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15 Best Places to Go with Kids in the Washington DC Area

15 Best Places to Go with Kids

in the Washington DC Area


1. National Zoo

Lion and Lioness

One of the most kid-friendly places to visit in Washington, DC is the National Zoo where you can see more than 400 different species of animals. The National Zoo is set within the beautiful Rock Creek National Park and is a part of the Smithsonian Institution. Admission is FREE!

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African Masks

2. National Museum of Natural History 

At this favorite Smithsonian museum, kids enjoy examining a wide variety of artifacts including an 80-foot dinosaur skeleton, an enormous prehistoric white shark, and a 45-and-a-half carat jewel a known as the Hope Diamond.

The Discovery Room is a great hands-on display for young children. Feel the skin of a crocodile, examine the jaws and teeth of different animals or try on clothes from around the globe. More Info


Rocket Launch

3. National Air & Space Museum 


The Washington, DC museum displays the largest collection of air and spacecraft in the world. Visit here and learn about the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight.

There are IMAX films and planetarium shows several times a day. Children marvel at the lifesize exhibits.

For an excursion outside of the city, visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the second location, near Dulles International Airport.  More Info

Click on the link for numbers 4-15 of the 15 Best Places to Go with Kids in the Washington DC Area.



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Comment balloon 18 commentsRick Reed • May 23 2012 09:23AM


Good Afternoon Rick

Thanks for the post and Washington D. C. localism information. Have a great day.

Posted by Patrick White, Driven to bring New Yorkers home (Home Driven Realty, Inc) over 5 years ago

Hi Rick,

I used to live in the District, so this post brought back memories.  Great localism post!


Posted by Anonymous over 5 years ago

Hi Rick,

I used to live in the District, so this post brought back memories. Great localism post!


Posted by Kevin Sembrat (Diversified RCS Inc; over 5 years ago

+1 for the Natural History Museum... I didn't think my kids would like the museum but when I took them to the NHM (here in LA) they had a BLAST! I'm not sure if DC does the same thing, but I believe there are certain days each month that the museum is free for kids and/or free in general for the day.



Posted by Reuben Fine (Fill-In-The-Blanks PDF Flyer Templates over 5 years ago

I sure do love DC. Forget the kids, id rather go by myself and have plenty of time to visit every musuem known to man in our nation's capital.

Posted by Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini (304.741.4705 • ) over 5 years ago

These are great places for Kids of all ages to visit.  There is so much to do in DC.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 5 years ago
How lucky the kids in DC are, to have access to so many amazing attractions. I recall visiting #3, the Air and Space museum about 25 years ago. I was an adult then, but felt like a kid in a candy store!
Posted by Kevin O'Rourke - Keller Williams Miami Beach Realtor, CDPE Miami Short Sale Agent 305-520-9436 (Keller Williams Miami Beach Realty) over 5 years ago

Wow! What a great rundown. I totally want to hit all of these (with or without my kids!). We've always wanted to make it back there but haven't yet. Hopefully one of these days....


Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) over 5 years ago
Thanks for the tips. We are headed to DC in a little under a month.
Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 5 years ago

Rick, this is great with summer vacation being around the corner - and not only for kids, but everyone visiting the DC area!


Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 5 years ago

There's a lot of history to see in the DC area but your pick's seem like a lot more fun and less stuffy.  I think everyone should make an effort to see our Nation's capital.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, NMLS #281609 (Academy Mortgage Group) over 5 years ago


You and your link didn't mention the Lincoln or Jefferson Memorials. Also the great statuary around town. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 5 years ago

Rick, great post. I would even expand to top 10 to give people a feel for what to do. There really are so many things to do in our Nation's capital. Hope the market in Maryland is treating you well. 

Posted by Gina Tufano, Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty) over 5 years ago

Fun post Rick, especially number 8 right now with all the hype surrounding the Washington Nationals. I wouldn’t mind flying out from Seattle for one of those!

Posted by Eric Proulx ( over 5 years ago

Washington DC is great for kids to learn about our country's rich history.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) over 5 years ago

Great localism blog. Summer is just around the corner, and DC is the perfect place to soak up history and knowledge.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt) over 5 years ago

Hello Rick,

This is truly a refreshing post. Fun and Educational. I also agree with Joan #8 -  "These are great places for Kids of all ages to visit." This includes the kids over 50:) And I mean that in a very positive way. Thanks for the post.

Posted by Robert Rucker III over 5 years ago

Thank you everyone for all the positive feedback on the post.  Hope your next visit to the Washington DC area is enjoyable!  

Posted by Rick Reed, Assoc Broker, GRI, CDPE, REO, Short Sale, Military ("The Congressional Team" RE/MAX Realty Services) over 5 years ago