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10 Things To Do With Kids in DC

The Capital Region has much to offer, and features plenty of kid-friendly activities throughout the western and eastern regions to the many attractions of the Smithsonian Museums.

Here are 10 items to help narrow down your itinerary:


1. You’re first stop is the National Zoo – established in 1889 and one of the oldest zoological parks in the country. Your family can see over 2,000 animals across 163 acres all for free!

2. Enjoy some popcorn and hotdogs at Nationals Park with the MLB’s Washington Nationals.

3. Bring your future astronaut to the National Air & Space Museum – featuring awesome spacecraft across 161,000 square feet.

4. Check out the 80-foot dinosaur skeleton over at the National Museum of Natural History, part of the Smithsonian Institution.

5. Get a family picture with Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and Franklin Roosevelt, or in front of the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the White House.

6. Let the kids run loose on the National Mall, or see the cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin.

7. Check out vintage mail trucks at the National Postal Museum.

8. Cheer on the NHL Washington Capitals, NBA Washington Wizards, and the WNBA Washington Mystics at the Verizon Center.

9. Don’t miss the Spark! Lab over at the National Museum of American History.

10. Catch a show at the Ripley Center’ Discovery Theater found on the National Mall.

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Mount Vernon/Ft. Belvoir

8751 Richmond Highway, Alexandria VA 22309-4223
Phone: 703-360-1300  |  Fax: 703-360-1300  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Pentagon Hotel - Reagan Airport

2480 S Glebe Road, Arlington VA 22206-2576
Phone: (703) 979-4400  |  Fax: (703) 685-0051  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Fairfax

3535 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax VA 22030-2703
Phone: (703) 591-5500  |  Fax: (703) 591-7483  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Falls Church - Arlington Area

6633 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church VA 22042-3002
Phone: (703) 532-9000  |  Fax: (703) 532-3887  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Capital Beltway

5910 Princess Garden Pkwy, Lanham VA 20706-2905
Phone: (301) 459-1000  |  Fax: (301) 459-1526  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Plus Rockville Hotel & Suites

1251 W Montgomery Avenue, Rockville VA 20850-3133
Phone: (301) 424-4940  |  Fax: (301) 424-1047  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

7

Best Western Springfield

6721 Commerce Street, Springfield VA 22150-2507
Phone: (703) 922-6100  |  Fax: (703) 922-0708  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

8

Best Western Dulles Airport Inn

45440 Holiday Drive, Sterling VA 20166-9411
Phone: 703-471-8300  |  Fax: (703) 471-8382  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

9

Best Western Potomac Mills

14619 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge VA 22192-6809
Phone: (703) 494-4433  |  Fax: (703) 385-2627  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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