Family ­friendly

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

13 Great Spots to Watch 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. You’ll find excellent vantage points from a few rooftop bars , sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial , or across the river in Arlington. And...

Fourth of July Fireworks over the National Mall - Things to Do Independence Day Weekend in Washington, DC
11 Things to Do in Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park was founded in 1890 by the United States Congress as a recreational resource for the nation’s capital. These 1,800 acres cut a wide swath through Northwest Washington DC, providing a haven for people and wildlife. An oasis in a bustling city, most of Rock Creek Park consists of...

Rock Creek Park - Outdoor Activities & Things to Do - Washington, DC
Top Spots to Photograph the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC

Expert photographers will tell you, taking a captivating cherry blossom shot requires the right scene. Another thing they'd tell you is to take a picture at the right moment. For the blossoms, that's during peak bloom, which typically occurs around early April, but in the past has occurred as early...

Where to Photograph the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC
Family Friendly Dining in Washington, DC

Eat and run There is so much to see and do on a visit to Washington, DC, and for that reason, fast food often fits best into your touring schedule. Fortunately, there are many high quality food options near the National Mall . For some tasty quick bites, try Potbelly Sandwich Shop in the Penn...

Family Friendly Dining in Washington, DC
Guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in the District quite like the blooming of the cherry blossoms, an event that has spawned a three-week festival celebrating the occasion. More than 1.5 million visitors descend upon Washington, DC each year to admire the 3,000-plus trees. The festival, full...

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
Guide to the Washington Nationals

Get an exclusive discount and save up to 17% on Washington Nationals tickets. Just go to nationals.com/VIP and use promotional code VISITDC . The Nats' History After a 33-year absence, Major League Baseball in Washington was revived with the arrival of the Nationals in 2005. The Nats played their...

Washington Nationals Park - Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

What and where is the National Museum of American History? The National Museum of American History is located on Constitution Avenue NW, just a block away from the National Mall . Through research, in-depth exhibits, extensive collections and public outreach, the museum presents America’s history...

Entrance of the Museum of American History
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
Bites on a Budget: Great Affordable Eats in Washington, DC

You don’t have to drop a pretty penny in order to enjoy an unforgettable meal in the nation’s capital. DC has spawned a host of successful fast-casual eateries, and also serves as home to affordable restaurants that have practically become institutions in the city. Read up on some of our favorites...

sweetgreen salad