Washington D.C with a Toddler
If you, or your child are a history junkie, love museums, and thrive off of large cities.
Washington, DC is the place for you.
My son and I did a weekend trip to DC in April of 2018. We flew into Raleigh, NC to visit my sister and drove the short 4 hours up to D.C to take on the monuments for the weekend.
I found a cheap last-minute deal for the Marriott Key Bridge in Arlington, VA. We were literally walking distance across the bridge to some of the monuments. We were near Georgetown University, which was also cool to check out.
Since we were only in town for the weekend. We had a tight schedule to accomplish EVERYTHING on our list. We parked in the monument district, which cost us $20. Expensive, but not bad since we were gone all day. We were able to visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, Washington Monument, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, MLK Memorial. Although my son was only one and didn’t understand the significance of any of these, He was happy to be out of his stroller and walking around exploring.
There are several FREE museums there, but we didn’t get a chance to see them this trip.
Being an HBCU Graduate, anytime we travel somewhere that has an HBCU nearby, I always take my son to visit it. So of course, being in D.C we had to go see Howard University.
Our goal was to visit 4 states in one day, so we headed over to Maryland to have dinner with one of our family members before heading to bed from a long day.
The next day we woke up and decided to do something for the kids. We headed over to the Smithsonian Zoo which is FREE for a day of fun. Even though I’m into fitness and workout every day, because of the hills (and there were a lot of them) I was wore out. TENNIS SHOES, WATER & A STROLLER ARE A MUST!
While at the zoo we were able to see the pandas, which are very rare to see in zoos these days. After a long day of hiking at the zoo, we went to founding farmers for lunch before heading to the hotel to get some rest before the trip back the next morning.
Bring Comfy Shoes
A stroller is a must. All the walking is sure to tire your little one out.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Keep some snacks in your bag, DC can be expensive.
Take your time and try to see as much as you can
Visit the free museums, I mean Hello? They are FREE!