Discover why Washington D.C. is  a great place for a family vacation.
  • Bikes, Segway and Pedicabs
Washington D.C. is only 10 square miles, but there is a lot to see in this fair city and that means a great deal of walking, not always ideal with children…


Capital Bike Share is a fun way to take in the sites of D.C. Bright red bikes are popping up all over as more people take advantage of this city wide program. You can borrow a bike for as little as $7.00 a day. All you need is a credit card to unlock the bikes and they can be returned at any of the kiosks, perfect for one-way travel. Visit the website for a map of pick-up and drop-off locations. There is only one size/type of bike as these are deigned primarily to give folks another commuting option.

Bike the Sites is the more tourist friendly bike program in the city. There are tons of different types of bikes and they also offer kid’s bikes, tandems and trailers. There is a 2 hour minimum and prices range from $10 for 2 hours up to $75 for a day. Bikes can be picked up at the Old Post Office Pavilion or Union Station in D.C. or in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Visit the website for all of the details. **Also good to know, they rent strollers.**


There are several tour companies in D.C. that specialize in tours via Segway. City Segway ToursCapital SegwaySegs in the City and Bike and Roll. Children must be 16 years old to ride a Segway so these tours are designed for families with older kids. Prices range from $60-90 for a 2-3 hour tour.


DC Pedicab provides transportation throughout D.C. You can schedule a pick up (202-345-8065), but the best way to take advantage of their services is to hail them when you see them. The rickshaws/pedicabs are popular along the national mall and at sporting events, such as the Washington Nationals baseball games. They are a great option for short trips and will give you a break from the whining, “I can’t walk anymore…”