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Hi, DC area mamas. I will be visiting my friend in College Park, Maryland in a couple of weeks. My dh has to stay back in MA working. I will probably spend at least three full days exploring DC with my 3.5 year old and 21 month old. I'll be bringing a sturdy double stroller along (which they actually will nap in for me).

What do you all think I should see? The last time I went to DC, I was 9 so I don't remember much.

I was thinking the Botanical Gardens and the Smithsonian Museums would be my must sees with my little guys. Maybe the Washington Monument. I know that the White House does fall garden tours. Any suggestions? TIA
 

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Smithsonian highlights (all free!)-

The bug zoo, and dinosaurs at the Natural History museum

The Air and Space museum

When are you coming? the Museum of American History is going to have a much anticipated transportaion (cars and trains) exhibit in Nov.- other wise my boys are not a fan of this musuem- it is like three miles of walking for one thing they find interesting

The zoo

the castle (or at least next door!) has a special exhibit hall and what is there is usually an interactive exhibit- right now it is the human genome- lots of buttons, knobs, puzzels

College Park Aviation Museum (I think $3 a person) is fantastic. The museum has one glass wall that faces the runway- so fun to watch the planes take off, plus a many interactive child friendly exhibits, and lots of ride on airplane toys on an outside play area.

The captial childrens museum is fun, but expensive (I am thinking $8 a piece even for 1 year olds, but I could be wrong) and hard to get to from a metro stop. But it has three floors of childrens exhibits.
 
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