Washington D.C. has a plethora of museums and attractions that will keep your family busy for days. However, many of the popular places to visit may not be the best options for kids. To help you plan a vacation that everyone will enjoy, we’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in Washington DC with kids.
International Spy Museum
Established in 2002, the International Spy Museum is dedicated to all things related to espionage and features the largest collection of international spy artifacts currently on public display. Visitors of all ages will enjoy learning about the history of spies as well as the tools and skills required to work clandestinely. Stop by the International Spy Museum store and experience the only museum of its kind in the United States.
White House Visitors Center
A stop by the White House Visitors Center is a must-do while you’re visiting the nation’s capital. Inside, you’ll find a replica Oval Office as well as kid-friendly exhibits about the history of the White House and its inhabitants. Don’t forget a camera to take pictures of the White House itself located nearby.
National Air and Space Museum
One of the most popular Smithsonian museums, the Air and Space Museum is perfect for kids of all ages; among the interactive exhibits is How Things Fly, illustrating the mechanics of popular flight. Kids can also visit with Kermit the Frog in the Treasures of American History section. The museum also contains an IMAX theater and a planetarium.
United States Botanical Gardens
The United States Botanic Gardens are located on the grounds of the United States Capitol, and home to an array of bright foliage, a butterfly garden and even beekeeping classes. For kids, the Children’s Garden features an imaginative courtyard and unique opportunities for learning about the natural world. If you’re interested in gardening tips or taking a look into the world of carnivorous plants, the U.S. Botanic Gardens are a creative, green space for families to enjoy.
Lincoln Memorial Complex
Washington, DC is home to many famous monuments and memorials. Hop off at Stop #10 with your family and visit the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial and WWII Memorial. If you can’t fit in a tour of the monuments during the day, try our Monuments by Moonlight tour to see them fully illuminated at night.
National Museum of American History
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of American History is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the United States and home to an impressive collection of artifacts and stories. Journey to the second floor to see the original Star Spangled Banner Flag or check out Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the eclectic and memorable assortment of artifacts from the nation’s past and present.
National Museum of Natural History
The National Museum of Natural History is one of the most popular and entertaining museums in Washington, DC. Kids love the dinosaur exhibit and the Orkin Insect Zoo, among many other interactive displays. The museum also contains an IMAX theater featuring engaging films on an enormous IMAX screen.
The National Zoo is a favorite family-oriented attraction in the city. About 2,000 animals from 400 different species can be found at the National Zoo, including giant pandas, Asian elephants, gorillas and lions. Make the most of your time in the city by visiting this free attraction.