Spring break day trips are a great way to get out with the family and explore your area. Whether you're a DC local having a staycation or are visiting us from another part of the country, these sites are great for school-aged kids and tweens:
DC and Close-by
Theodore Roosevelt Island
This little-known National Park is such a treasure.
Just a short drive, this botanical gardens in Wheaton, MD, is fun to explore.
The home of George Washington has amazing gardens and a great kids' program.
Kids will see everything from hot air balloons to a real Space Shuttle.
Old Town Alexandria
Walk the stone streets and find archaeology, art and history along with boats and planes.
National Gallery of Art
Explore the indoor and outdoor areas of this fabulous free museum.
So much to see! We've never managed to do it all in one day.
Avoid the crowds with my top tips for when to visit (hint–it's really early!).
1 to 2 hours from DC
Science Museum of Virginia
Everything is hands-on at this Richmond, VA,
Monticello and Michie Tavern
Science and engineering meet history at Thomas Jefferson's home in Charlottesville, VA.
Enjoy spelunking and more down south in Luray, VA.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
This theme park in Williamsburg, VA, is perfect for thrill-seekers and animal lovers alike.
The Walters Art Museum
Up in Baltimore, MD, this museum offers free admission days and is perfect for all ages.
Even after living here 9 years, we still have so much more to explore, so tell me…
What are your favorite day trips in the DC area?
Looking for even more family travel in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey? See my Mid-Atlantic Family Trips board on Pinterest.