Despite the fact that Washington is the political capital of the country, the city provides a plenty of amazing entertainments for children. The youngest guests of the city can set off to the zoo, the older children should certainly visit several interesting thematic museums, and teenagers will love the amusement park. So, check out Washington’s TOP destinations for kids in the following list.
The International Spy Museum
This is not just an another common museum. The International Spy Museum in Washington is one of the two museums in the world, which are dedicated to espionage and the secret services. It will be interesting both for adults and children, because, in addition to more than 600 exhibits (hidden cameras, encryption machine, umbrellas with syringes, guns in a tube of lipstick, etc.) each visitor can become a real spy.
Depending on the age, the guests of the museum can take part in such interactive games as ‘Night Spy’, ‘Spy in the City’ and even learn the art of espionage, where everyone can try to mask the wiretaps, video cameras and organize the surveillance.
By the way, the museum has repeatedly been criticized for the promotion of the image of a double agent, but despite everything it continues to work and surprise its visitors.
Address: 800 Ft Str, Washington
GPS Coordinates: 38.896957, -77.023705
Hours: daily 10am-6pm
Ticket price: kids age 6 and under – free of charge, kids (7-11) – $15, adults (12+) – $22
Smithsonian National Zoo
Smithsonian National Zoo is home for two thousands of animals. The park is so huge that, before you start getting acquainted with its numerous inhabitants, you’ll have to get a map and carefully plan your trip.
The most popular inhabitants of the zoo are beautiful pandas. They are usually shy and like to chew the branches of bushes sitting in the corners of their pavilions. Gorillas are also very popular – they like to attract the attention of visitors by throwing fruits at each other.
However, the sector with rodents, and a pool with sea lions and reptiles is no less interesting. You can find there several fearsome crocodiles and a huge alligator snapping turtle.
In short, the Smithsonian National Zoo will bring you and your kids lots of positive emotions, and you shouldn’t miss it anyway.
Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave, Washington
GPS Coordinates: 38.930909, -77.047944
Hours: daily 10am-6pm (April-October), 10am-5pm (November-March)
Ticket price: free of charge
Six Flags America
Located just 15 miles from Washington, DC, Six Flags America is a huge amusement park which offers a multiple selection of entertainments according to different age groups.
The youngest visitors can enjoy such “kids’ rides” as balloon ride, hill coaster, the amazing old-fashioned train, pirate’s airship and much more.
“Six Flags” also provide family rides where moms, dads and their kids can ride all together. Among them are Shipwreck and Splashwater Falls, the Penguin’s Blizzard River, the Rodeo, Crazy Cars, Renegade Rapids and Flying Carousel.
And finally, everyone who likes thrills can enjoy an incredible Batwing Coaster (the maximum height is 120 ft, the speed – 50mph), Voodoo Drop (140-foot free fall) or Wild One (2,400 feet of hills and thrills).
Address: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Malboro, MD
GPS Coordinates: 38.907760, -76.770439
Hours: daily 10.30am-7pm (March-October)
Ticket price: general admission – $63, visitors under 48” – $43, kids age 2 and under – free of charge.
National Children’s Museum
The young guests of Washington DC should definitely visit the Children’s Museum. The museum offers to take an amazing journey in a magical cave, and then your children can try to make giant soap bubbles.
In this fabulous place the kids can also learn a lot of new and interesting things. For example, they can see how children’s television or radio studio works. And in addition, children can even put their own laboratory experiments there.
Address: 151 St George Boulevard, Washington
GPS Coordinates: 38.783610, -77.014296
Hours: daily 10 am-6pm
Ticket price: general admission – $7, kids age 2 and under – free of charge.
Dolcezza is the Italian café with a great variety of ice cream. When visitors see the menu, they forget that they are in America. You can order there the ice cream with honey and lemon, avocado and tarragon, mojito and all possible fruit, chocolate and peanut butter.
By the way Dolcezza also sells delicious sweets and chocolate of the own produce. So, your kids will be fully satisfied!
Address: 1560 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington
GPS Coordinates: 38.910363, -77.064996
Hours: Saturday-Sunday 8am-9pm, Monday-Friday 7am-9pm
As you see, at first Washington DC may seem only the business capital of the United States. But if you look more attentively, you’ll understand that this city is also an excellent destination for a nice vacation with your kids, and all the above mentioned places prove this fact. So, make your children happy by visiting Washington during your next trip. For your convenience, you can rent a car to find and reach all those places much quicker.