Washington, DC

Tour the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and witness millions of dollars being printed.

Get a bird’s eye view of DC from the top of the Washington Monument.

See an A to Z of animals at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

Enjoy the sculptures, carved quotes, and water features of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

Marvel at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, adjacent to FDR’s Memorial, with its 30-foot statue carved from one huge block of stone.

At the Lincoln Memorial, find the secret ‘I Have A Dream’ step where MLK stood to make his famous speech, and gaze out over The Reflecting Pool.

Visit The Jefferson Memorial and walk the Tidal Basin, home of DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival in Spring.

Other National Mall Memorials are the World War II, Korean War Veterans, and iconic Vietnam Veterans Memorials.

The Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage hosts a different free performance every night at 6pm.

At Arlington National Cemetery, see the hourly changing of the guard, JFK’s Eternal Flame, and more.

The Library of Congress offers free tours plus poetry readings, lectures, exhibits and other activities.

The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum houses fascinating examples of Japanese bonsai and its Chinese equivalent, penjing. The Museum is located at the US National Arboretum, which is also free.

The Natural History Museum’s Butterfly Pavilion is free on Tuesdays (with timed entry tickets).

Visit the National Postal Museum, located at Union Station. Part of the Smithsonian Institute, it focuses on America’s postal service, stamps, and other mail-related topics, with plenty of hands-on activities.

Some other popular Smithsonian sites to visit in DC include:

  • African American Museum
  • Air & Space Museum
  • American History Museum
  • American Indian Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Renwick Gallery

The National Park Service’s Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium host a variety of free programs and activities for youngsters, plus wheelchair-accessible nature trails for all abilities.

The Yards Park is a new waterfront park that includes water features, grassy areas, and sculptures.

Visit the National Archives, home to the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution.

Stroll round Eastern Market, where vendors sell arts and crafts, fresh food, flowers, and more.

The National Cathedral offers a family guide and scavenger hunt for kids. Admission is free on Sundays.