Washington D.C. Kids Activities and Things to Do

The Best Family City – Washington D.C. Kids

Washington, D.C. is my favorite city with kids in the US! I am a bit biased because we have lived here for 10 years. But this city is much more than just history and politics. DC has beautiful parks, free museums, world-class restaurants and incredible neighborhoods.

Washington D.C. Kids social distancing activities
Washington D.C. Kids Restaurants

Washington D.C. Area Kids Playgrounds & Activities

Best Playgrounds in DC

When to Travel to Washington D.C. with Kids?

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) Smithsonian museums during your visit!

Best Place to Stay in Washington D.C. with Kids?

It can be a challenge to find the best family hotels in Washington, DC among all the options! Don’t worry! I’m here to help with a list of 7 my favorites for kid-friendly hotels: 6 in DC and 1 just across the river in Virginia.

My #1 recommendation is the Hyatt House at the Wharf in Southeast

Hyatt House at the Wharf is the most recommended family-friendly hotel in DC. Great outdoor pool on the roof! Extended stay hotel suites with kitchenettes, close to attractions, waterfront views and 20+ restaurants right outside the hotel’s doors. And the National Mall is only 3 blocks away!

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.

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

Washington D.C. with Kids quadrant
  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.

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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