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Washington DC, the capital of the United States, is a city steeped in history and politics, yet it is also an incredibly family-friendly destination.

Being a tourist with kids can be tough when you're trying to balance sightseeing with little ones' needs, but DC offers an endless array of attractions and activities that cater to all ages.

From museums and parks to monuments and more, Washington DC is the perfect place to create unforgettable family memories.

Here are just a few reasons why Washington DC is a great place to visit with kids.

For detailed information about what to do in Washington, DC for families, read our full post.


There's no better way to introduce children to US history than through the streets of Washington DC.

From the White House to the Lincoln Memorial, it's impossible not to feel the historical significance of each site.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and National Air and Space Museum offer engaging exhibits and interactive features that cater to kids of all ages, while our walking tours and scavenger hunts make learning about history interactive and fun.


DC is home to numerous parks and playgrounds designed for kids to enjoy the outdoors.

The National Mall is a sprawling greenspace that houses several museums and monuments, while Rock Creek Park is perfect for nature walks and picnics.

Meridian Hill Park and Georgetown Waterfront Park offer stunning views and fun water features for the little ones to splash around in.

There are a lot of great outdoor areas to explore in Washington DC, find out more here...


The Smithsonian's National Zoo is one of the best kid-friendly attractions in DC.

The zoo is home to thousands of animals, including giant pandas, lions, and tigers.

Kids can also participate in animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours to learn more about their favorite animals.


With so many museums in DC, it's easy to get overwhelmed.

But, the city's museums are exemplars in creating interactive and immersive learning experiences.

The National Building Museum offers hands-on and engaging exhibits that teach kids about architecture. The Smithsonian Museums offer areas especially for younger kids.

Additionally, Planet Word Museum has installations that kids of all ages will enjoy.


One of the biggest selling points of Washington DC is that many of the attractions are free, including all of the Smithsonians.

The National Gallery of Art, US Capitol Building, and the Library of Congress are all great places to visit and learn without spending a dime.

This means that families can create amazing vacation itineraries without breaking the bank.

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Washington DC is full of world-class attractions, museums, and parks that offer something for everyone in the family.

With so many free and affordable things to see and do, DC should be on the top of every family's tourist's list when vacationing in the US.

From the thrill of seeing animals at the National Zoo, to experiencing the wonders of space and technology at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and exploring the rich history of the US capital, Washington DC is the ultimate family-friendly travel destination.

So, pack your sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and a sense of excitement – it's time to plan your trip to Washington DC!

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: March 31st, 2023
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