Tidal Basin with Kids – DC

Tidal Basin  Info:

  • City: Washington, DC
  • Type: Park
  • Outdoor or Indoor? Outdoor
  • Age Range:
    • Good for Babies? Yes
    • Good for Elementary? Yes
    • Good for Teens? Yes

Hours & Tickets

  • Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
  • Free or Paid? Free
  • Cost: Free
  • Advance Tickets Required? No

Tidal Basin  Amenities

  • Restrooms? Yes
  • Parking Type? Lot
  • Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible? Yes

More Info:

the Tidal Basin is not just for tourists! It is a great place for a family walk on a Sunday afternoon with plenty of room to socially distance! The entire Tidal Basin Loop Trail is 2.1 miles with the Jefferson Memorial on one side, MLK monument a little farther down and tons of iconic shots of the Washington Monument. My kids loved ducking under the branches, watching fisherman and skipping ahead (you just can’t see their smiles from under the Paw Patrol mask!) Some tips below!⁣

🅿️ – We parked at the Parking Area near the paddle boats off Maine Ave. SW. It is metered parking and does cost money (even on Sundays!) but it is super convenient. There were dozens of spots even at 3 PM on a Sunday. ⁣

😷 – There were other families on the path but everyone was maintaining social distance. For much of the loop, there are 2 parallel paths, one for walkers and one more for bikers. Once you get to the memorials, there is tons of space to spread out. ⁣

🍦- Not many food options in this area. There are the food trucks off 14th street for a treat (but low expectations and high cost). The Wharf is a relatively close (probably drive) area for tons of great options!⁣ https://www.instagram.com/p/CFqYMCFBFiR/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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Note: This entry was created in Summer 2021 and will be updated on a quarterly basis. Some of the information may be incorrect, especially with re-opening schedules changing hours and ticketing procedures. Please double check with the location for up-to-date info. Thanks so much for understanding!

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