This was our first trip into D.C. after moving to Alexandria. I went with my parents, husband, and two daughters.
by catronma on November 17, 2005
It is a bit difficult to find, but it is not far from the FBI building. We went early in the afternoon, but it was still very crowded and we had to wait for a table. It was a typical Hard Rock Cafe.
by catronma on November 14, 2005
There are several different rooms that feature various time periods and landmarks through air and space travel. Many of the rooms have kid's activities, including walking through a plane and "flying" a small charter plane. There is fast-food-type area, but as expected, it is expensive and can get crowded.
A little tip: you can walk fairly close to the White House. The road is closed, so do not drive, but you can walk up to the gate and take some great pictures and sometimes see people coming and going. Look in the bushes for the Secret Service people!
by catronma on March 6, 2006
This is best seen in the spring and summer. The center has a pool with waterfalls that does not run in the colder months. There are markers for each state, and be sure to walk all of the way around to get the land/air/sea aspect of it.
by catronma on January 17, 2007
This is Free! That is the best part, the food on the other hand is not free, but you can bring coolers if you want. Parking is also not free, but driving here is not too bad as this is in a more residential area and away from other major sights. The lions were a particular favorite while we were here because they are right out in the open and were rather active. Many of the attractions here are much more open than I have seen in other zoos and you can get a better view of the animals. The pandas were the exception, but when we were there was a new baby so it was over crowded. It is a very nice place for walking and actually in the mornings you will see a lot of runners. In the summer there are frequent misters going to escape the heat. Some of the buildings are off limits to strollers so if you go with one be prepared to leave it outside.
Take the train when you go into DC. There is no parking to be found weekdays or weekends. It is best to park and take the Metro in from a more remote location. The cheapest way to do the Metro is to buy a day pass. On these you can go anywhere all day long for one price, and children under 5 do not need their own card and are free.
It is a very long walk from one end of the National Mall to the next, but if you can do it there are a ton of sights along the way. The WWII and Vietnam memorials, as well as some others. It is also a great walk to get pictures and great view. There are some resting spots and bathrooms along the way, closer to the Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials. There really is not a great spot for the Vietnam memorial end of the mall to get off the metro but I suggest using the Smithsonian stop and taking the walk, more so if the weather is nice.
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