Nothing says “Frog Family Fun” like a visit to the nation’s capital!
When you think of Washington, D.C., it most likely elicits thoughts of the White House, the National Mall and the Washington Monument. While museums and national landmarks are, of course, a vital component of any visit to the nation’s capital, there’s also a wide array of interactive learning experiences for kids of all ages.
The City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the nation’s new capital, named after George Washington. All three branches of the federal government are located in Washington, D.C., as well as 177 foreign embassies, international organizations and trade unions. But the fun isn’t all in the city's (and nation’s) history. Take in the breathtaking cherry blossoms in the spring, stop by a local park to skate (both ice and inline) or head to the Smithsonian National Zoo to hang with the giant pandas and elephants. Rich in history, a trip to Washington, D.C. is a journey into America’s past, but also a hands-on connection to current traditions.
March to May can make for a particularly beautiful trip, with the pink cherry blossoms (late March to early April, which is also the time of the Blossom Kite Festival) and springtime activities. The September to November months can also be a great time to visit, offering crisp fall air and the beautiful changing leaves.
Make a public tour request through your member of Congress if you are planning to tour the White House. You can submit your request up to three months in advance but no less than 21 days in advance. The tour is free, but there are limited spaces, and they are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
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