The DC List


Now that we’re back in the DC area – and back to stay – it’s time to turn our attention to rediscovering all of the things that we love about this city.  DC is my favorite city in the world, and not a day goes by that I don’t feel lucky to live here.  And it’s even more fun to have moved back to the area with kids – because we get to experience so much for the first time, as well as seeing the city through their eyes.  When we moved away, Peanut had just turned one, so we hadn’t really delved into the family-friendly activities that the city has to offer; she was just too little.  Aside from taking her to see the cherry blossoms, we did very little with Peanut when she was a DC baby.  So now here we are, on the other side, with two little kids and so many new things to discover and experience.  I can’t wait to spend the next few years ferreting out all the best family activities (and some of the more grown-up activities, too) in the city and surrounding areas!  Activities like:

  • Hike at Shenandoah National Park.
  • Visit Washington, Virginia… and maybe have the dinner of a lifetime at the Inn at Little Washington.
  • Take Peanut to see the First Ladies exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
  • Bring both kids to instrument petting and a children’s concert at the Kennedy Center.
  • Work our way through the 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Washington, D.C. book.
  • Visit Chincoteague, Virginia, and Annapolis, Maryland (again).
  • Go to the Virginia Wine Festival and make progress on the Loudoun County Wine Trail.
  • See Santa water-skiing on the Potomac on Christmas Eve!
  • Take a candlelight tour of Mount Vernon.
  • Ride the Baseball Boat to a Nationals game.
  • Finally do the billy goat trail on the Maryland side of Great Falls Park.
  • See Hillary Clinton sworn in as President of the United States!
  • Take the kids to the Air and Space Museum and Udvar-Hazy Center (many times).
  • Find good pick-your-own farms and take the kids blueberry, strawberry and apple picking.
  • Return to the Cherry Blossom Festival.
  • Run the GW Parkway Classic and the MCM 10k (and maybe the MCM itself, one day?).
  • Visit the Library of Congress and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
  • Take a selfie with the statue of Alexander Hamilton outside of the Treasury Department (it’s gonna happen)…
  • And along those lines, see Hamilton performed at the Kennedy Center in 2018!
  • And Handel’s Messiah, too, although those tickets are usually easier to get.
  • Take the kids to see the National Christmas Tree all lit up.
  • Visit Harper’s Ferry.
  • Find fun new day trips in northern Virginia.
  • Go on a getaway to Smith Mountain Lake.
  • Run the Backyard Burn and Blue Crab Bolt trail race series.
  • Research neighborhoods and buy a house!
  • Volunteer with Peanut at the Capital Area Food Bank.
  • Take Steve to Port City Brewing.
  • Make another trip to Virginia Beach before our friends move away.

Well – is that enough to do?  Looks like we’ll be busy for the next few years…

What’s your favorite DC activity?  What would you add to my list?

6 thoughts on “The DC List

  1. Welcome home! I’d suggest taking the little ones to the U.S. Botanic Garden at Christmas; they do some very nice Christmas decorations. And definitely the Library of Congress; the Jefferson Building has a stunning interior. Gunston Hall (near Lorton) and Oatlands (near Leesburg) are also worth a look.

    • Thanks! The Botanic Gardens at Christmas is a great suggestion! I think I’ve been there once around that season, some years ago – they have trains, right? Or am I thinking of something different? If I’m remembering right, and they do have a model train, my little guy would LOVE that.

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