall can be a fun day for all ages.
Other things we enjoyed
- The Library of Congress
- The Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tour
- The American Art Museum
- A Washington Nationals Baseball Game
- A Washington Capitals Hockey Game
Have you been to Washington D.C. with your family? If there’s anything you loved that isn’t listed here, please comment below!