Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD, are two of the most diverse cities in the country. The best part of both cities is that while you explore, you can mix education into the fun. Kids will be so busy having fun that they won't even realize they are getting a great education, too--and you won't break the bank! Check out these family-friendly things to do in D.C. & Baltimore:
- National Mall. Get some exercise with your family as you explore the many monuments on the National Mall in D.C. The mall is home to the World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Vietnam Women's war memorials. You can also visit the Lincoln monument. Note that the Washington monument is closed to the public until 2019. Visit the Korean monument at night to see the full design come to life.
- Smithsonian Museums. Located primarily around the National Mall, the Smithsonian museums are home to an amazing array of artifacts. Choose the subject your kids like the most from American History to Air and Space, and indulge. The museums are free of charge.
- Rock Creek Park. Escape the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas of D.C . while enjoying time outside in Rock Creek Park. The park is a beautiful, quiet area to explore. There are many biking and walking trails to enjoy, and you can also visit a nature center and planetarium to mix in the educational component.
- Fort McHenry. Visit the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner for free. Fort McHenry is a short ferry ride from downtown Baltimore. There are guided tours that explain the history of the battle and the national anthem.
- Go stargazing in Baltimore. Spend family time under the stars as learn about astronomy with the Maryland Science Center at the Inner Harbor. The program is on Friday nights and starts at 5:00 pm.
The best part of these activities is they are all free. Grab the kids, don't forget your camera, an extra SD card, and some extra batteries and make lasting memories in and around our nation's capital.