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1. Smithsonian National Zoological Park

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Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Surroundings
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5
Services nearby
5

Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-633-4888

Guy: Zoo


Review: "A fun place for kids to explore!"

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Alex Pierce: If you are a local or just visiting from out of town, the National zoo is a must go-to location. They have a wide array of animals to sight see and interactive learning activities throughout the park. Entrance is free for everyone, but you should note you do have to download tickets before entering. You can bring your own food in, no alcohol is allowed in from outside but is sold within the park. As a local, I come here for the experience and also to walk when it is warm outside. Parking is slightly a hassle as you have to find parallel parking on the narrow streets of DC, the zoo also has parking but it is $30 per car. The shows are now back, which i really enjoyed this interactive bird show hole I was there. My only suggestions are removing the lines for indoor exhibits. Masks are not required nor is social distancing within the park, but they limit the amount of people in some of the indoor exhibits causing extensive lines which took about 15-20 minutes to get inside. Also, the bathroom facilities were not clean and did not have paper towels. Additionally, there was hardly an security and no one checking bags at entrance. Just a heads up I also went on Memorial Day weekend, in the morning there wasn’t much of a crowd but after 12 there were so many people it was difficult to walk. I would recommend during the weekday or coming at opening if you want less crowd. Overall though I had a wonderful experience and will be back.

Sassy Sauce: The zoo is great and we really enjoyed the experience. You have to request tickets ahead of your visit. You can print them or it can be scanned on your phone/tablet. Not overly crowded when we arrived around 11 am. Some of the vendors were closed but for the most part everything was open and easily accessible. You have to walk a lot so I advise parent to bring strollers and any buggy/cart for the smaller kids. I overheard some younger people complaining about the strollers but it’s a lifesaver during the visit. There are carts you can rent as well but bring your own to save money. Also, bring your own food, drinks, snacks etc. The prices for food and souvenirs isn’t crazy expensive but we managed with our own snacks. We only bought ice cream for the kids and a small toy. Definitely recommend for young kids and all the young at heart. The animals were delightful to see.

Melissa C: You need to make reservations if you want to visit. I reserved my tickets a week in advance. I left my car parked in the parking garage and then took public transportation to the zoo. Street parking around the zoo is limited. Once in, I just took in the breathtaking environment. It was organized, clean and you can just walk around looking at the animals and the people. It was truly a lovely experience.

Aaron Ochse: Really wonderful experience. Great zoo. 6 year old niece had a blast. Pandas were playful and active. Other animals really diverse and beautiful. It’s a pleasant experience and the zoo is laid out really nicely and clean. Perfect day! Tickets free as well but book in advance.

Sherlock Holmes: Great place and it's free. Kids will love it. Ample vending machines n places to relax. Parking could be a challenge but you can find street parking meters around the zoo. Overall best place for the entire family and a good amount of walking. Must visit !

Bianca Chang: There are many animals living in this zoo. Panda is one of the many highlights. Most of the walking path is covered by trees to avoid direct sunshine. There are many chairs and tables to allow visitors to rest or catch a bite. It's clean and orderly. The animals all look healthy and happy. We were lucky to run into some feeding times. It's amazing to see animals' food and how they eat. Due to advance, online ticket reservations, it's not crowded and parking is not a problem. It's a family friendly place to visit. I highly recommend it for any ages.😃

Tiffany L: Excellent zoo and the best part its free! Wide pathways and the best animals to see. The pandas were the best. If you go early it is not crowded at all. Many restrooms and snacks throughout entire zoo. Our favorite were the pandas and the bears. We will definitely be back! The maps are posted but not handed out so print a copy if you want before you go.

Kimberly Menjivar: I love love love this zoo. I had the greatest experience being here. Get there early and wear your most comfortable shoes. Lots of walking. It cost 30 dollars to park your car inside. Make sure you reserve your ticket. Don’t forget to do that. I drove all the way to this zoo because this is the only place close to me that have PANDAS!!!! Yes pandas. Any panda lovers I recommend taking the drive to go see them in person. Everything is section out nicely. We ate the bbq food at the food center and it was really good. Try to get food at a decent time because their food runs out. Highly recommend this zoo. Take your family and kids !!!!

Julie Helms: Lovely shade for the walkways throughout the zoo. Food and drink stations strategically placed so you can get something easily. Smooth walkways so good for strollers and wheelchairs. Some interesting animals I had never seen in person like the ant eaters and Pandas. The elephant sanctuary had a nice interactive facility.

Leilani-Z: Great experience! Beautiful zoo with lots of exhibits and educational areas. We parked onsite. The process was easy. We arrived around 9:30am and it didn't start getting crowded until around 11:30-12. The best part was the Pandas. There are so many different areas to view them.

2. United States Botanic Garden

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United States Botanic Garden
Surroundings
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5
Services nearby
5

Address: 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-225-8333

Guy: Botanical garden


Review: "Childrens garden is so cute and fun for kids."

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ThePinkfreak805: A really beautiful and enjoyable place! They’ve got some really awesome plant species here! The tropical room is especially great! Not only is it beautiful, but with the humidity you’ll really feel like you’re in the rainforest! Also very cool to see the endangered plants you aren’t likely to see anywhere else.

Sara García: If I could, I would never leave this place. From the moment you approach the building, your can see and, more importantly, smell the wonderful collection of plants everywhere. My all-time favorite part of the grounds, the section I visit every time I'm in DC. is the nook in Zone 5 with the carnivorous plants- something you definitely don't see every day! Find a bench to rest in your favorite zone, track down every single species of plant, learn about different gardening techniques, or hang out in the canopy walk of the rain forest to catch some awesome views of the city. Either way, make sure you swing by on your next visit to DC!

Alex Navarro: Always lovely. The inside and outside gardens are full of flowers. Great place to take kids. They even have a children’s garden where kids can plant something and water it. So cute! You can spend a lot of time here if you like, but you can also easily see everything in about an hour.

Richa Rashmi: This is such a delightful retreat for an afternoon lunch or just a date in the different ecotones of the world. You could walk into a completely tropical climate full of tropical trees that have terrace views, or walk into a desert of cactus. There’s a section on medicinal plants followed by rare and endangered species which is mind blowing. I absolutely loved my shortest trip to Hawaii and then to a garden of orchids and roses. Be sure to checkout the inner and outer gardens. There are interesting wall murals of tea from China and other such use. But the most amazing part was the TOILET. Yes, you heard it right. It’s full of ornamental plants that smells amazing and the sound of water and birds will make you feel you’re in the cleanest part of the world, unlike what public restrooms are known for.

Colten Adams: The BEST indoor botanic garden conservatory I've ever been to. The ceilings are incredibly high and there are catwalks to walk high above the plants. It is very hot and humid inside so I'd recommend dressing light. If you enjoy plants I would highly recommend these botanic gardens. The exterior gardens are not the best I've seen, but the indoor ones definitely are.

Jeremy Andra: The botanical gardens are a beautiful hideaway from the normal everyday views of the world. An amazing display of some of the wonderful offerings this world has to offer in the way of beautiful plants and miscellaneous greenery. We were shocked to find there is no charge to see any of this and would highly suggest you stop in and check it out.

abdiel blas: I have had a great experience here. The gardens are very well kept. Nice place to get fresh air or as a romantic date. I will say they may need a little bit of better signage to let you know exactly where you're at. I found it a little difficult to read the map with the numbers. Other than that I highly recommend Botanic Gardens!!!

Ryan Brunk: Good staff outdoor gardens were very nice. I was a little underwhelmed with the size of the greenhouses but they were extremely well cared for. The whole facility indoor and out showed the care of its staff. Most impressive collection is orchids but pay attention as they are spread all over the facility. Don't forget to look up as well as down.

Hyo Jin Moon: Beautiful garden that is open to the public for free. There are spots where you can sit and enjoy the weather and also the indoor green house that has so much to see (and learn. Lots of educational components). I highly recommend visiting here with kids of all ages.

Ben Matthews: If you’ve spent the day walking up the mall and around the museums, then this is a fantastic place to unwind. The glasshouse is beautiful in its own right, and features plants from many different climates. And the outdoor gardens are equally lovely. Definitely worth a stop if you’re near the Capital Building.

3. Insomnia Escape Room DC

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Insomnia Escape Room DC
Surroundings
4.4
Location
4.3
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.8
Services nearby
4.3

Address: 2300 Wisconsin Ave NW #200b, Washington, DC 20007, United States

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 9PM

Telephone: +1 202-838-3258

Guy: Escape room center


Review: "Lots of fun and creative escape puzzle."

