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So many reasons to day trip in D.C., so why don’t we? — FranklyStein

DCDayWOnce upon a time, after I graduated from college and before I had kids, I lived in Washington, D.C. I remember riding my bike down to the National Mall, sitting in front of the Lincoln Memorial and just marveling at the fact that I lived in the nation’s capital.

After about a year, I met my husband, moved back to Baltimore, got married and started having kids. But the capital is still just a stone’s throw away.

A few years ago, we took the kids on a day trip to D.C. during spring break. I couldn’t get over how easy it was! We hopped on the MARC, rode the train to Union Station and from there, walked to the Mall. We visited the Museum of Natural History and the Air and Space Museum and ate hot dogs from a vendor under the cherry blossoms.

It was a memorable day and the kids loved it. I have no idea why we’ve never gone back. I guess I just forget how close we are to D.C. and all it offers.

This month we posted a story on an Insider’s Day in D.C. It lists all sorts of cool places kids will love beyond the traditional Smithsonian museums. Watch cash being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing or take in a free performance at the Kennedy Center. There’s no need to visit any one museum or monument twice!

If we can find a free day this spring, I might take the kids back to ride the paddleboats in the Tidal Basin or see some monster fish at the National Geographic Museum. When we are done, I just might swing by my old apartment and show the kids how close I once lived to the President himself.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 16, Lilly, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 10.


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