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Parent’s Favorite Places to Take Visitors in the D.C. Metro Area

You’ve got family visiting from out of town. What is your family’s favorite place in the Washington, D.C. metro area to take your visiting relatives? Check out your answers below:

When the weather is warm, paddle boating on the tidal basin. Special treat for the kids, good sightseeing for visitors and beautiful. – Gony F-G

Depends on the age. Older visiting relatives have really enjoyed brunch or dinner on the Odyssey to easily view the sites without walking. Younger relatives love monuments, the zoo and museums – specifically National Museum of Art and all Smithsonian. – Jennifer F-C

The Wharf, D.C. Navy Yard waterfront, D.C. Rock Creek Park and kids can ride a pony. Washington Monument, National Mall and Memories parks, D.C. The National Zoo, D.C. Smithsonian’s museums, D.C. Gaylord, National Harbor, [Oxon Hill] Md., (carousel, boat tour). King Street, Alexandria, Va. (My favorite). Annapolis, Md., enjoy eating crabs there by the waterfront. Silver Spring, Md. for dinner. That’s what my French relatives enjoy. – Marine Mimi R

If we’ve already taken them to D.C. we go to Old Town Alexandria, Great Falls and Huntley Meadows. If it’s during the summer, we try to catch a show at Wolf Trap. – Sabrina J-S Glenstone

Museum in Potomac, Md. – Krysten J

If it’s the first time in town, we pick a few of the Smithsonian [museums] downtown and lunch/dinner in Georgetown by the water. Air and Space Museum in Chantilly – that’s a wow place for everyone who visits. If they are into wine, there are some amazing wineries like Greenhill in Middleburg. Go stroll down the street first then head to Greenhill. – Rouba T

The National Museum of Natural History. – Elcy S.

Hillwood. – Lesley F-R

Lebanese Taverna Restaurant Group!! Because everyone wants a shawarma! – Hank F

The National Botanic Gardens and they’re finally open again! – Jill K

Nighttime tour of the monuments! – Maddy L.

Union Market or Annapolis. – Ryann F

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