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Safiya Parker: A blast! So this is my 3rd visit in the span of 5 years. It was an impulsive activity, we were heading to DC Saturday evening & read the description of the rooms while in the car. We were able to schedule the Alchemist room for 5 people at 915p. Luckily had it all to ourselves or it would've been crowded. Note, you can very much pass the building if not careful as its in a building you have to get buzzed into. I like puzzles and we did escape! So that's always the best feeling. Would recommend and do it again.

Kev- keepingitreal: Great place for entertainment, but this location is hidden away on a side street with a small outdoor sign that is hard to identify. This location has some limited free street parking and a limited paid meter street parking.

Aamiyah Peters: Blake was the best! Very patient, kind and helpful. I had a lot of fun. We played the patient, and it almost got us but we got out with about 20 minutes left. I would recommend for first timers, people who are experienced, and family and friends. Great experience and I would come again. :)

Isaac Moscoso: The mafia room is very high quality and fun! Cleverly put together but extremely linear meaning there are no concurrent puzzles or things that others can focus on while one task is being accomplished which can be counted as a pro or con depending on your preference. We had a good time

Dorothea French: Overall nice. We had to reschedule to The Patient room. The room was good, and fun to do with friends, but not the most immersive I've been in -- a few props were tattered, and it had a feeling of a bunch of things in a room rather than an entire world. However, the inclusion of tech was interesting! It's worth a visit.

Clara Ferrari: Blake was incredible and we had an amazing time! I did a room here 5 years ago and am so happy to have returned, love how they’ve expanded/grown. Would definitely return! Great air conditioning and clean facilities too!

Mason Roberts: Honestly one of the most well thought out and enjoyable rooms my fiance and I have done to date. The customer service was phenomenal as well. The only reason I'm not giving 5 stars is because the website stated $28 per person but we were charged $57. Our fault for not asking why, but that's a really high price for a room

Darius D: It was a good room. But giving 4 stars instead of 5 because some of the items in the room were not working. We lost about 10 min because we were looking for something that didn’t work. Other than the the staff was very friendly, helpful, and accommodating.

Robert Warrington: Did the Mafia Room for a second date, went really well and we escaped which is of course a very important part of wooing someone. Would love to return and try more of the rooms and some of the VR experiences as well. Off street parking was very available and there is quite a bit of food in the area too.

cory carter: This was the worst escape room experience I've ever had (and I've completed several). Poor room monitoring, faulty props, no clock, no 5-10 minute warning....Whoever was on staff 5/21/22 around 6PM is a major liability to this establishment. While expressing our frustration to the game monitor (a different monitor than the one we started with), we found out that there was a shift change while we were playing so the room was basically left unattended. They knew what they did (or didn't do) and we also pointed out the defects within the room. They honestly didn't care. Seriously...go anywhere else but here. To start, our room (the mafia) was not properly reset between our group and the last group. As is the case with any room, finishing requires the room is properly arranged and that the instruments in the room actually work ...they did not (i.e. cash register was out of ink and the lock next to it was stuck). Fair enough...things break down; I get that. But when things aren't working as required, the staff is supposed to be on hand to help....they weren't.... We waived our hands to asked for help and it took well over 15 minutes for someone to respond. When they finally did respond, we discovered that our math was spot on but the lock was stuck. They literally asked us (midgame) to confirm our math with our cell phones since the adding machine they provided (as a major prop within the room) was broken...Resolving that issue alone wasted 25% of our time. No cool....

4. United States National Arboretum

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United States National Arboretum
Surroundings
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5
Services nearby
5

Address: 3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-245-2726

Guy: Arboretum


Review: "Good for kids and grown ups ;)"

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Eduardo Moser: We visited during cherry blossom days. They have a great variety of cherry trees and magnolias. It is a complement to know different cherry blossoms from those of the Tidal Basin. There is no proper public transportation, so the place is fairly free of tourists. We came to this place by car on the recommendation of a friend who lives in DC. The Bonsai collection is amazing. There is much to walk and explore. On a plain they have mounted the original columns of the Capitol. Bring some snacks and drinks, because there is no service in the place. Access and parking is free.

Laurie Zabala: Beautiful landscaping. Very tranquil & relaxing walk through the extensive herb garden. The Bonsai museum is a must. Great place for a picnic. The National columns are stunning. Entrance is free. Be sure to use the restroom at the visitor center when you first arrive because you'll do alot of walking & that's the only restroom on the grounds. Bring a water bottle & snacks as there is no restaurant on site. Definitely a treasure that's worth the trek to the east edge of DC.

Marty Shaw, Author, RCA, BCMA: Great experience! Just go! I was there in early spring and the colors were amazing. So many different specimens of plant material I never see commercially. They have an amazing assortment of unique things you won't find anywhere else. It was a real treat.

Da-Wang Wu: We came here in late April, and the Azalea blossoming was pretty amazing! Walking on the trail with the Azalea blossoming along the way was very nice. Parking inside the park can be tricky, so we parked in the lot right next to the entrance and walked 5-10 minutes to the main campus. Overall, it’s a beautiful place, and I would definitely come back.

CJ: Depending on when you visit the US National Arboretum, something different is peaking. In mid April, the fruit trees were just past peak, but the lilacs shrubs were close to full bloom. As I strolled thru the lilac grove, the soft lilac fragrance permeated the air. One of the US National Arboretum’s most prominent and a little puzzling landmarks is the old Corinthian National Capitol Columns residing on the Ellipse Meadow. The US National Arboretum was not the column’s intended home when they were quarried back in the early 1800s. Originally, the columns were built as a part of the east portico of the US Capitol Building now located about 3 miles away from the US National Arboretum. By the 1860s, when the dome of the Capitol was completed, the columns were deemed inadequate to support the new dome. It wouldn’t be until the mid 1980s before the columns would find their final home at the US National Arboretum. Twenty-two of the original 24 columns are on majestic display in Ellipse Meadow. During our trip to the US National Arboretum in mid April, the Azaleas were just starting to bud and bloom. So no good pictures this trip. Peak time for the Azalea garden at the arboretum is late April. I hear the Azaleas are a beautiful sight when the hillside is painted with splotches of different colors.

Omar Abu-sabha: It is a great place to walk and enjoy the area's vegetation. The Japanese and Chinese pavilions are very interesting, although they are closed in winter. The old columns of the capitol are without a doubt a must if you like photography.

Melissa B: Despite living in the DC area for over 30 years, I had never been here. What an oversight! The National Arboretum is beautiful and interesting. Everyone there, staff and visitors, were very friendly. I'll be bak again.

Karthikeyan Rajaram: Luck is when you run into a beautiful place like this without planning. Better luck is when you get into it in the company of a person who used to volunteer at this place. We didn’t really plan to be at the arboretum, considering that the Spring is still not Springy enough. We had seen enough of Cherry Blossoms in the Tidal basin area that we thought we could do something else. We just made it to this place on recommendation from one of our relatives, who also accompanied us. Since he was a volunteer here, he helped us navigate and gave us so much insights about the different kinds of plants, flowers, bonsais and the what the lovely people who work here, do. We drove around this place and still got to see more cherry blossoms, along with different other species of flora. The enchanting Bonsai museum is a must visit as it did take our breathes away. The old columns of the capitol and the grove of different state trees are some of the special features of this place. The flowers were not in full blossom and we definitely look forward to checking this place again in summer.

Logan Heilman: Visited for the Bonsai event they were having and had a blast. All the vendors were great and the museums bonsai and penjing exhibit was phenomenal. Will definitely be back.

Elisabeth “Beth” Ostrander: We only had about an hour and headed to the bonsai area. Wow! To see living gifts from Japan and China that were started and cared for since before the birth of our nation was truly outstanding. Befitting our National Arboretum! Will return to see more treasures!

5. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Surroundings
4.4
Location
4.3
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4
Services nearby
4.5

Address: 600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, United States

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: +1 202-633-2214

Guy: National museum


Review: "Always fun for the kids."

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Cat Lady: This is a must see for everyone! This museum is huge! It encompasses this history of aviation in America and around the world. That particular day the museum was super crowded yet we were able to navigate it due to its size and organization of the exhibits. In regards to being accessible it was well laid out and accessible for my scooter. The bathrooms were also easy to navigate. My one complaint is that they have a scattered array of benches. In some areas there are more than enough and in others there are no where near enough for those that may need to take a break and sit down. My favorite exhibit was the one on the space ship. I also like how they have ramps all throughout the building to be able to see the air craft from all levels. Two other areas that could improve are the fact that they do not have any cafe or place to have lunch. You can get popcorn and soda if you are seeing one of the IMAX movies. You could literally spend all day here and it would be nice if there is a place where you could get a small lunch. Also, they had a private event going on and had an area blocked off where visitors should be able to see. We literally had to go around the entire building to get to the other side. They could’ve made a path for visitors to get through without having to run a marathon to see everything. This really is a great place to visit and it’s pretty amazing that these exhibits are over flow from the other museum.

