Discover why Washington D.C. is  a great place for a family vacation.


We might be in the midst of a government shutdown and that means many sights in DC are closed. But wait! There are still things to do in the Capital city!

Click on the below links to get more information on the sites that are open in DC.

Pretend to be a reporter at The Newseum

The International Spy Museum is always a crowd favorite

Make a call from the Oval Office at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Madame Tussauds DC

There are free concerts every evening at the Kennedy Center

Visit George Washington’s Home at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

Climb the tower steps at the Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral

Take a trip to the country for a Fall Festival

Cox Farm Fall Festival

image by Kamber Petty

Our area favorites are at Cox Farm and Butler’s Orchard. Join them for hayrides, apple cider and corn mazes.

So what is closed because of the government shutdown? Here is a list of the popular tourist spots in the city that are currently and unfortunately closed.

  • All the Smithsonian Museums
  • All the National Monuments
  • The National Zoo
  • The Capitol
  • The Bureau of Engraving and Printing


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