Free Washington, D.C. attractions for both kids and adults

by Susan Holmes on February 22, 2010

The National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

The National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

1. National Air and Space Museum

While the entire family will enjoy viewing the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world, many activities are geared to kids. Science demonstrations, for example, are offered throughout the day. Kids will also enjoy the gallery, “How Things Fly” which is devoted to explaining the scientific principles that enable aircraft to fly. It’s located at 6th Street and Independence Avenue, SW, near the Residence Inn Washington, D.C. Capitol and the Holiday Inn Washington Capitol (both very family friendly hotels).

2. The National Zoo

The Zoo occupies 163 acres and has over 400 animal species. The panda exhibit is one of the most popular attractions. Even though Tai Shan was recently sent to China, his parents, Tian Tian and Mei Xiang are still there. Located at 3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW; The Omni-Shoreham Hotel offers an upscale stay near the Zoo.

Tip: There are two different Metro approaches to the Zoo. If you prefer an uphill climb, exit Metro at the Woodley Park/Zoo station. If you prefer a downhill walk, exit Metro at the Cleveland Park station.

3. National Postal Museum

This museum has exhibits devoted to the history of mail delivery dating from the pre-revolutionary war era, and the evolution of mail delivery in the U.S. Kids will like visiting the Ford Education Center which has interactive computer kiosks. Located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE; For a stay near the Postal Museum, consider The Liaison Capitol Hill.

- Susan Holmes

[Flickr/Smithsonian National Postal Museum]

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