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Family Friendly Tours in Washington, DC

One of the great reasons to visit DC with children is the number of activities that are either affordable or completely free. Most are easily accessible, especially if you plan ahead. Here are some edutainment activities guaranteed to leave an indelible impression on both you and your child. And if...

Group Touring the Capitol Rotunda - United States Capitol Building - Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Zoo

The National Zoo is right for you It’s not all elephants and donkeys in DC. At the National Zoo , visitors can find all sorts of animals that don’t subscribe to party lines. Lions, tigers, giraffes and the zoo’s beloved giant pandas are just some of the 2,000 animals that call the 163-acre park...

Smithsonian National Zoo Giant Panda
20 Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC

There’s no better place to spend Memorial Day weekend than in Washington, DC. Memorials are our specialty, and the nation’s capital celebrates with unique and meaningful events designed to recognize the selfless service of our active duty military and veterans. So get ready for three days of action...

Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Route over the Arlington Memorial Bridge
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

What is the National Museum of the American Indian and where is it? The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is located on Independence Avenue in DC, on the National Mall . The museum boasts one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native American objects, photographs, artifacts...

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Washington, DC
12 Top Spots to Catch the Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, DC

Watching the fireworks is one of the highlights of DC’s Independence Day celebrations, and there are lots of interesting sites from which to view them. For example, you’ll find excellent vantage points from a few rooftop bars, sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, or across the river in...

Fireworks Going Off Over Washington, DC
An Interview with Nicole MacCorkle, Giant Panda Keeper

Nicole MacCorkle, giant panda keeper at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo shares the inside scoop on working closely with Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and their cubs. Nicole spills the bamboo on how to get her job, how to baby-proof a panda enclosure and much more about her fluffy friends. In a town full of...

Giant Panda at the Smithsonian National Zoo - Washington, DC
How Can I Tour The White House?

Please note: White House public tours will resume on March 7. Requesting a tour Touring the White House requires some advance planning. Public tour requests must be made through your member of Congress (find your member of Congress and contact information here ) and submitted up to three months in...

The White House
Visiting the Newseum

What and where is the Newseum? The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, situated between the U.S. Capitol and the White House . The seven-level museum opened in 2008 with the intention of promoting, explaining and defending the five freedoms of the First Amendment: speech, press,...

Newseum exterior at sunset - Museums in Washington, DC
Washington, DC Fun Facts for Kids

Presidential Pastimes George Washington never lived in DC. The White House was completed a year after he died and the second U.S. President, John Adams, was the first to live there. The statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square (directly across from the White House) was partially made from...

Washington, DC Fun Facts for Kids
15 Things to See & Do in Georgetown

Shopping isn’t the only thing to do in Georgetown . This historic 'hood is full of charm, good eats and plenty of scenic views. Pick your adventure and get exploring in this centuries-old part of the District.

Wisconsin & M Street - Historic Georgetown Neighborhood - Washington DC