Dragan Ange: I'm very grateful that I had a chance to visit this amazing Museum. Being able to see the remaining from the Apollo 11 mission and the landing on the moon, makes me very happy. This museum has very much to offer, plenty of airplanes and rockets, lot of history from the development of aircrafts. You can definitely learn a lot and be entertained. I highly recommend you to put this on your list while you are in Washington DC

Brandy Hoegg (Brandy Hoegg): What a great museum in the city to enjoy. If you love history and space, you should definitely check out the museum. A lot of exhibits were closed, however there was still plenty to do including watching the Discovery launch, touching a piece of the moon, reading about what happens to your body when you go to space, seeing space toilets, and different countries astronaut gear. There is an interactive exhibit where you can choose to ride in a space ship and complete a VR( virtual reality) experience, fly your own craft or ride a roller coaster… the prices for this ranged from $8.00 to $12.00 per person. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop and get your very own space suit, hat or mission patches for your backpack!! No tickets are required, however we waited an hour and a half in line to get into the museum.

Alex L.: Great museum to stroll around for a few hours. As others mentioned, there are some exhibits that are closed so I wouldn't treat this place as a main attraction to visit, museum wise. However, it is a great learning experience if your unfamiliar with USA space history and the early history of flight. Great crash course here. Definitely recommend if your in the Greater DC area. This museum is free admission as it's your federal tax dollars hard at work. They do have donation bins throughout the museum as well if you feel inclined to contribute.

Maya: I love it here !!! This was me and my husband’s first time visiting and we enjoyed ourselves. This is definitely a museum to bring your family , kids would love it and it’s very educational. They have stimulation rides for adults and children . There will be new exhibits in 2022 and they’re renovating as well so definitely go visit now and in the future.

Casey M: Really nice museum dedicated to space and air travel. They have some rockets and space suits along with some cool Wright brothers items. They are currently doing renovations, so many exhibits aren't available now, so it felt a bit light on exhibits. If you are looking for the best museums dedicated to space, I would definitely recommend Kennedy Space Center over this museum, but the fact that it's free makes it a great deal. I think once the renovations and new exhibits are added, it will be a five star place for sure.

Alic Wired: The museum is undergoing renovations and will at some point be closed down until late 2022. Many exhibits have already been removed, cafeteria is not functional. The line to get into the museum wraps around the building, taking 45 minutes to get into the building. It's a long, cold wait, so be prepared. Inside you will find a good narrative of the Wright brother's accomplishments, a kid's section on how we fly, old (many of them Soviet) space modules, rockets and parts, and an excellent hall dedicated to navigation on Earth and in space. The driving/flying simulator is worth visiting (and waiting 30 minutes for); it costs 8-12$, depending on the choice of a ride. I suggest the flight simulator after a few beers, as you can flip it around full 360 degrees and have a lot of fun. Here's hoping that the new and improved museum will bring its exhibits into the 21st century in late 2022!

Nik Kei: Going through a renovation so many areas are closed off and displays have been removed. It’s Great to see the our proud history of space travel and it was intriguing but far from my favorite museum. Talk to the guides. They are a wealth of information and very interesting facts.

Anthony Steele: Always a good place to check out. The exhibits are good to check out and see firsthand. A few places were roped off when we went. But still had a good time visiting. One of the most convenient museums on the national mall in my opinion.

Ganindu Madhawa: Absolutely a wonderful place to go through the development and astonishing discoveries in the Aviation industry and space exploration. You literally can just walk through the meuseum in 3-4 hrs but it would definitely take an entire session of the day to go through it worthfully. There are enough and more informative leaflets and virtual experience inside the meuseum. I loved walking inside the space shuttle and Touching the moonstone fragments. 😁

6. International Spy Museum

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International Spy Museum
Surroundings
4.4
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
4.1
Services nearby
4.3

Address: 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-393-7798

Guy: Museum


Review: "Fun for kids and adults alike!"

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Alabama OUTSIDErs: Let me start by explaining why I took one star off. The tickets are timed, and the museum suggests 2 hours as a sufficient amount of time to spend there. The day we went, we bought tickets for 2.5 hours before closing, thinking that should be enough time. In reality, though, with it being as crowded as it was, we would have needed at least 4 hours to do every activity. The museum is great, and there are a ton of interactive scenarios and activities that you are supposed to complete, if you really want to do the museum the way it's designed. However, you have to wait for other people to do the same activities, and that will add a significant amount of time to the visit. If you were in there completely by yourself, I could see maybe finishing in 2 hours. But obviously, that's not the reality. So we had to rush through without getting to do a significant portion of the interactive activities, and the kids were pretty disappointed. TLDR: The museum is worth the money, if you allot WAY more than 2 hours for it.
Response: Thank you for the intel, Agent. We recommend around 2-3 hours to have a successful mission, but know that all agents spy at different speeds. To avoid those wait times at interactive stations we suggest visiting during the off season or weekdays. Coming to SPY earlier in the day allows any guest to exit for a break and to return at any point for the rest of the day before the museum closes. We hope you will spy with us again soon! Guest Services Operative International Spy Museum 202.393.7798 guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org

Aaron Renshaw: Really fun time learning and playing. More than I expected from a spy museum with interactive content and unique missions for each player to reinforce content. The facility is top notch. Plenty of restrooms and seats throughout if you need a break. They have a coat closet area for storing coats and free lockers first-come first-serve for bags and purses. The gift shop at the end is big with lots of interesting items from trinkets and keychains to books and games. It's clear they wanted to make this an amazing experience. Mission Accomplished!
Response: Thank you for that wonderful debriefing, Agent Renshaw! We are happy to hear how much you enjoyed our new location at L'Enfant Plaza! In addition to seating all throughout the exhibits, we also allow all visitors to take breaks whenever needed. We hope you were able to get all the best gadgets at the Spy Store, and remember, spy stuff is cooler than regular stuff! Guest Services Operative International Spy Museum 202.393.7798 guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org

Klau Pao: We booked our tickets a month in advanced, they were $26 per person and there is a minor wait time when you arrive. You go up in an elevator and they give you a fun and cool welcome, then a code that you have to decipher throughout the museum. The museum is not too big but you still need plenty of time, there is so much to read and see, it is so cool and educational. I highly recommend it!!!
Response: Great debriefing, Agent Pao! We love that you purchased your tickets so far in advance! Undercover Mission is completely optional, but it helps guests make their way through the Museum a bit easier. It combines a fictional spy mission with real life espionage! We can't wait to spy with you again! Guest Services International Spy Museum 202.393.7798 guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org

Yvonne: The International Spy Museum is awesome! We were so happy that we got tickets and scheduled it as part of our trip. It was so much fun, even for just us adults! There was so much information and things to see. It is a great way to spend a couple of hours if not more. There is a wait for some of the interactive stations; however, it wasn't too bad. The gift shop had so much of everything. I would definitely go again if we are in the area.

The Maldonado’s: This place is amazing, full of eye opening information, and more. We watch the movie first, and then we were given a game mission. Kids, and kids like (me) love it. You’ll start from the top level and work yourself down to the shop. The shop is book heavy for the readers like me, but it has other stuff like shirts , mugs, and more. Modern and clean bathrooms on the back of the display rooms at all levels. Come with time, it is busy and there is a lot to look at. Drop a comment if I missed something.
Response: Thank you for your detailed review, Agent! We are happy to read that you enjoyed the experience and were able to embrace your inner child. Our Spy Store carries great gadgets, books, and spy-wear. After all, spy stuff is cooler than regular stuff! Guest Services International Spy Museum 202.393.7798 guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org

Andreja Kovač: Very cool museum for anyone who enjoys James Bond movies or spy thrillers. The museum offers a great blend of interactive activities with educational components. It's very entertaining for experts spy nerds and people who know nothing about spying. You will see ingenious devices that were used for spying and learn about how spies use technology. You will learn about great female spies. At the end of your visit pick up a small gift at the cool museum shop; I chose wooden and metal puzzles that play with perception and my family members loved their little gifts.
Response: Thanks for the debriefing, Agent Kovač! We are thrilled to hear about your successful mission! We hope to engage all audiences - spy experts and spy novices alike. With over 1,000 artifacts on display, there are many tools of the trade to explore. Thanks for exploring it all with us. Always remember, spy stuff is cooler than regular stuff! Guest Services International Spy Museum 202.393.7798 guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org

