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2,000 acres of parkland make up Rock Creek Park, home to the National Zoo, a planetarium, outdoor concert venue and numerous trails.
2,000 acres of parkland make up Rock Creek Park, home to the National Zoo, a planetarium, outdoor concert venue and numerous trails.
 

Fall Family Events

Autumn days are full of fun adventures for the whole family. Here’s what’s on tap:

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National Book Festival, National Mall and Library of Congress
Readers of young adult novels and children’s books can meet some of their favorite authors at the National Book Festival on the National Mall. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variet of activities.
Cost: Free
When: 2015 date TBD

WalkingTown DC, Cultural Tourism
Get ready to stroll! Cultural Tourism DC’s popular WalkingTown DC features dozens of free, guide-led walks throughout the city’s eight wards, tailored around art, history and other subjects. Online reservations can be made at culturaltourismdc.org.
Cost: Free
When: Sept. 30-Oct. 6

Boo at the Zoo, National Zoo
The wildest trick-or-treating in DC takes place at Boo at the Zoo, where costumed kids (ages 2-12) are treated to animal encounters and candy. Wander haunted paths and hear from zookeepers, too. Tickets for Boo at the Zoo go fast, so we strongly encourage you to purchase them soon after they go on sale, Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Cost: General Member, $20; General Non-Member, $30
When: Oct. 24-26

Ice Skating Outdoors
Lace up the skates and head to any one of three outdoor rinks. The beautiful fountain in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden transforms into a first-rate rink during fall and winter time. The Washington Harbour boasts amazing views of the Potomac as one glides across the ice. For a cool neighborhood feel, head to the Canal Park ice rink in the Capitol Riverfront. 
Cost: $7-$9 Admission; $3-$5 Rental
When: Mid-November to March