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Family Activities
Family Activities

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While DC is one of the most romantic cities in the world, it also caters to families. There are many activities available for free, lots of venues that are kid-friendly, and of course, tons of history to be had. Museums galore offer a wide range of hands-on things to do for the curious (young or old), and the many area parks feature lots of open space to explore.

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • The Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden had its beginnings in 1966 when Latvian-born Joseph H. Hirshhorn donated his huge collection of contemporary and modern art.
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International Spy Museum
  • International Spy Museum
  • Launched in 2002, International Spy Museum is the only public museum in the United States dedicated to espionage, and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible...
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Mount Vernon Estate
  • Mount Vernon Estate
  • Mount Vernon Estate is the family home of the nation's first president George Washington. Located along the shores of the Potomac River in Virginia, the grounds and home have been lovingly...
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Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Natural History
  • When the current Natural History Museum building opened in 1910, a Triceratops skeleton rode a horse-drawn cart to its new home, along with approximately 10 million other objects.
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National Air and Space Museum
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum is a goldmine for aviation enthusiasts, maintaining the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world, including some of the most famous artifacts of all time: the Wright Brothers' Flyer, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St.
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National Zoological Park
  • National Zoological Park
  • Orangutans nonchalantly drape themselves across cables 45 feet above the heads of passersby, taking a break as they traverse the O-Line – an orangutan transit system that connects the Great Ape House to the Think Tank at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
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Rock Creek National Park
  • Rock Creek National Park
  • The so-called "urban" Rock Creek Park in DC encompasses more than 2,000 acres – more than twice the size of Central Park in New York City – extending 12 miles from the Potomac River to the border of Maryland.
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Theodore Roosevelt Island Park
  • Theodore Roosevelt Island Park
  • One of Theodore Roosevelt's greatest legacies was his dedication to conservation. Today, this island in the Potomac stands as a fitting memorial to the outdoorsman, naturalist, and visionary who was the 26th President.
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U.S. Botanic Garden
  • U.S. Botanic Garden
  • The oldest continually-operating botanic garden in the United States, the U.S. Botanic Garden is a showcase centrally located on the National Mall, and is nearly as old as DC itself. Its first greenhouse was built in 1842 and since 1849, it has been at its current location.
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