Al Liang: they said the recommended time to spend here is 2 hours when we entered, but we ended up staying for 7.5 hours because I read every single piece of text in the building. definitely recommend getting early tickets if you want to devour the entire museum’s content. a really fun and interesting time delving into the history of espionage and related topics!
Response: Hello Agent, Thanks for the intel! We're glad to see you definitely enjoyed your time here! There is a TON to do here, with over 1,000 artifacts, 2 dozen films, and interactives you can easily spend a whole day here at SPY. Some agents tend to get a bit tired after the 2 hour mark so we recommend pacing yourself through to see everything we have to offer. Guest Services Operative International Spy Museum 202.393.7798 guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org

Stephen Postier: The museum and history part was fantastic. We gave up on the interactive spy mission pretty early, as the lines for the computers for each part were pretty long. If you have kids that are into mysteries like that, it would be worth it, but plan for plenty of time (3+ hours). Otherwise the exhibits were great and you could easily visit this museum without completing the interactive part.
Response: Thank you, Agent Postier, for your review and feedback! We're glad to hear that the artifacts and exhibits were a highlight of your visit to the Museum! With about 1,000 artifacts on display, there is quite a lot to see. While the 'Undercover Mission' interactive is optional, guests are welcomed to partake in case they want to test their spy skills. The Museum does have a lot to offer, so guests are welcome to stay as long as they'd like, with most spending 2-3 hours. We hope to see you again, as the team is working on new material! Stay safe and stealthy! Guest Services International Spy Museum 202.393.7798 guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org

Lori Petersen: Wow!!! So much fun. Interactive screens to "test" your skills. So cool. Definitely wish the no stroller rule would have been followed. We spent about 4 hours!!! Awesome for older kids!
Response: Hello Agent Petersen, We are so thrilled to hear you had such a great time at SPY! We are happy to host you again anytime! Although we do limit the size of strollers in the Museum, we want to ensure the exhibits are accessible to all. Thanks for visiting, Guest Services International Spy Museum 202.393.7798 guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org

Inna Rudenko: It’s a very interesting place! Lots of stories about spies around the world! Real people, real life… During your trip you are involved to be a part of spy mission! We like it! Don’t forget there are two floors and takes around 3-4 hours to explore it!
Response: Great debrief, Agent Rudenko! Thanks for spying on us!

7. Georgetown Waterfront Park

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Georgetown Waterfront Park
Surroundings
4.7
Location
4.2
Possibility of Parking
4.7
Wifi
4.8
Services nearby
4.3

Address: 3303 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007, United States

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: +1 202-895-6000

Guy: National park


Review: "It’s fun place for kids in summer time."

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eriko p: An incredibly beautiful area to see the Potomac as well as strolling and people watching. We arrived quite early and all the waterfront restaurants were not open yet. There is a Starbucks nearby. However we were able to witness the rowers practicing this morning which was a plus! I would love to live here! The airplanes flying out of Ronald Reagan Airport can be seen and heard so that might need getting used to if I lived here! This is a 10 acre grassy park along the water. If one needs a sense of calmness and peace, come here! From the waterfront, it is easy to take one of the side streets up to M street where many of the shops and restaurants are located. We were fortunate to take a street which crosses the C & O canal!

Da-Wang Wu: Probably because it’s a cloudy day in the end of the fall, the park didn’t look as beautiful as I initially expected. However, I would love to come back in better weather and see if it’s more lively and beautiful. Since it’s very close to the canal, visitors can also plan for a walk along the canal, which is a very interesting and tranquil walk.

La Tisha Parkinson: Really lovely for a scenic night walk. We walked there on Friday night after 10pm and it was lively and felt safe because it was strategically well lit. Strategic in the sense that the lighting didn't ruin the mood but it was still illuminating. There were also a lot of restaurants on the stretch and also an AMC cinema and an ice cream truck parked nearby.

Kids Industry Prep LLC: This was the most beautiful place to visit! We made sure we got there very early! 8am. Street parking was abundant. I decided to take photos with my little model and she enjoyed the sites just as much as everyone else did that is until she had to go to the bathroom! 🤣 Luckily mom had a portable potty 🚽. We finished up with a few snapshots of her riding her bicycle with natural flowers she picked along the way. Take a look at some of the photos we took!

Nicolas Dakota: I was thinking to sale my kidney and make money for court . Lose job at 2016 ,several time by setup arrested and cause of that can not find job .I am not felony. Just couldn't pay $1500 monthly child support but keep paying $500 as I can by cutting grass for neighbors and dog walking. Anyway after walked front water this area understood life still beautiful. Recommend everyone stop by and feel atmosphere. Any advice in correct way and respect to law welcome 🙏

Wadud Safa: The best waterfront park in the DMV area. It’s always beautiful in all seasons. It’s a great place to walk with your family and friends. If you are new in town you definitely want to visit this place.

Manny G.C.: The Georgetown Waterfront Park is a national park completed in Washington, DC in the fall of 2011. Part of the Georgetown Historic District, the park stretches along the banks of the Potomac River from 31st Street, NW to the Key Bridge.

Tarang Srivastava: Very beautiful area especially in the evenings. Lots of restaurants with outdoor seating and plenty of parking nearby. The Halloween exhibits on display right now are very nice!

Tan Sav: Part of this park use to be a parking lot years ago. Definitely a nice place to walk, bike and people watch when the weather is good.

Jeovany Espino: This view of Georgetown was immaculate at night. We walked around to get this view. Well worth it

8. Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
Surroundings
4.1
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
4
Wifi
4.5
Services nearby
4.8

Address: 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20024, United States

Telephone: +1 202-426-6841

Guy: Pond


Review: "Great to visit with the kids."

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Yvonne: Absolutely beautiful. The perfect place to take a walk and to enjoy the day. Not many words can capture the whole feeling and vibe when strolling along.

Jose Ortega: Does it get better then this place? Sure the water is not that clean and there are so many people trying to take selfies that it can get nuts at times but if you go early in the morning, you can have the whole place to yourself. Walk around and just take it all in. Put the phone away and just enjoy it.

Saad Althabiti: Fabulous place to visit and have a nice walk, especially in the winter :)

Joered05: This place is very nice looking. The pool itself is very large and properly taken care of to maintain its clean looking water. The pool can be seen from the Lincoln Memorial and other structures in the area. I would reccomend walking by this pool if you get the chance!

Rodrigo Gonzalez: It is a fantastic place. The view is amazing. You can feel a very good vibe just by watching the landscape.

Naseer Faheem: Although we went on a cloudy evening, still lots of places to see.

James Walker: Great views from the Lincoln Reflecting Pool. Location for lots of iconic events, ceremonies and celebrations. Latest visit was during the unveiling of the new statues, commemorating the President's Dogs.

John Muhlhauser: I absolutely enjoyed my visit! Even though there is a partial government shutdown I saw no signs of trash or negligence here. It wasn't crowded so it made for some really good pictures to be taken. Also a good place for a walk, jog, or even just sit and admire the views

Rachel Milito your Realtor: The reflecting pool is a great walk and beautiful scenic views! Definitely recommend waking around the area and viewing the large fountain also. Loved seeing the veterans in this space as well it was heart warming. 💓

Kailash Mongar: What a amazing place to visit. Limited parking, be prepared to walk and have some water. Love to visit in coming days

9. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium

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Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium
Surroundings
4.7
Location
4.9
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.9
Services nearby
5

Address: 5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-895-6070

Guy: Tourist information center


Review: "We always have fun here."

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Jeffrey Blander: We love Rock Creek park! Whether on a quiet trail, spotting owls, deer, or raccoons, sit and reflect by one of the many small enclaves by the rushing water, drop by the zoo or nature center, or jog/walk along a more bustling part of the path. The park is one of our favorite places to take the family or get in some alone time.

Mister Jon: A neat stop, particularly for parents with kids under the age of 10. It's a free museum and offers a free planetary show in their planetarium. The planetary show was slightly underwhelming for adults. There's a small natural history museum as well.

Martin Brossman: Nice little park with sufficient parking and a fun little planetarium and visiting center as well. Looks like a great place to bring family and kids and getting a good walk.

Leif Engler: I love learning about the wild life but I want the Plaetarium to be open again.

Spencer S.: This is a great place to start a hike through Rock Creek Park. We did the Boulder Ridge trail and it was awesome!!

Day Harper: So the nature center and planetarium--whatever. It has a drinking fountain, a restroom, some exhibits that will help you learn about the flora and fauna of the park if you're into that kind of thing. The actual park is amazing. Miles and miles of very good trail, and plenty of places to feel like you're actually in the woods, without ever having to step outside of the city. Gorgeous picnic spaces where you can host a campfire picnic for free. If you live in DC and you like to hike or trail run, this is *not* to be missed.

Wes Dennis: Great place for a nature walk. The cicadas were loud and delightful, and with the heat they gave the place a rainforest feel. We also saw wrens and frogs!

