DC with Kids

DC with Kids – One of the Best Family Cities!

Washington, D.C. is my favorite city in the US to visit with kids! I am a little bit biased because we have lived here for 10 years. But poke around this blog a bit and I think you will agree that DC offers so much for kids of all ages. It is much more than just history and politics!

When to Travel to DC?

DC is a wonderful city year-round but I would say my favorite seasons are Spring (cherry blossoms!) and Fall (turning of the leaves, markets). The summer is a popular time to visit but part of the city was built on a swamp and the heat and humidity are really bad in those months. If coming in July and August, be sure to sprinkle a lot of free (air-conditioned) museums during your visit!

Best DC Neighborhoods to Stay in with Kids

DC is divided into 4 quadrants radiating from the Capitol building. It is not a super large city as it is only about 10 miles wide and 8 miles long. You will usually be just a walk or Metro ride away from each attraction.

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From personal experience and consulting other local parents, the top neighborhoods to stay in include:

  1. The Wharf, Southwest DC: Great location on the waterfront with views of the memorials, walkable to the National Mall, 20+ restaurants, and boardwalk swings!)
  2. Woodley Park, Northwest DC: Beautiful historic neighborhood near the National Zoo, lovely cafes, and a national park nestled in the city, Rock Creek Park.
  3. Capitol Hill, Southeast DC: Wonderful neighborhood of historic row houses, corner parks, charming cafes, and the delicious Eastern Market.

Check out my Best Family Hotels in DC list here for great hotels!


I wrote a list of 10 Fun Facts About Washington, D.C. for Kids (did you know, there’s a Darth Vader gargoyle on top of the National Cathedral?!)

Questions about your DC with Kids trip?

If you have a specific question for traveling to DC with Kids, please leave a comment below and I would love to help or send me a message on Instagram! ????

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