Top 5 “Hidden” Spots for Kids in Washington, DC

November 30, 2011

Washington, DC For Kids

There is lots to do in Washington, DC for kids. Here are my top 5 favorite “hidden gems” – lesser visited spots that are great destinations for a family in Washington, DC.

Stop at the Smithsonian Information Center

Make this your first stop on the National Mall. The Smithsonian Information Center is also known as “The Castle”. It’s exterior resembles a fairy tale castle. You can pick up information inside on the Institution’s 19 museums and National Zoo.

Take a Ranger-led Bike Tour

See the Washington, DC Mall by bike! The National Parks Service offers free bike tours on the National Mall. Head to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial to start your tour. Tours happen every Saturday and Sunday, March – November.

Visit the National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian is the only national museum honoring Native Americans. The museum is operated by the Smithsonian Institution. Head inside to learn about the history, languages, and arts of the native Americans of the Western Hemisphere.

Spend Time on Theodore Roosevelt Island

This island, with its miles of nature trails and boardwalks through forest and swamps, is a great place in Washington, DC for kids that love the outdoors. Theodore Roosevelt loved nature. He worked hard to protect public lands for forests, national parks, and wildlife sanctuaries when he was president. This island is a fitting memorial to the 26th U.S. President.

Stroll Through the U.S. National Arboretum

This Arboretum is a big place – about the size of 339 football fields! It’s a great place to escape the bustle of the busy city. Stroll through the collection of plants and trees in the park known as the “Nation’s Garden”.


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