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Things To Do in Washington DC with Kids

Updated on May 13, 2013
Trolley Tours of the Museums
Trolley Tours of the Museums

If you're heading to our nation's capital with the family, get set for loads of fun, history and interesting attractions. Whether you're looking to visit all the museums, see the monuments or roam around and just see the sights, there are many great things to do in Washington DC with kids.

Bike Tours

Seeing the city on two wheels is an exciting and entertaining adventure for children (and their parents) of all ages. Some of the local bike tours offer baby seats that can be attached to the back of the bikes, trailers that the children can sit in that are towed behind the bikes as well as kid-sized bikes for proficient big kid bike riders. These tours are lead by a guide who fills you in on all the history behind the different memorials and monuments as you stop in front of each one. The only drawback is that you don’t get to go into any of the museums of attractions on the bike tours; it’s more of a broad look at the city.

Duck Tours in Washington DC
Duck Tours in Washington DC

Trolley Tours

The Old Town Trolley Tours are a favorite among families. This fully narrated tour is lead by a local historian who tells the stories of all the fascinating people and places that have helped shape the history of the United States. The Old Town Trolley Conductors (as they are called) are usually funny—sharing humorous anecdotes while making lots of stops (like 20) at all the most popular places. This tour is well liked because of its flexibility to get on and off the trolley as many times and for as long as you want. You can hop off at a Smithsonian museum, stay for a few hours, have lunch, etc and then catch the next trolley that comes along. They have trolleys coming and going all day long so it’s convenient. Old Town Trolley Tours also lets you take their tour over 2 days if you want, so you can really get a good look at any of the sites or Washington DC attractions.

Segway Tours

If you’re saying to yourself “what exactly is a Segway?” then this is definitely not the tour for you! If you’re familiar with these self-balancing, two-wheeled, high-tech gyroscopes, the Segway Tour might be right up your alley. But only if your children are 16 years or older, children under 16 are not allowed to ride the Segway and kids who are under 18 have to be accompanied by a parent or adult. The tour itself is cool, although you don’t get to go into any of the actual sites-the group stops, the guide gives you information about what you’re seeing and you can take pictures and ask questions. Riding the Segway is probably most of the fun, but still a great way to see the major points of interest.

Discover DC with the Family

So, bring the kids, pick some DC tours and discover the best of our Nation's Capitol. The many museums, memorials and monuments await you and your crew.


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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      I like the tour idea, but to get the most AFTER the tours there is plenty more to see. I lived just outside the DC area almost all my life. In fact every year that we had family from other parts come to visit we would go visit the sights in DC. We got to walk up the Washington Monument every year. You can't do that now though. Don't forget the National Zoo! I love that place and the National Museums. There are way too many to be able to really get a good look at them in just one day. Maybe one whole week would do.