Just this past Labor Day my family enjoyed a Washington DC Weekend! We crammed a lot into those 2 days, but it was a great experience!
We stayed at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. You can read more about the hotel (and outrageous parking laws in Washington DC) here! It was only a short walk to the train station making our commute over to the Smithsonian and other attractions pretty quick and definitely better than driving around trying to find a decent parking space!
We went over to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History first. I have lived within 2 hours of Washington DC my whole life but had only been once to an art museum. This was my 9-year-old’s second trip in the past year because he went with his school, but he still enjoyed going again.
After we went through this museum, we had lunch at one of the many food trucks lined up outside. It was either eat at the museum cafe or the food trucks. It wasn’t bad! I had falafel, Daryl had a gyro, and Jaxon had pizza. Poor Benjamin had his usual lunch of turkey and cheese. The biggest complaint I have is that it can be difficult to find somewhere to sit to eat (or take photos of all our yummy food!) and the sewers and overflowing trashcans all over the area smelled horrible!
We have to bring a small cooler bag with us wherever we go because of Benjamin’s food allergies. The museums were very accommodating, but otherwise, do not allow outside food into the building.
We did A LOT of walking both days. I was under the impression that once we took the train over to the museum area that everything would be really close to each other, but that wasn’t the case. Next time, I’ll be wearing much more comfortable shoes!
For dinner, we ended up getting Chinese take-out because, for some odd reason, Jaxon wanted soup from a Chinese restaurant. He has never had it before, nor asked for it, but we accommodated his wishes since it was getting late and we were all tired and hungry. In retrospect, I wish we planned our meals out better because I’m sure Washington DC has some amazing places to eat!
The next day, we headed over to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Again, Jaxon had been before, but had a blast anyway! He really enjoys when he gets to get in things and try them out. We also watched one of the shows, Journey to the Stars, at the Albert Einstein Planetarium inside. While admission to the museums is free, some attractions inside cost extra, including the Planetarium shows and a space simulator experience.
After we finished up at the museum, we opted to head home early, rather than trying to squeeze in one more attraction. Next time I’d really like to go to the National Zoo and see more of the Smithsonian museums!
Have you been to Washington DC? Where would you want to visit during a Washington DC weekend? I’m sure there is so much more to see and do!