Why DC is a Must for a Long Weekend with the Kids

Washington D.C. is compelling for visitors of all ages, but a long weekend voyage with school-aged children is an absolute must. In addition to the eye-appealing monuments and rich historical offerings of the National Mall, there are several lesser known treasures in the city such as the Residences at Ritz-Carlton.

The Residences at Ritz-Carlton provide the perfect home away from home on your exploratory vacation. Located near the Golden Commercial Triangle in D.C.’s West End neighborhood, the hotel condominiums at 1111 and 1155 23rd St. NW offer one to four bedroom apartments ranging from 900 to 2,700 square feet, ensuring enough space for everyone. All visitors get access to the nearby LA Fitness Sports Center as well as the top-notch services and staff for which Ritz-Carlton is world-renowned. Those looking to stay closer to the Georgetown area will be similarly pleased with the Residences at The Ritz Carlton Georgetown located at 3150 South St. NW which is a converted pre-war factory building featuring a beautiful 130-ft smokestack. The 28 hotel condominium residences all feature high ceilings, spacious layouts and stunning views of the Potomac River.

Now that you’ve arranged your accommodations, let’s talk about the best spots to take the kids.

1.) Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum:  Conveniently located on the National Mall and within walking distance to other sought-after attractions, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum provides the opportunity to get close to life-size airplane models, satellites and space artifacts. Inspire your little astronaut with a visit to the Apollo to the Moon and Lunar Exploration Vehicle exhibits.

2.) National Building Museum:  Located near DC’s famed Chinatown District is the National Building Museum, an institution dedicated to sharing America’s greatest accomplishments in architecture, engineering and design. This museum is geared towards interactive learning, giving children and adults hands-on experience with scale models, robotics and much more. Festivals like Discover Engineering Family Day (in February 2015) give families a chance to learn together.

3.) Smithsonian Zoological Park:  Considering “the nation’s zoo” admission to the Smithsonian Zoological Park is complimentary every day, visit the American Bison exhibit to learn about how species have influenced history, or visit Panda cub Bao Bao who’s now on exhibit on the Asia Trail. A trip to the zoo also provides an opportunity to explore the lesser frequented, yet scenic, neighborhoods of Adams Morgan, Cleveland Park, and Upper Dupont.

4.) Bureau of Engraving and Printing:  Teach your children the real value of the dollar with a trip to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. With tours taking place every 15 minutes, you’ll get a chance to see where the nation’s currency is printed, stacked and examined for imperfections.

5.) Discovery Theatre at the S. Dillon Ripley Center:  Geared toward children ages two to 16, the Discovery Theatre features live performances daily at 10 AM and 11:30 AM that spotlight American culture, living history and science as well as math-related programming to entertain and engage young minds.

Safe Travels….. Hotelhomes.com team.

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