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The Best Things To Do In Washington DC With Kids

The Best Things To Do In Washington DC With Kids

If you are headed to the nation’s capital, check out our list for the best things to do in Washington DC with kids!

Washington DC is not just the nation’s capital. It is a super family friendly travel destination. There are so many fun things to do with kids in DC, you could easily spend a week or more! The fact that there are so many options for kids of all ages and families with all kinds of budgets, means your family will have a blast in DC!

Read on for our favorite picks for the best things to do in Washington DC with Kids!

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40+ FREE Things to Do With Kids in DC

One of the best things about visiting Washington DC is that there are so many activities that are absolutely FREE! Check out these fun activities.. there are more than 40 FREE ideas!

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national zoo in DC

Go see the panda, the gorillas and orangutan, the big cats, and more! The National Zoo in DC is really a fantastic day trip idea!

Building Museum

This museum in DC is worth it just for the architecture. However, they have a number of exhibits just for kids as well!

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Postal Museum

The Postal Museum is one of DC’s best kept secrets! 

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The Absolute best smithsonian museums for babies

If your kids are super young, there are still a lot of fun activities you can do at the Smithsonian Museums. Here are our best picks!

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US National Arboretum

Visit the US National Arboretum throughout the year to see flowers and trees in bloom!


US Botanic Garden

A great pitstop near the US Capitol Building. Visit at Christmas for a truly amazing train garden!

Natural History Museum

Check out all the animals and don’t miss the Hope Diamond!

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AMerican History Museum

Highlights include the Star Spangled Banner, Lincoln’s hat, and Kermit the Frog!

The National Mall

The National Mall is great for a picnic and to let your kids run around.

Monuments and Memorials

There are so many fantastic monuments and memorials to check out in DC

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4th of July in DC

Washington DC is one of the best places to see the 4th of July fireworks. Check out our guide for maximizing your fun. 

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national archives

See the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

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air and space museum

This amazing museum has everything about airplanes, rockets, and space! There is also a location at the Dulles Airport!

national gallery of art

A world class art museum your kids will love too!

US Government buildings

Visit the US Capitol, snap a photo of the White House, and see the Supreme Court!

African American History Museum

The newest Smithsonian museum about the Black experience in America. Very moving and educational.

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Bible Museum

An entire museum dedicated to the Bible. Very hands on and kid friendly!

Spy museum

Let your kids learn what it means to be a spy at this fun museum!

National Museum of the American Indian

Make sure you visit during the daily drumming time. A great museum, especially for older kids. A great restaurant too!

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