Washington, D.C. draws families each year for good reason. History, art and culture abound, making the nation’s capital an engaging educational experience. Plus, free museums and sites appeal to cost-conscious parents looking for a budget-friendly vacation. The city’s public transportation system—with stops at many popular attractions—makes getting around with kids easy and affordable.
With its wealth of artifacts and free admission, the Smithsonian’s many museums are always a popular choice for families with children. But exploring beyond the Mall yields pleasant surprises as well. Life-like wax figures at Madame Tussauds, colorful children’s productions at Imagination Stage, an Art Deco carousel at Glen Echo Park and real-life spy stories at the International Spy Museum add to the mix of kid-friendly things to do in D.C.
Word to the wise: Plan to do plenty of walking and, when possible, leave the car at the hotel.