Kamili Anderson: I'm in the park nearly every day with my dogs, walking or running on the quieter trails until I forget whatever is bothering me and just enjoy all that Nature gives so freely. RCP is truly a wonderful, sacred space. Let's respect and protect it for years to come!

Brian Merrell: Two and a half times the size of NY's Central Park, this is a bit of wild in the middle of the District. In addition to actual wildlife -- there are deer running through it -- the National Zoo is nearby. Great on weekends when they shut parts of the parkway down.

Lily Wang: Nice place to hike!

10. Washington Youth Garden

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Washington Youth Garden
Surroundings
4.3
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.7
Wifi
4.9
Services nearby
4.6

Address: 3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-544-8733

Guy: Education center


Review: "Beautiful peaceful place to go."

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Saemi Ledermann: Fantastic. I want to donate. Exceptionally well maintained.

Joyce Ann Jones Bagley: Beautiful peaceful place to go.

C Cordell izest Project: The gardens are very lovely and well-managed and just a spectacle for anyone who visits this Magnificent site! There is so much to take in.

purvis thurman: Staff/workers were very friendly, knowledgeable (and if they didn't have answers, they consulted others), and helpful; it is always a treat to visit there.

Jackie Crawford: Beautiful place

Tone & Things: nice place to relax

Sami Mujahed: Nothing much there.

kevin com: Great place

11. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Surroundings
4
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.3
Services nearby
4

Address: 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-633-1000

Guy: Natural history museum


Review: "Lots of fun for kids and they learn a lot too"

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Ian Bozung: The museum is a gem! It's 2 floors, tons of fun interactive exhibits, and it includes over 145 million specimens (99% of which are not visible). There's tons of halls, including mammals, dinosaurs, skeletons, ancient Egypt, human origins, pandemics, and more. Of course there's also the iconic elephant statues in the atrium. I would recommend 2-3 hours, maybe even 4 if you're going thoroughly to see everything. I would highly recommend if you're bored in DC and want something to do.

Luke Chang: Free museum. Great for kids. Lots of interesting exhibits. I went during Cherry Blossom 🌸 peak week so it was pretty crowded on a Saturday. I spent 3+ hours exploring. There’s 3 floors. Definitely recommend. There something for everyone.

Ashok Patel: This is one of the most visited and most popular museums in the world and it’s free (of course from our tax money). The museum has the largest natural history collection (145 million specimens) in the world. It is really interesting, informative and fun to delve into the story of our planet from the beginning and how the life evolved over a period of time. There are excellent exhibits for kids as well for all ages of people. Unfortunately, there is no public parking facility there. If you are lucky, you may get the metered parking otherwise you have to park in the commercial parking garages nearby. There is nice cafeteria with great food in the museum. There are lots of food trucks outside the museum serving variety of food. I loved the exhibit of minerals and gems. There are so amazing pieces of gems and rocks, I bet you have never seen before. There is so much to see that you can’t finish in one day. Some of the exhibits we even didn’t explore due to time constraints. But we will definitely go back and enjoy the same or remaining exhibits. It was busy but not too crowded, we didn’t have to fight for the space. May be it was a weekday, so it wasn’t too bad. This is a must see attraction in Washington DC.

Jennifer Crawford: We had a great time! There was no wait to get in, even with security screenings at the door. It was quite crowded both days we visited, but we were still able to see every exhibit in a reasonable amount of time. Masks are required throughout the building, but that was no issue for us. My 7 and 10yo LOVED all the exhibits and were blown away every time we rounded a corner. I highly recommend it if you're in DC!

Sassy Sauce: Great museum for kids and adults. We went on the weekend and it was packed with people but we were able to move around with moderate congestion. The gift store was reasonable and there was some unique items available. For the little ones, I would bring a stroller if you’re up to pushing it because their legs will get tired. There were places to sit but they weren’t plentiful. The food court was open but we didn’t purchase anything. You can bring your own goods and water inside the museum. There is plenty to see and read for everyone. Highly recommend for families with small kids (probably 2 and up)

Ken Miyakawa: For me was the most impressive collections of specimens from around the world I was able to see I can spend the whole day in here and not be able to watch everything. The dinosaurs bones was my favorite part this place is definitely for the whole family and I will strongly recommend to visit it! This will be in my top five favorite museums for sure. The only thing is they close at 5:30 pm I wish they close later because I will need at least Two full days to cover the whole place.

China Reese: This place is immense. Spent six hours there and still didn't get to see everything. Word to the wise? Plan ahead and tackle the exhibits you want to see the most first. The gemstone exhibit, located on the third floor, features some of the rarest jewelry in the world, including the Hope Diamond. The animal exhibit, located on the second floor, was my favorite as it featured life sized realistic replicas of wild animals. There is a cafe but forewarning, the prices are theme park rates. Food and drinks are not allowed with the exception of water and there is a security point check similar to an airport TSA check to ensure the safety of the public and artifacts. It was incredibly packed when we went so just keep that in mind if and when you decide to go. 10/10

bEp pen: Great museum, fun and informative for all ages, children and adults alike. So much to see. Give yourself a few hours to take in how much there is here. In addition to the Hope Diamond, there is an extensive gem and minerals exhibit. There is something for everyones interest. Best of all, the admission is free! We had planned on seeing both the Natural History museum and the American History Museums of the Smithsonian, but had time for just one that day. Will go back and do the same to properly explore just as we did at the Natural History Museum. It is centrally located from the other Smithsonian museums and very close walk to Smithsonian Metro Station.

Lu: First time in D.C. and loved visiting this museum. Spent 3hrs here enjoying the exhibits. Nice that it’s free so anyone can go to enjoy learning something new. Gift shop is a must too! If you do make the trip I’d say bring a snack or lunch if you don’t feel like buying food there. Unfortunately the Space and air museum was closed due to construction when I was there.

Tri Vo: No joke, one of the best museum I've visited period. There's a little something for everyone. The infos were great, the artifacts cool and beautiful. The whole place is well designed so one can just keep walking and walking without thinking that they are leaving one exhibit to another. But yeah, this place is amazing and would definitely recommend to anyone.

12. National Children's Museum

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National Children's Museum
Surroundings
4.5
Location
4.2
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.3
Services nearby
4.5

Address: 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9:30AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-844-2486

Guy: Museum


Review: "A decent place for the kids with some fun activities."

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Marcia Van Camp: We loved all the exhibits and we stayed for several hours with kids of various ages. It was definitely smaller than I expected so I hope they can expand in the future. Staff was incredible and they were so helpful kept their eyes out for the kids to make sure no one was separated. Loved all the help we had playing with circuits. There is small mother’s room but it only has room for 1 mom. They need a cafe with more options so definitely bring your own food. You may need to sit outside since the cafe is very small as well. I was also disappointed that the gift shop was so tiny. We wanted to get something cool for the kids that was STEAM related and there wasn’t much to choose from. Depending on where you park, look at the map for where the entrance is, Google sent us to a wall. Keep in mind that some exhibits change so be careful about getting the kids excited about a certain character like SpongeBob or Paw Patrol unless you confirm it’s still there

Meredith Raetz: Had a great time at the Children's Museum with our two year old! He loved all of the activities/exhibits, especially Thomas & Friends. There was a good assortment of things to do from physical climbing, dress up, building, exploring. Our little guy didn't what to leave one activity for the next, but always love the next one too! The space has a very clean and open feel and was not overly crowded.

Bernadette Bennett: Great place for kids to run around and have the best time. Bring socks! They have an amazing slide upon entering that kids and adults can go down from. You have to climb up the sections before being able to go down. There are several areas to play. I would suggest to go early since it does get crowded. My daughter wanted to come back during our trip.

Lydia Senchenko: I felt very uneasy after reading the negative reviews but we have an extremely energetic 1.9 yo, so I didn’t care at this point of our vacation - she needed to get her wiggles OUT. We were so happy to visit this place. It felt more like an indoor playground rather than a museum, but who cares? The museum is spacious, lots of different activities to keep you busy for 2-3 hrs (who can handle more I have no idea). It was about $18/person but I can’t put a price tag on a busy fun-having child! Overall, our child enjoyed it - we can’t ask for more.
Response: Hi Lydia, thank you for sharing more about your experience! We're so happy your little Dreamer had a blast exploring the Museum, and we hope you'll be back to dream alongside us again soon!

Cesse Ip: Great for the under 5 and under crowd. There is a lot to do here and can keep your kids entertained for hours. There is a 3-story slide, some science exhibits, a lot of interactive displays, and an art room. There are not clean sight lines, so it's not a "let your kid run around while you sip coffee in the corner" place. You can park at the Reagan building, but I'd encourage you to either take public transit or find street parking. The entrance is outside of 13th street, so it's a bit of a maze to find from the Reagan parking garage.

