As the mother of an 8-year old boy, I'm always looking for vacations that will interest both me and my son. No small feat. But with a 2nd grade curriculum of American and Civil Rights history, I knew that Washington, DC would be the perfect end of summer getaway. Luckily for me, my cousins have a big house in Virginia and I live about a 4 hour drive away from DC, so it also fit into the affordable vacation bucket. Here are just a few of the things we did that I recommend wholeheartedly for kids and adults alike: The Bureau of Engraving and Printing: See how they make all of our paper money. It's pretty fascinating and meticulous. They're actually in the process of updating all the money with new colors and we even got to see some before it goes out to the public. Owen's favorite part was this...
Pedal boating by the Jefferson Memorial: It's on such a lovely (and out of the way) spot and the weather that day was incredible, so after over six miles of walking, we decided to pedal boat! And by we, I mean mostly me. But it's worth it for the utter quiet and stunning view of the memorial.
Nationals Park: The highlight of the trip for me! I'm obsessed with the Presidents that run around the park during the 4th inning. And imagine my delight when walking into the park meant we got to meet every one of them! Of course I called Taft, Roosevelt, but he was nice enough not to correct me.
The Capitol and Jefferson Library: A must see! While I was disappointed not to be able to see the current Senate floor, we did get to see a lot of history, the old chambers, including the Supreme Court and the magnificent Jefferson Library. Owen didn't even get bored on the hour + audio tour. A win-win!
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: More airplanes than you can shake a stick at and the Space Shuttle! Plus it's free. In fact, all of the Smithsonian's are free. Perfect for budget-conscious vacationers (and who isn't?).
World War II Memorial: This is relatively new (2005, I think) and even Owen listed it as a top spot. So beautiful and moving and for kids the fun is in finding all the states.
Have you been to DC? What are some of your favorite things to do?