When looking for history-packed D.C. staycation ideas, these five destinations belong at the top of your family-friendly to-do list.
Even when only partly open, this destination should top your to-do list because it serves up history in one succinct location. From Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, to Martin Luther King, Jr., World War II, Vietnam, and beyond. There’s a memorial to explore, appreciate, and understand.
On your visit you could explore the fountains, gardens, enjoy a picnic (depending on the weather), and even play a little golf or tennis. For all this and more, the National Mall is one destination that should top your D.C. staycation ideas to-do list.
Rock Creek Park
This 1754 acre park is twice the size of Central Park in New York City and free to explore with your family. It really is the perfect way to escape the city and get back to nature. Whether you’re going on a hike or heading to one of the many activities (depending on when you visit) inside.
Activities can include horse-riding, checking out the amphitheater, or the boathouse. There’s also a Nature Center, that when open offers the opportunity to learn about the animals and plants in the park and even offer tours.
If escaping the city is on your D.C. staycation ideas wish-list, exploring Rock Creek Park is a must.
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
The Smithsonian National Zoological Park is one of the oldest zoos in the United States and best of all, it is free. Unless you need to pay for parking ($30).
Whether young or old, everyone loves a zoo visit. And this magnificent 163-acre zoo in the heart of the city won’t disappoint with its 300 animal species.
Animals range from large cats to pandas. That’s right, pandas.
So, if seeing pandas is on your to-do list, like it is ours, heading to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park is an obvious thing to-do.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
At the start of the list, we said this top-5 was all about family-friendly things to-do, focused on history. So this top-5 would not be complete without this museum.
The only reason the National Museum of American History isn’t #1 on this list is due to it being closed for COVID-19. However, if you’re looking for D.C. staycation ideas after November 21, 2020, this museum will again be available. And in all honesty, it’s worth visiting just to see Abraham Lincoln’s top hat (check the video above).
This is a must-visit museum, just remember to check the website for updates regarding its re-opening in November.
National Building Museum
Sadly the National Building Museum is temporarily closed because of COVID-19. However, just like the Smithsonian, it is also expected to re-open in 2020, there just isn’t a date yet.
If you have a budding architect or city planner in your family, the National Building Museum’s re-opening is worth keeping an eye out for as it takes a comprehensive look at design, architecture, construction, engineering, and urban planning.
Your kids will have the opportunity to learn exactly what it takes to build breathtaking buildings, plus you might all get to play with Lego. And that’s an instant reason to add this museum to your D.C. staycation ideas list (in our opinion at least).