Family Travel Question:
Q | What is the best strategy to hit all the sites in DC with kids in tow?
We're ready to hit Washington, DC with our kids (10 & 12) this summer. What is the best strategy to see the sites? -Tracy, MA
A | Visiting Washington, DC in the summer with kids
Summer in DC is a blast. The average age of the town drops to about 24 as summer interns take over while lobbyists and members of Congress flee the humidity. With the young (grossly underpaid or unpaid) interns in town there are even more free or low cost events. Check Washington.org or the City Paper for a calendar of events.
The other big summer factor is the humidity. DC was built on a swamp and OMG! it can be so hot and muggy most residents avoid going outside at all costs. Washington is normally a fairly walkable city, but planning visits to sites with easy access to the air-conditioned Metro can make sightseeing more pleasant. These include the Smithsonian, the Capitol Building, the National Zoo, Union Station, Nationals Park, Arlington Cemetery, Old Town Alexandria, and more. Avoid rush hours and it’s easy (and comfortable) to get all over the city.
And the attraction any intern worth their (lack of) pay won’t miss during their summer is Dickey’s Frozen Custard off of Farragut Square and just a couple blocks from the White House. Take it from a DC-born gal, it’s worth waiting in line in the summer sun for one of these treats!