2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Copyright Ellie Van Houtte.
Don't forget to make the D.C. Public Library a regular stop on your activities schedule!
Bookstores and Libraries
Farms and Markets
Visiting and shopping at farmers markets help kids understand where their food comes from and learn a bit about healthy eating. You might get the chance to have a conversation with a local farmer and pick up a few recipes for the week's meals.
Historic Sites and Government Buildings
The Victorian house, furnished much as it was when the famed abolitionist and orator lived there, is filled with photographs, documents, and gifts from friends like Harriet Beecher Stowe and Abraham Lincoln. Check the website for information about the Junior Ranger program and to make tour reservations.
Monuments and Memorials
Museums and Galleries
Parks, Nature Centers, and Gardens
Find forests, parks, and outdoor activities close to home with this searchable site and interactive map.
Varieties of exotic water lilies bloom from late May through early September. Morning is the best time to see them; the flowers close when the temperature rises above 89 degrees. Explore this beautiful wetland habitat where you can see birds, dragonflies, beavers, and muskrats.
Explore the outdoors! Discover parks, trails, and other nature sites near you with this searchable site and interactive map.