Nils Hünerfürst: I visited the NCM with my 4 and 2 year old kid and they had a lot of fun. Definitely a place to check out with your kids. Some things need some fixing because they don’t actually work as they supposed to do but all good.

joanne soh: Had a great time with my son at this place! They have 2 little movers areas that are suitable from 0-3yo! Other than that, let loose and explore, learning while having fun! Would recommend this place!

Marilyn: 15.95 PER person, regardless of age, rip off for this museum/ play area. I figured I would try it out for my daughter who is 2.5 to explore and burn off energy. I was completely WRONG! It was honestly a waste of money and time coming here. I would compare it to an indoor playground. Whoever thought of the interactive "play" items here clearly wasn't thinking of young kids or don't have kids themselves. We went early in the morning thinking that was the time time to go, but again I was wrong. Kids running everywhere not watching out for the younger ones. The parents no where to be found. Big kids in the small (3 and under) section, pushing, and running into each other. Only the 1st and 2nd floor were open, the 3rd floor was not. And seeing previous posts about Thomas the train, that was no where to be found. I definitely wouldn't go back again, but at least my daughter liked the paw patrol air blower (the only thing she really did like). That's why I gave it 2 stars, other than that it would be 1. Parking also was $20. Personally save your money coming here and go to an indoor playground park.

April Moyo: Loved it! Great for kids 5 and under in my opinion. Thomas and Friends exhibit is there now. Spent a smooth 90 minutes doing activities non-stop.

Briana Cooper: This was seriously the life of the party! My daughter was 18 months when we visited and she had a blast running around to all the different areas to explore. They had stuff for crawlers all the way up to young children like 9years old. It was a very cool experience and something fun just for them.

13. Discovery Theater

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Discovery Theater
Surroundings
4.3
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.9
Services nearby
4.7

Address: 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024, United States

Telephone: +1 202-633-8700

Guy: Performing arts theater


Review: "Little kids love all The Discovery Theather shows."

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Robert Pirtle: I've been invited to showcase one of the Mobile Education Productions shows. July, 12th thru to 15th.

Daniela Ochoa: Little kids love allThe Discovery Theather shows.

Melani Morelli: Great place to visit. An absolute must for everyone!

Maribel Perez: Excelente!!

14. Rock Creek Park

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Rock Creek Park
Surroundings
4.9
Location
4
Possibility of Parking
4.1
Wifi
4.7
Services nearby
4.8

Address: 5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States

Telephone: +1 202-895-6000

Guy: National park


Review: "Best place for kids to enjoy outdoor activities."

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Maame N: Great picnic areas. Spacious and clean spaces. Bathrooms were relatively clean for a park. No funky smell, well lit, and ac controlled. Kayaking, pedal boat, and row boat available on the lake. Playgrounds are really nice. Home/bike trail available too.

Mike Jones: A jewel in the heart of DC. A great escape from the city within the city. Great for biking, hiking, picnicking, bird watching, golfing, and more. I'm so grateful to live 5 minutes from Rock Creek for the past 25 years.

Kenneth Kilgour: Rock Creek Park is an underappreciated DC treasure. It's lousy with wildlife. It's tranquil. And it's nearby. Rock Creek has a nature center, hiking trails, and picnic areas, some with pavilions. Some of the roadways are closed to motor vehicles. Please do not feed the ducks; it violated Park Service rules, and it's harmful to the ducks, besides.

Dawn Anacleto-Tosca: Rock Creek is a total jem in the middle of DC. I love it there so much. So many awesome trails & for as long as I've been going I always find new trails and see new areas.

Esther Y: You can park anywhere with a picnic area. However, traffic can get pretty bad during the day. Lots of trees! There is also a biking path on the side :)

Rosie C: A great place to hike especially during the fall. There are different routes you can take all ranging in distance and intensity. Make sure you get back to your car before dark.

Jason Williams: One of my favorite parks in the DMV area. I've never had issues with parking and it's not as congested on the weekend as many other parks. The scenery is beautiful and I've never noticed any trash or water bottles lying around anywhere throughout the short time I've been coming here. It's a nice way to escape the feeling of being in DC without actually leaving DC.

Joe J.: This relatively large, beautiful park located in the city of Washington DC is a nice escape from the bustles and noises. There are a few nice spots like the amphitheater and a few trails that definitely shouldn't be missed. Overall, I find it amazing to have such a nice nature retreat in the middle of the city with such greenery. This place looks amazing in the summer with green leaves everywhere. The creek is also nice to follow!

Jessica Long: Beautiful paved trails. Wooded trails that were by the creek. It wasn’t the clearest which direction to go to stay in the main wooded region because there weren’t easily accessible or visualized signs with route maps. But lots of ground to discover.

EDP: Love this park. I wish I had more time to discover more of the location. There’s one section closed off to traffic which made it much more enjoyable.

15. The Escape Game DC (Georgetown)

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The Escape Game DC (Georgetown)
Surroundings
5
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.9
Services nearby
4.4

Address: 3345 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007, United States

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 12AM

Telephone: +1 202-410-3210

Guy: Escape room center


Review: "Super fun for kids and adults."

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Benjamin Flores: I brought my team here for a Team Building activity, it was great. The atmosphere in the main area was very chill and relax. The chess sets and giant Connect 4 was really cool. The Pirate Adventure was a lot of fun. The whole team had a great time solving the clues and escaping game. I would definitely recommend for team building or just going to have a good time.

Eric Hawkins: Our daughter chose to go to The Escape Game in Georgetown during her Make A Wish trip in June 2022. These guys and gals did an awesome job! We barely noticed that our little girl's favorite band, The Beatles, was playing over the PA when we started our room. It wasn't until we uncovered a clue that unlocked and interior door that we discovered just how far they had gone to make this visit special. The employees had placed a gift bag in the uncovered room behind he door. It was a Beatles bag with several goodies inside. Her favorite piece was the handmade music box that plays "Let it Be." We escaped our room with four clues with about 3:45 remaining; but, our best memory will always be how we were treated by the amazing staff. Thank you!

Diana: The Escape Game was an awesome experience. We entered with a party of 3 and awesomely had the room to ourselves. We chose the Dr Whack room and we had a ton of fun. This really an awesome experience and the staff is exceptional, especially Hyde. She really brought the experience to next level.

Jacob Jackson: We did it!! We escaped the titanic! 5th escape room. Much smaller than what I’ve done in the past but the fit a lot of FUN into a small room. Cool interactive experience, polite game leader, good hints when we needed them. Relatively straight forward, there are one or two things that I’m not sure you’d get without the hints. Nice rest rooms and lockers. Very neat waiting room. Would love to come back and try more. Not a great parking situation, but hey that’s what it’s like being a city slicker huh. Parking? Who’s she? Amirite

Ashleigh McNew: I’ve played all the games except the pirate one and they are all exceptional. Alex was my game guide today and he was top notch! This location is an excellent addition to The Escape Game!

la Au: Such fun. We are from new jersey and this wasy first escape room ans i was able to escape. The staff is great and helpful with the clues when need. Absolutely recommend and will come back on my next trip to Washington dc.👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

Sophia Guo: The rooms were fun and challenging, and the staff was great. Hyde took her time and was thorough in her explanations about each room and with all questions i had asked. It was extremely helpful because it was my friend's and I first time at an escape room so it took us a while to pick a room and she was very patient about it. From her enthusiasm to the cool/thrilling rooms, this made the whole experience fun and exciting. Also, you're not bored while waiting for your turn because the wait room have some board games like connect 4 and chess. Hopefully their bar will open up soon!

Tim K: Team members were very good and friendly. Reception area was huge and great for groups. We took on the Egyptian room with two adults and three kids. We’ve done over 50 rooms throughout the world. We finished the 60 minute room in 40 minutes and really felt let down. It was very ornate, but was really worn out and should be retired. Several key components did not trigger or were so visibly worn so you could tell what others did just by looking at the worn paint or materials. The puzzles they had were far too simple and lacked creativity. This felt like a ‘kit’ room and lacked the true love and attention mom and pop escape rooms put into much better escape rooms. One last note… the walls must be super thin. At one point we could not concentrate based on the yelling from the next room over. For this price, and considering they want you to pay for a guaranteed private room, this was a let down.

Julie F: I took two of my classes here for an end of the year field trip and it was a big hit all around. Ash and Alexis could not have been better and accommodating hosts. Most of the students had never been to a room and their audible screams of surprise were a clear sign of how much fun they had. Ash and Alexis walked everyone through the whole process and our game masters were very helpful as well. The space was perfect for us to have our pizza party and booking could not have been easier with the large group helpline. Thank you 1,000 times over for such a wonderful end to the school year. Most of the students fell asleep on the bus ride back!
Response: Thank you for joining us, Julie! We are so glad the field trip was a big hit and that everyone had so much fun! We look forward to your next adventure.

