Perfect Washington, DC Itinerary for Kids

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Do you have friends with little kids visiting from out-of-state or internationally? Or, live in Maryland or Virginia and are planning a day trip to D.C.? Check out the perfect Washington, DC itinerary for kids, below. And make the most of your visit with your family!

Washington, DC Itinerary # 1

Start at the Lincoln Memorial. The nearest metro stations are Foggy Bottom and Smithsonian. Then walk through the National Mall towards the Washington Monument. Passing by the Reflecting pool (a kids favorite) and contemplate the monuments and memorials. Bring a blanket and some food and have a picnic in the most perfect scenic spot in Washington, D.C. Finish by heading to the White House and grab dinner at one of the many options around here.

Washington, DC Itinerary # 2

Start at the U.S. Capitol. If taking the metro get off at Union Station (another historic place to visit in Washington, D.C.). Then head towards the National Mall and choose 1 or 2 museums to visit. Some kid-friendly favorites are:

Washington, DC Itinerary # 3

Spend a day in Georgetown. There are lots of things to do in Georgetown:

  • Take a boat ride on the canal 
  • Go shopping along M street
  • Eat and eat more in one of the 100 restaurants in Georgetown
  • Go paddle boarding or kayaking on the Potomac
  • Explore a house museum – Dumbarton Oaks or Tudor Place
  • Take a walk along the Washington Harbour

Washington, DC Itinerary # 4

Start at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the first memorial to honor a man of color opened in 2011. The closest metro stop is Smithsonian. Then walk along the Tidal Basin, the large body of water surrounded by DC’s famous cherry blossoms, towards the Thomas Jefferson memorial. Finally, head to The Wharf for a late lunch and fun outdoor activities: large swings, outdoor cycling classes, oversized games, s’mores roasting truck, and live music.

Obviously, there is much more to Washington D.C. than you can pack in 4 days. So make sure to come back and check out the 101 Best Things to Do with Kids in the Washington, DC Area guide.

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