You'd be hard-pressed to find a more popular zoo than the famed Washington DC attraction. The Smithsonian's National Zoo is a must-visit whether you're vacationing in DC for the first time, or making a seasonal pitstop. Not only will your kids gawk at the creatures in the Amazonia, Cheetah Conservation Station and other exhibits, but they'll love getting involved with daily programs such as kids' farmkeepers talk and meet and greets with the animals. Perhaps the most esteemed aspect of the zoo is its tireless conservation work.
Our nation's capital is about more than just politics. It offers a wide variety of must-sees and must-dos, ranging from world-class museums and renowned restaurants to top notch jazz clubs and beautiful outdoor parks. There are plenty of grownup things to do here, but the best things to in Washington DC with kids are equally plentiful, and fun for parents too.
Among the best things to do in DC, the city's top attractions do their best to cater to kids too. Visiting the White House, for example, can be fun for kids and might foster a love of history or changing the world. The sheer number of museums in DC means there's surely one or two that the kids will love, and all offer kid-specific activities.
DC also has plenty of outdoor activities, from waterfront parks to hiking opportunities. Paired with the National Zoo and the Botanical Gardens, you and your little ones can get plenty of fresh air while touring around the city. Whatever you do, you'll surely deserve a meal at the best restaurants in DC, with or without the kiddos.
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