Emily Becker: My son and I stopped in on a whim and were met by the kindest people ever. They were full that night but helped us book a room for the next night. The room was a blast and our guide, Gregory, was so awesome and helpful. Highly recommend!

16. National Building Museum

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National Building Museum
Surroundings
4.4
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.7
Wifi
4.1
Services nearby
4.5

Address: 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-272-2448

Guy: Museum


Review: "It has many fun activities for the young kids!"

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James Su: It is a great museum. Hoping one day it will have more building exhibitions or photo of building exhibitions. This museum building is former passion building. It was built in 1887 and the designed by Montgomery C. Meigs. He was one of the hero of the Civil war hero. This building became to the museum was in 1997. Furthermore, it is good for bring kids to visit. It can help children to learn a lot of knowledge. The tickets are in the first floor near the door of G St. If student will have student discount.

Paul A: A large museum with different subsections. Some sections are on areas not directly related to building hence a bit diverse coalition. A ton of informative photos and video displays at the museum. Could not explore all areas but enjoyed the sections I visited.

R Lin: The name sounds funny, almost like it was a mistake or something, but the National Building Museum is pretty neat. It’s contents are exactly how it’s named- there are tons of exhibits on architecture, building projects around the world and the vision behind them, as well as photography for architecture. I had never been here before (and I’ve been to DC a few times and hit up lots of museums), and I’m glad I went. I would say overall it was a cool experience- there really is a lot to learn and it’s a topical museum that isn’t near as popular or talked about. But here’s my advice: if you haven’t been to DC and still need to see the “big” museums, don’t go to this one until you’ve been to the others. I just don’t think it’s worth it, plus you do have to pay admission for this one. Honestly, just walking in to see how darn cool the lobby is is plenty. Cuz seriously, it’s stunning and mesmerizing and with all due respect was the coolest part of the museum to me. However, if you’re like me and have been to the other museums, then give this one a try!

Dan B: Take the 1:30pm tour. Good exhibits. Beautiful terracotta outside. Magnificent Corinthian arches inside.

Amelia Waters: This was my first time visiting the National Building Museum. I went with my mom and my fiance, who is not a big "museum person." My mom and I enjoyed the self-guided tour, from which we learned a lot about the Reconstruction -era building and its architect. One of the docents told us that sometimes on the weekends there is a free volunteer-guided building tour, but unfortunately there wasn't one today. We didn't have that much time at the museum, so we only saw the Animals Collected exhibit and the temporary Notre Dame immersive exhibit. The Notre Dame exhibit was amazing - using an iPad, you explore the 2019 fire, the original construction, the renovation and destruction in the 1800s, and the ongoing restoration. It was engaging and even my fiance surprised himself by finding the exhibit fascinating. The iPad application is really well done, with some original videos and photos as well as some animated videos and illustrations to represent historic eras of the cathedral. There is even a gamified element that involves finding missing pieces of a stained glass window. Overall, the museum is interesting for someone who enjoys learning about architecture and the temporary Notre Dame exhibit is a great experience for everyone. There were even some young children in the exhibit with us and they seemed engaged too.

Marie Mariki: This was the one museum my husband insisted on visiting while in D.C. during this trip and we really enjoyed it. There are four exhibits and it took us about 90 minutes to go through all four. Their restrooms were unique, their gift shop was an exhibit in itself (in my opinion), and it's $10 for adults and $7 for 60 and older, which was very reasonable.

Karthik Suresh: Great big brick building that was the pensions office. There are several exhibits related to buildings and architecture. They even had a AR (augmented reality) Notre Dame exhibit where users use a table to navigate through the history of the building to its restoration post fire.

INSIDE LOOK MEDIA (INSIDELOOKTVMAG): The historic building is a great setting for an special affair. The building is located close the Verizon Center and has plenty of parking around the building as well as various restaurants and bars close to it. Many celebrities and politicians have been inside the building so we consider it an iconic part of DC. the National Building Museum hosts exhibitions, educational programs, and special events. They welcome visitors of all ages to experience stories about the building world and its power to shape our lives and communities. The Museum resides in the historic Pension Building, which contains one of the most awe-inspiring spaces in the nation’s capital

Jason Wallach: Great location for a March of Dimes fundraiser with Congresspeople "cooking" dishes. Angus King had the fan favorite lobster stew, which was excellent, and Representative Gallego and his wife from Arizona, who greeted people at their table the entire night, had the Judges' favorite with a sausage pepper with blue cheese dip.

Edward Garnett: Great spot to get out of the cold. Membership worth it versus entry and exhibition tickets as it’s one of the few non-free museums in DC. Kids play area with blocks is on 2nd floor.

17. Washington Canal Park

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Washington Canal Park
Surroundings
4.8
Location
4
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.4
Services nearby
5

Address: 200 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003, United States

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: +1 202-465-7093

Guy: Park


Review: "Just a fun urban park for kids especially during hot summer days."

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Mother Goose: Went with my children and grandchildren and everyone at every age level and every experience level had a great time. Food court is skater accessible as are the restrooms. Restrooms were in need of upkeep. The pizza and ice-cream were wonderful. Would definitely go again.

Prabha Shankar: A very good urban park with water fountains for the kids , some food place to try and it is Mainly having a seating with roadside view while childrens playing on the water fountain . Roadside parking are available but it might be tough to get at busy times , nearby there is a Marriott garage parking also a couple of blocks has carriage parking as well. All in all a great place to rest while kids in the park

Rick Roll: This is a nice small park that is well kept. The kids love playing in the water and the ample seating ensures that everyone can relax. There is a pizza, sushi, and Gelato restarunt attached to the park as well as numerous other retailers in the area to get food and drink. If you live in the area and have kids I recommend this park on a hot day.

Jessica McNutt: A fine a little park in my neighborhood. Not much to say about it beyond that. There is ice skating in the winter and a fountain in the summer. It's generally clean, located near a handful of take out options and there are many places to sit.

Will Iam: Decided to eat upstairs here in the supposed “green area” after picking up some local takeout, from ABC Pony (their Cajun fish sandwich is highly recommended). Green area not so green with all of the green brown and clearly not maintained with weeds abundant. Only benefit was wide open space with few people around so could comfortably dine sans masks. If maintained better-would add some stars. Wooden benches will definitely be rotten in coming years as can see clearly have not been treated and think another material such as Trex should have been used for better aging and wear with elements.

Vlad Sinayuk: Lovely ice skating rink in SE DC near the Nationals Stadium. It features a unique figure 8 type of shape, which actually makes skating there more fun. This is not a touristy site, but rather a place for local families and school groups to hit the ice together. For rentals, I recommend the standard blue skates because the hockey skates don’t have any padding whatsoever in them.

SupaMan Tey: Love to ice skate here plus they have one of my favorite pizza spots with Wise Guys. My wife also loves the gelato here.

Jeff Boelter: Great weather kids playing in water. Very family oriented

Smart Kitty: Good Place to eat inside and outside good prices good scenery good customer service enjoy going there no one begging for money that I dislike.

Voncia Hall: Took my granddaughter ice skating for her birthday

18. Tudor Place

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Tudor Place
Surroundings
4.5
Location
4.9
Possibility of Parking
4
Wifi
4.1
Services nearby
4.5

Address: 1644 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-965-0400

Guy: Museum


Review: "Perfect garden for kids to run around."

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Sara Ceresa: I was mostly interested in seeing the gardens, which didn’t disappoint. I also quite enjoyed the tour of the house including the historical context of the property’s ownership and recognition of the critical roles of slaves and caretakers in the history of the property.

Rogie Legaspi: Great place to spend an afternoon browsing the historic artifacts in the house. The garden is perhaps more interesting to visit in the summer than late fall. The neighborhood where it's located is such a charming place. Worth visiting.

pooria riahi: This is a very charming place hidden in Georgetown and visiting it is free. places in a cute neighborhood and its gardens could be a relaxing destination for an afternoon. However, I have to voice my concern on the state of the place and how badly it is being kept. In my mind, if they need money, it is ok to charge visitors but gardens are delicate things to maintain and need attention.

B Daisy: Gorgeous. We got to rest in the garden for half an hour before our tour of the house started, which was beautiful and so serene. The house itself comes with a great amount of history, and the people who work here really care about the story and try to provide you with as much information as they can, which was really inspiring to see. You could tell, just by looking at Francis (our amazing guide) and the rest of the staff, how significant the house and the narrative was to them. Their enthusiasm and dedication was beautiful, and the garden and the house itself was such a treat to see. Loved every minute of it.

