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Kid-Friendly Historic Washington, D.C.

Rainy day at the National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Photo: Dan Chung/Aurora

Visiting Washington, D.C., can feel like the school trip from hell: no matter who you are, no matter what you’re interested in, you’re stuck with the same obligatory sights. We say, Table that notion! The city is more varied than guidebooks let on, and a whole lot more fun—especially if, like most residents, you have a clear-cut agenda.

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Themes: Arts + Culture · Family

Inspired by: How to Do DC |T+L Family — by David Plotz, Published Feb. 2007

Hotels (1)

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    Hotel Tabard Inn

    The Hotel Tabard Inn is located five blocks from the White House in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The hotel, opened in 1922 by Marie Willoughby R

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    Moby Dick House of Kabob

    A local institution, the Moby Dick House of Kabob was founded by an Iranian restauranteur in 1989 but has now expanded to 15 locations throughout t

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Activities (6)

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    National Portrait Gallery

    The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery traces the history of America through visual and performing arts that pay tribute to great American ico

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    Dolcezza

    This gelateria produces small, handmade batches of gelato each morning inside its Georgetown shop. Committed to using the freshest ingredients, the

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    World War II Memorial

    The World War II Memorial was dedicated on May 29, 2004 and commemorates the service and sacrifice of Americans in the war. The memorial sits on th

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    Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    Located on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated to the American men a

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    National Air and Space Museum

    The world's most-visited museum is heavenly for adults and a must for kids. A seemingly endless assemblage of artifacts from the history of flight—

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    Dumbarton Oaks

    Part of a vast estate off a quiet Georgetown street, the 10-acre garden of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is a celebration of l

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