Smithsonian National Zoological Park
One thing I love about DC is that even when things are pricy, free never goes out of style at the Zoo. So its totally free if you’re going in there straight from the Metro and if you’ve got your lunch packed for the day. Parking is a flat rate of 22 bucks if you choose to drive but other than that, did I say free. Every single animal I can think of at the top of my head has its own little space at the zoo. The orangutan was up on the top of a pole at about 11am performing today but I got a glance just at the end of it.
The atmosphere just lets you appreciate nature with the quiet grassy corners where families lay out their picnics. If you would prefer some grill though there’s a great little restaurant called Mane grill, ideal name for the zoo right. Then you’ve got lots of snack stands for the kids to get a sugar rush.
Theres plenty activities for the kids like the carousel and a little kids farm right at one entrance, here some kids like to pat the cows back and literally get a feel of nature.
Overall the scenery is just great for families in DC, take your kids for this and when you are done, cool them off over at the water spray for a great end to the day.