Summer Fun—Day 13: Spend the day on the National Mall

We live so close to our nation's capital. Don't forget to introduce your family to some of the most iconic sites in America.

NationalMallStrolling along the mall is a pleasant way to spend a nice day, and whether it’s your first visit or your fiftieth, the views never get old.

Spend the morning taking the kids to the Lincoln Memorial, National World War II Memorial and other monuments. Note that the Washington Monument is closed this summer for elevator problems. It is expected to reopen by the Spring of 2019.


If the weather gets hot or rainy, the Smithsonian museums are nearby for air-conditioned, indoor fun.

Highlights for kids include the National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural History. Admission to any of the Smithsonian museums is free.

The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, another top indoor destination, is open after the completion of the most restoration project.

Other outdoor activities include renting paddleboats on the Tidal Basin for spectacular views of the Jefferson Memorial and picnicking on the mall.

For more about taking a day trip to the capital, check out our insider’s guide to a day trip in D.C.

For more summer fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer list of daily family activities and our daily calendar of events.

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