Natalie Thomas: We did the elegant Victorian tea party and toured the Historic House. 👌🏽👌🏽

Aron Reyder: Nice place to visit. The house is a bit over "set-up", and feels more like a museum than a conserved house from the 1800s. The entrance fee is $10 per person, and it includes a guided tour of the house and a garden map. Since the place is built like a museum, it should be ran like one and offer the option to walk around by yourself. Especially since they have a log book in each room about all the items in the room, which while on the tour you can't really study. The garden and outdoors are beautiful and should be seen, the inside is nice but not worth the time or money.

Michelle Mitton: A beautiful stop in our tour of Georgetown. The house was closed due to COVID but the gardens were worth the visit. We loved the neighborhood around the estate and the fountains and gardens are well kept and lovely. Staff was friendly and helpful.

Natalie Moore: I am a wedding photographer specializing in film photography. Myself and another photographer hosted our workshop, The Film Theory Workshop at the Tutor Place and it was the perfect place for our small get together! They were accommodating with helping us navigate the ins and outs of making our workshop come to life, and the backdrop was perfect for multiple shoot locations. The historic grounds in Washington, D.c. tell an incredible story and was the perfect fit for our workshop! Hope to shoot wedding there one day! ps. We were so excited when our workshop ended up going on to be featured in Style Me Pretty! Big thanks to Tudor Place! Images by Natalie Jayne Photography

Sammy Mills: Beautiful grounds but not much to it. It would be a beautiful place for a wedding or a photo shoot. We didn’t get a chance to tour the house, they happen on the hour. To walk through the gardens is $3 and you get a brochure about the property.

Rachel McCoy: Beautiful in the spring time with the flowers in full bloom. Gardens can be visited for just $3. There are plenty of benches to sit and admire the view of this little idyll in the middle of Georgetown.

19. National Museum of African American History and Culture

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National Museum of African American History and Culture
Surroundings
5
Location
4
Possibility of Parking
4.9
Wifi
4.2
Services nearby
5

Address: 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: +1 844-750-3012

Guy: National museum


Review: "Fun place to take the kids."

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Dani Isthebest: The amount of History is amazing. Did you know the tickets come out the first Wednesday of the month before? I figured this out Thursday and could only book a Sunday @1030a. It's about a 2' drive or on the train from DE to DC. We actually lucked up and found free parking but I did see meters other places so check the parking situation. The Museum is gorgeous. To get to the main exhibit is was about a 25 minute wait to get in there. But once in, Wow! Two hours is really not enough time to see it all but it can be tiresome to some with all the walking. This place is also handicap accessible and can provide elevators if needed. Eat before you go or they have a Cafe but it closes around 3p. You must be vaccinated to go into the cafe. NO vaccination required to visit the exhibits.
Response: Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the museum and passion for African American history. Since the beginning of Covid, a limited number of same-day passes are available each day the Museum is open starting at 8:15AM EST. Go to NMAAHC.si.edu/visit to view the availability of passes. All passes are distributed online. We hope you will visit again. We thank you for sharing your personal experience visiting the museum! Thank you for submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture

Nabou Fall: Powerful, emotional, rich, fair, i learnt so much & i really appreciated the respect for gender diversity. Women are given their place in the history of African Americans as well as the diaspora. Must see. But you need to book even if it's free.
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Janine Howard: It was very very informative, sad at first and then mad as you go along. It's a kuseum that needs to be visited more than once and I can't wait to go back!
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Shaniece Heath: 1st time visiting the museum and I highly recommend viewing the Concourse exhibit if you do nothing else. The concourse is where the Emmitt Till exhibit is located and that did have the longest wait time, but more than worth it. There were so many beautiful artifacts and amazing visuals to go along with some of the images and artifacts. The 1st floor when you walk in was also overwhelming hearing the audio of the slaves saying they rather jump ship than travel to an unknown world without their families!

Tamekia Buckner: Was amazing! 2nd floor was closed, so cannot wait until we return. Got free tickets 1 month in advance from their website.
Response: Dear Tamekia, Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience with NMAAHC. The Museum remains extremely popular, and we are limiting the number of people who can enter the museum for the safety of all visitors and staff. Passes do go very quickly but a limited number of same-day passes are available each day the Museum is open starting at 8:15AM EST. Go to NMAAHC.si.edu/visit to view the availability of passes. All passes are distributed online, there will be no passes available at the Museum. We are glad you've had a great experience with the National Museum of African American History and Culture and plan to return soon! Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture

Corey Trusty: It was a good trip to the museum. It was fast and easy to get access. I was able to get tickets the day of for the time I wanted. The museum exhibits were done very well and tastefully. The museum is absolutely huge and I would for shire come back. The only issue is the parking in the National Mall is terrible. But overall good experience. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes because you will for sure be getting your steps in and it is a must go!!!

Melvin Thomas: A great museum. Lots of history. Some of the images and artifacts cause sadness realizing the time span of the atrocities, some of them surprisingly recent. Some exhibits also celebrate black contributions, mostly in sports and entertainment. Maybe they will add more black inventors and contributors to the sciences.
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Monique Bonner: I really enjoyed this museum. We easily spent 3 hours in there and didn't see the whole thing. I will definitely be going again but not with a 3 year next time. 🙃
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Valencia Brown: This museum totally captures the horrific moments in time that African Americans endored. Its about time there is a historic National museum that acknowledges that that these events in American history did indeed occur, and the role Americans had in the slave trade. The overcoming of oppression, justice and equality is still a fight, however the advances and contributions made in history from African Americans are undeniable. This museum encompass all of this and more! Highly recommend attending. Best of all, its free!
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Erny Prada: Very humbling experience about the history of the world and the African American suffering. There's also a lot of good reminders about the power of the people, united, to make a positive change, and the neverending battle for equality. One day is not enough to visit this museum. Thanks to those that put this all together, everyone needs to see it.
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20. Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

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Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
Surroundings
4.5
Location
4
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4
Services nearby
4

Address: 1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-692-6080

Guy: National park


Review: "A lot of fun for kids and family."

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Madhu Kalepu: Located near DC, Maryland border. Plenty of parking and not so crowded when we visited during long weekend. Place is great for Beautiful nature walks, picnic tables and fresh air. We have spotted Turtles, baby Turtles, Cranes, various birds while doing boardwalk. Garden closes at 4pm and the entry is free. Restrooms located at welcome center

Rebecca Wolf: Each season at Kenilworth is something to behold! In winter, you'll see an open expanse and a swamp in quiet rest. Spring starts to bring greenery and new life. Summer is a steamy explosion of tall and colorful lotuses, lillies and more! Egrets, herons, deer, turtles, fish, insects and more can be found here, especially if you come during the day when it is more quiet. This National Park is a secret oasis in Washington, D.C. - bring your visiting family and friends for a walk through the ponds and across the boardwalks on the Anacostia River. You can even connect to walk on the DC trail system. In summer, be sure to come for the VERY popular lotus festival, filled with world crafts, foods and so much more. Be mindful of the closing time and plan for at least an hour to walk these grounds.

Life in La Plata: One of my all-time favorite parks: so much beauty. You can look at the plants around the ponds, or the ones growing in the ponds, and you can try to spot wildlife in the water and the trees. There are bike paths on the far side of the park (if you drive). Plan to go early, the park closes at 4pm.

Ash Pouvaranukoah: An awesome place to be! The place is crawling with so many types of critters. Restrooms are nice and efficient. Definitely a great quiet place to bring family, friends, or just yourself!

Jill Cobb: It was a nice winter/early spring walk along the ponds and boardwalk. Nothing was blooming, but we saw turtles, frogs, and fish. Seems like summer is the time for the flowers.

Lisa Gump: I came to the gardens with a group of students and it is a beautiful Park to visit. I will admit though that it was tough for us to find. We AR not from the area and it is not easy with all the construction to get here. The park is worth the navigation woes. There are lots of things to see and do.

Connie Massaro: This is a unique aquatic garden in the DC area. Best time to visit is in the morning. The water lilies and the lotus are spectacular. There are different small ponds where they grow the lilies and the lotus. Bring your cameras!!! There is also a boardwalk and trails along the river.

Dave Park: As of about two weeks ago (7/17), the lotus and lilies were about 60% bloomed and I’d say all of them should be good for viewing now until mid-August. Beautiful flower blooms all around, so don't miss your chance this summer! 🤙

Steven Esquina: The place was really nice lots of plants with beautiful lilies, frogs, deer, even foxes if you are really lucky will scurry about there are smalls docks that you can walk on to get close to the water where you can see ducks there is even an elevated platform where you can see the whole pond!!

Sam Chen: A nice place to spend several leisurely hours. The time I went there the water lily was not quite blooming yet, it must be beautiful when it does.