Family ­friendly

Family Friendly: Find the places in DC everyone can agree on.

11 Ways to Make the Most of Winter in Washington, DC

Wintertime is the right time to visit DC. When the temperatures drop, the District heats up with fireside dining, world-class theater and dazzling light displays. Plan the best vacation ever and discover holiday magic in Washington, DC. With a canvas of light displays, cozy vibes and festivals...

@jennrightmeow - Nighttime ice skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden on the National Mall - Make the most of winter in Washington, DC
Visiting Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC

Smithsonian's 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 1,500-plus animals that call the...

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

Requesting a White House 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 advance and no less than 21 days prior to your...

The White House
The Best Indoor Activities & Things to Do in Washington, DC

The monuments, memorials and outdoor spaces get a lot of press, but you can also find plenty of things to do inside in Washington, DC. The nation’s capital is full of indoor activities ranging from kid-friendly museums to date night-worthy theater performances. So whether you’re fleeing snowy...

@michellefortephotography - Atrium at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on the National Mall - Free Museum in Washington, DC
3 Days Following President Lincoln's Footsteps in Washington, DC

Morning Start your day at the Lincoln Memorial . Lincoln’s statue gazes out across Memorial Bridge to Arlington National Cemetery , which was home to Robert E. Lee’s former estate. Hop into a cab to visit President Lincoln’s Cottage . Lincoln spent his summers here in 1862, 1863 and 1864, a...

@brandonmkopp - Visitor at the Lincoln Memorial - Washington, DC
Guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC

Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in the District quite like the blooming of the cherry blossom trees and the three-week-long National Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the occasion. More than 1.5 million visitors descend upon Washington, DC each year to admire the 3,000-plus trees. The...

Couple on Tidal Basin Paddleboats - National Cherry Blossom Festival - Washington, DC
Which Attractions & Museums in Washington, DC Require Tickets?

Many of Washington, DC's major attractions are open to the public and do not require tickets, including the Smithsonian museums , the Smithsonian National Zoo , the National Gallery of Art , and the monuments and memorials on the National Mall . You can buy tickets for some of Washington, DC's most...

Family at the Freer Gallery of Art on the National Mall - Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC
12 Ways to Experience an Epic Family Getaway in Washington, DC

If you’re looking for the ultimate summer vacation for your family, look no further than Washington, DC. Whenever you visit the nation's capital, you’re bound for a memorable adventure. We've gathered together some of the city’s most popular things to do for families, from snapping photos with past...

Family enjoying ice cream at Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront - Family-friendly vacations in Washington, DC
11 Ways to Make the Most of Spring in Washington, DC

DC owns spring . Its signature celebration, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, is the centerpiece, but the city offers so much more as the weather warms up. Read up on all the things to do and start planning your springtime excursion with family and friends to Washington, DC.

Friends walking along Tidal Basin & cherry blossoms - Spring in Washington, DC