OT - Washington, DC

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OT - Washington, DC

We are thinking about taking a trip to DC next month, I hear it's very kid-friendly, free museums, lots of great things to do, and close proximity to beaches if we want a day trip or two. We'll take the train so we don't have to worry about driving around once we're there.

Anyone done this? Looking for a place to stay that will allow us to put the kids in a separate room (as part of a suite or not, I just don't want to go to bed at 8:30 every night), looking for great fun things to do, great places to eat, anything you've got!

I haven't been there since I was a little kid, except for the overnight stay when I went to the MTV Inaugural Ball for Clinton. (I didn't see the city at all that time.)

We have a friend there who can give us an insider's tour of the Capitol Building and stuff, but they haven't had little kids in decades so I'd love some suggestions!

THANKS!

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We have family in DC so we go pretty often. DH is actually on the way there right now. (His brother is graduating from the Fireman academy tomorrow). The zoo is free. We have gone before and bought a day pass for the subway and just gone touring all the museums which most of are free. I believe you need tickets 6 months ahead to tour the White house. If you Google it, you can find a list of all of the area attractions.

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Stay either right downtown, in Arlington or on capital hill. Or Georgetown!!!! I can give you a ton of restaurant recommendations. Or hotels. National zoo is free and fun. Monuments are nice, probably a must do w kids. Let me know and when I have more time I can put together a lot of stuff. I lived down there every weekend for the year that dh and I were dating so know the city well. You will have a great time!!!

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I haven't been in a long time, but I have cousins that live near there and remember them taking us to Georgetown. I can't remember exactly where we went but remember visiting some of the old houses and going somewhere that had old time shops and everyone was dressed up in period costumes and it was really neat.

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Thanks guys. Anyone know of a hotel where we can have two rooms? Like a mini suite kind of thing? If we all sleep,in one room then Juliet will insist on sleeping with me.

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*lurker* I've heard the spy museum is a ton of fun. Also, try a Marriott Residence Inn. They have suites with two rooms, plus mini kitchens. we stay at Residence Inns all the time because of that. Have fun!

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We've stayed at Homewood suites and they were decent. Small kitchen area, living room w/tv, separate bedroom w/tv as well (if you are a tv family like us this works out well once we're settled in for the day). They have free breakfast, some of which is good some is "meh". always have cereal, yogurt, coffee, juice, milk and basics as well. My oldest can get antsy fast in a restaurant so we would often bring it to our room so they could chill and eat and we allowed them to watch cartoons.

I googled quick and looks like there might be one downtown.

ETA...they also serve dinner Sun-Thurs but I've never had that.

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I will investigate!!

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I second Georgetown!! DC is close to me but i don't go often hahahah.

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Thanks guys. I have found a few hotels that have space for kids so I'm going to get a second opinion from Dave and book it. We're excited. We all need a vacation. Except for our trip to PA, I haven't had any real vacation in over a year....once my mom got sick, all my time off was spent going to see her. I wouldn't trade it for the world, but we could use a vacation that's just about having fun and exploring something new.

We're looking at the Residence Inn and Embassy Suites, Dupont area I think? The kids are excited to take the train.

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We found a hotel! It's in a good neighborhood, with stuff we can walk to and a Metro station nearby. We're very excited. I'm going to buy our train tickets today. We are all getting so excited!

Any favorite museums, kid things, restaurants, etc....send 'em along. Thanks so much everyone!

(We're staying at the Residence Inn on P Street, whatever that means.)

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I also second the zoo. It's free. Everything is free in DC for the most part when it comes to museums the zoo etc.

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"mommytoMR.FACE" wrote:

I also second the zoo. It's free. Everything is free in DC for the most part when it comes to museums the zoo etc.

Juliet asked if the pandas are going to bite her.