Dana lives in the historic Shaw neighborhood in Washington DC with her husband and son Cole (age 2). We asked Dana to share her favorite places to go in the nation’s capital.


Avoid the crowds and see the iconic cherry blossoms, plan your trip to Washington DC in the spring. Don’t forget to pack your comfy shoes (and stroller) because there’s lots to see in the District and it’s easier to walk than drive. From the National Mall to the Tidal Basin and the numerous Smithsonian Museums in between – there is something for everyone in DC.


Royal is a favorite coffee shop that also offers Colombian food. Their breakfast arepas are amazing! It’s a ten minute walk from our favorite little hidden park called Westminster. It is shaded and has a sprayground for cooling off on summer days.


District Taco
We love District Taco – it’s a food truck that now has several physical locations. It’s super family-friendly, especially the location in Capitol Hill, which offers a good, reasonable spot to grab chips and guacamole or tacos after a day on the Mall, exploring museums and monuments.


Union Market
I always recommend Union Market for an off the beaten track tourist destination. It’s a renovated food hall with great options and in the summer, they have a fun set-up outside – corn hole, “drive-in” movies, and an airstream offering popsicles and other fun treats.


Ice Cream
It can get hot in DC and 14th Street/Logan Circle offers two toddler-approved ice cream options: Jeni’s Ice Cream, and local-to-DC creamery, Ice Cream Jubilee.


American Indian Museum
One of the best things about DC is the plentiful museums — all of the Smithsonians are free! Most offer a kids area to explore which is great during cold winter days or sticky summer days. The play place at the American Indian Museum is wonderful and has a great story time. They also have a really tasty cafeteria with Native cuisine.


National Building Museum
Our most frequented museum is the National Building Museum. They have a “ticketed” play zone that is perfect for kids under 3 to burn off some travel energy, and an upstairs area packed with cool architecture exhibits including Tinkertoys, lego sculptures and other special exhibits.


Rock Creek Park
Rock Creek Park in DC is a massive park with lots to explore with kids– stables, a small nature museum, and the National Zoo. We love it because it offers easy hikes with kids in a carrier.


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