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DC area with kids

26 Jun 2007  DC area parent of three
3.0 of 5 bubbles based on 7 votes

Fun, affordable things in the DC Metro area with young kids

  • 1. Lake Fairfax County Park Campground
    Lake Fairfax County Park Campground, Reston, Fairfax County

    This is a great park with a beautiful lake, small Carosel (fee) and The Water Mine - a fun little water park for the under-12 crowd. Shallow water, lazy river, lots of slides make this a great way to cool off on a sunny summer day! There is a discount coupon on their website as well.

  • 2. Reston Zoo

    A wierd and wonderful amalgam of petting zoo, safari and gatorland. Pay extra for the food and baby bottles for the lambs, goats, pigs and llamas. Pony rides (also extra) and safari to see zebras, camel, longhorn cattle, etc. OK, they nickel and dime you to death, but the kids love to get up close and personal with the animals.

  • 3. Cabin John Park

    This is a great playground in a wooded area. Slides, swings and climbers of various levels satisfy all little monkies. It has great shade and stays cool even on the warmest days. There is a little train here that runs around the park and the ride is beautiful. (fee)

  • 4. Smithsonian Institution
    Smithsonian Institution Building, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Downtown DC, on the Mall, come see your tax dollars at work. There are too many museums to see in one day, all for free. The Air and Space is a kiddo favorite, as is the Natural History. Also, when the weather is good, take time to do the walk all the way from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial - great for tiring them out.

  • 5. The Metro

    Both a great mode of transportation and a fun activity. The all-day pass is great for weekends and allows you to get on and off wherever you want.

  • 6. National Zoological Park
    National Zoological Park, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    This zoo is gradually entering into the 21st century with a new Panda habitat and soon-to-come new elephant house. It is in a beautiful outdoor setting but the slope is steep, so your best bet is to start at the bottom and work your way back up! And of course FREE (except for parking)