(The Jefferson Memorial via Wikimedia Commons)
Remember my Bay Area Bucket List?
Well, I’m actually living in the DC area this summer (and then I’ll be back in California).
Here are the things I have done and hope to do while we’re here (I will update this post as I get everything checked off):
IN WASHINGTON DC:
Natural History Museum–So much to do! My favorite thing so far is the butterfly room.
Air and Space Museum–I really recommend the Hubble 3D IMAX movie–amazing!
Museum of American History–The best part for kids (at least my kids) was the America on the Move exhibit.
Museum of the American Indian–This museum was very kid friendly, with a section where kids can take around a “passport” and get it stamped at stations representing various native nations.
National Zoo-I thought it would be too crazy on a Saturday, but it wasn’t too bad, and there were volunteers all over with feathers, bones, etc., teaching more about the animals.
National Building Museum–Such a fun museum for kids. There are giant play rooms filled with building toys and (right now, at least) a mini golf course. It wasn’t crowded at all when we went and the gift shop is such a great little store (which is good and bad…).
All the main monuments and memorials–Made it to a good chunk of this (though not the Jefferson memorial–I totally jinxed myself by choosing it for the picture for this post).
The National Gallery–We went to this awesome Stories in Art children’s program that really made the museum experience so much better for my kids. And I freaked out at seeing so many paintings I know and love (Monet, Van Gogh, Cassatt, Degas, Renoir, Homer, Sargent, Whistler…). I love, love, love art museums.
International Spy Museum–I didn’t end up going to this, but some of my family did. They liked it, but thought it was kind of pricey for what they got out of it.
U.S. Botanic Garden–I had low expectations going into this, but it was so fun! If you have kids, be sure to pick up the little field guide booklet for them. My kids loved filling it out.
DIDN’T MAKE IT THERE THIS TIME (THIS LIST IS TOO LONG!):
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
National Museum of African Art
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
National Postal Museum
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
IN THE WIDER AREA:
Frying Pan Farm–A super fun little farm for kids.
Harper’s Ferry, WV–One of my favorite historic places. The site of John Brown’s rebellion and a beautiful little town.
Chesapeake Bay–We went to a beach on the bay ready to swim, but the water was FULL of jellyfish. Luckily we found a small space without them, because it was so hot.
Mt. Vernon–If you go with kids make sure to get an adventure map; it made it a lot more fun for my kids.
Theodore Roosevelt Island–A beautiful little island.
Clemyjontri Park–Fun, but best for younger kids (like seven and under).
National Aquarium (Baltimore)–I am a total aquarium geek and this is one of my favorites!
King Street, Alexandria–Lovely historic area full of fun window shopping and restaurants. There’s also a really adorable children’s bookstore called Hooray for Books!
DIDN’T MAKE IT THERE DESPITE GOOD INTENTIONS:
Virginia Beach (or some beach nearby)
Glen Echo Park