Things to do in WASHINGTON with kids

America’s capital city!   There are so many fun things to do in Washington D.C.  It’s an incredibly vibrant city, and with it’s beautiful parks and fascinating history, there are so many great places to visit as a family.

First on any family itinerary, should be the great Washington staples. The grand White House, home to all but one president, and the icon of D.C. (Did you know that two thirds of the building is underground? Pretty cool!)

The Lincoln Memorial, The Washington Monument, and FDR Memorial are all incredible parts of history that you will recognise from the history books, and a must see in the city.

But there are also modern attractions which are just as fascinating! The incredible Newseum will surpass any expectation you had of it going in, and the SUPER fun and unique City Segway Tour- a brilliant and novel way to see the city (Plus you learn super fun facts about the city on your travels!)

National parks, museums, aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, play centers…Washington is as ecclectic, accommodating, and affordable as it is educational and historic. It’s the best of both worlds for kids of all ages and their families.

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  • Madame Tussauds

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    NW Washington

    Visit Madame Tussauds Washington DC and experience our Presidents Gallery; a brand new exhibit that displays all 44 U.S. Presidents in an exciting and interactive environment. The Presidents Gallery ...

  • Fords Theatre

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    NW Washington

    Re-live history at the site of President Lincoln's assassination in 1865 through the museum filled with fascinating exhibits. An amazing destination in Washington DC.

  • International Spy Museum

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    Washington

    The only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage. An amazing array of public programs, workshops, demonstrations, and action-packed missions to go on!

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum

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    Penn Quarter

    Smithsonian American Art Museum is the nations first art collection, and covers the richness and diversity of America's artists

  • National Museum of Crime and Punishment

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    Washington

    Committed to offering an experience that the whole family can enjoy. While there may be some portions of the museum you choose to avoid with your child, there are numerous exhibits and interactives ...

  • The Old Post Office Pavillion

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    NW Washington DC

    A highlight of a visit to the Old Post Office Pavilion is always a 360-degree picturesque view of Washington. From the observation deck of the 315-foot granite Clock Tower, you can enjoy the city\'s ...

  • National Museum of Natural History

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    NW Washington

    Top tip for kids, you might want to make your first stop the first-floor Discovery Room, which is filled with creative hands-on exhibits "for children of all ages." Every now and then, the hall comes ...

  • Marian Koshland Science Museum

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    NW Washington

    While families are welcome to enjoy up to the minute scientific research it's largely aimed at over 8s, though hands-on activities are offered most weekends.

  • Newseum

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    NW Washington DC

    15 main galleries, many of them hands-on interactive, which are fun and interesting for all ages telling the story of NEWS down the ages!

  • National Museum of American History

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    NW Washington DC

    Lots for kids to do, check out the special kids section of the website. Lots of hands-on exhibits, old cars, trains - the kid of things that keep the small people amused - can get busy though, so ...

  • The White House

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    (1 miles) White House

    Public tours of the White House are available for groups of 10 or more people. Requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance.

  • Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour

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    (1 miles) NW Washington DC

    It was a night that changed the history of a nation forever. Journey back in time with your guide to learn about the three-pronged attack designed to decapitate the U.S. Government. Come along on ...

  • National Gallery of Art

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    (1 miles) Washington DC

    Loads of children's events - family specific things to do on the site and children's audio tour as well. Please visit our webiste for more details on family oriented activities.

  • National Air and Space Museum

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    (1 miles) Washington

    Hundreds of artifacts on display including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, and a lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. The Steven F. ...

  • Corcoran Gallery of Art

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    (1 miles) NW Washington DC

    Apart from being a great art gallery, they also do great family programs - recommended for the small people as galleries can be hard work when you are little

  • Smithsonian Discovery Theater

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    (1 miles) SW Washington

    Loads of different live children performances geared at children - ranging from acting, musicians, mime, puppet shows - you name it - great idea for places to take the kids

  • National Museum of the American Indian

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    (1 miles) SW Washington DC

    The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of Native cultures(check out the website)!!!

  • National Geographic Museum

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    (1 miles) Washington DC

    At National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C., past and current expeditions, adventures, and scientific research come to life. Enjoy a wide variety of changing exhibitions as well as permanent and ...

  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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    (1 miles) SW Washington DC

    You'll see how paper money gets printed, cut, sorted and inspected for defects. There is a self guided 35 minutes tour which is one of DC's most populra.

  • United States National Holocaust Museum

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    (1 miles) SW Washington DC

    This internationally acclaimed museum tells the story of the Holocaust through artifacts, films, photos, and oral histories.

  • National Postal Museum

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    (1 miles) NE Washington

    The National Postal Museum is divided into galleries that explore America's postal history from colonial times to the present. Visitors learn how mail has been transported, emphasize the importance ...

  • Botanic Gardens

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    (1 miles) Washington

    Hey Kids! The USBG is looking for Junior Botanists! You can become an Apprentice Junior Botanist by asking for an Adventure Folder and exploring our Conservatory. Bring along an adult adviser with an ...

  • Open Top Sightseeing Washington DC

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    (1 miles) Washington DC

    Come with us and hear more about the people and places that make up the nation\\\'s capital, from the legacy of Abraham Lincoln to present day Washingtonians, from historical buildings and impressive ...

  • DC Ducks

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    (1 miles) Washington DC

    DC Ducks is the most exciting way to see Washington. Climb aboard an authentic, fully restored 1942 "Duck" and let the adventure begin! From Union Station we'll waddle down to the mall where you'll ...

  • City Segway Tours of Washington DC

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    (1 miles) Washington

    Take a tour of Washington DC with City Segway Tours and enjoy a novel way of seeing the city!

  • Capital City Bike Tours

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    (1 miles) Washington

    A fun and active way to get around Washington D.C - bikes! Perfect for families who want to see the city easily.

  • O Street Museum

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    (1 miles) Washington

    The only museum of its kind, O Street Museum has always been dedicated to exploring the creative process. With more than 100 rooms and 32 secret doors, the collection rotates and changes daily.

  • Lincoln Memorial

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    (1 miles) Washington

    Kids know a lot about the 16th president from school, and are generally very interested to visit the memorial of Lincoln

  • The Phillips Collection

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    (1 miles) NW Washington

    The Phillips Collection, America's first museum of modern art, opened in 1921 in the home of Duncan Phillips (18861966). The collection includes Renoir's great masterpiece Luncheon of the Boating ...

  • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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    (2 miles) NW Washington DC

    Free daily performances are held on the Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer. There are free guided tours every day and have a section on their website just for family performances.

  • FDR Memorial

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    (2 miles) Southwest - Waterfront

    Spread over 7.5 acres, traces 12 years of the history of the United States through a sequence of four outdoor rooms, one for each of FDR's terms of office. Sculptures inspired by photographs depict ...

  • Canal Boat Rides

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    (2 miles) NW Washington DC

    Ride along the historic C&O Canal in a boat pulled by mules. Experience rising 8 feet in a lock. Hear park rangers in period clothing describe what life was like for the families that lived and ...

  • East Potomac Park

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    (2 miles) Washington DC

    One of the most popular parks in Washington DC, with tennis courts, golf and play areas!

  • Be With Me Children Playseum

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    (2 miles) District of Columbia

    The Be With Me Children's Playseum is a space dedicated to inspiring children and parents to use their imaginations and just "be". Come in and explore our city shops and transform in to a new person ...

  • Old Post Office Tower

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    (2 miles) NW Washington DC

    Get a great view of Washington DC and the surrounding areas from the 270 foot observation deck on the Old Post Office Tower