I am not a morning person, but last week I had the kids and car packed, and on the road by 5:30am. The kids went down at a decent time, but I was up past 1am. I was too excited to sleep! Being out that early was nice…for that one time. Watching the sunrise was great and all, but I can’t do that everyday. The kiddos were left in their pj’s since they were transferred to the car while they slept, cuddled up with socks on their feet and a blanket tucked tightly around them. It was chilly the morning we left….fall is definitely here.
Our first stop was the D.C. National Zoo. One of the reasons I chose D.C is because the majority of the museums up there are FREE!
We weren’t able to see the entire zoo, that place is huge! I think we went at the perfect time. The weather was gorgeous, we were able to find parking at the zoo, and it wasn’t overly crowded.
The first animal we saw was a male panda. His mate was away with their baby. They said it’ll be another 6 weeks before mama and baby come out, but you can view them on the panda cam.
We had the Polar Bear, Polar Bear book on CD in the car, along with several others for the trip, and Samuel was really excited to see that they do stand on one foot just like the picture in the book.
We checked out the small mammals exhibit..of course Kiah was drawn to the skeletons. After that we headed to the reptile exhibit, but they were closing for an event in 20 mins so we didn’t have much time in there. We did check out the alligator and crocodile before we left.
The lions were pretty cool.
After we left the zoo we drove up and down Constitution for a bit. Traffic in D.C. is insane!
I loved seeing how diverse the city is, and how active people are. On bikes, walking, jogging, living and enjoying life.
The White House was on our list for the next day and we wanted to find it before going back to the hotel. We thought we might have enough time to stop by before it got dark that day according to our GPS, but now I realize we need to tack on at least 30mins to what the ETA says.
We were only there for two days, so we checked out of our hotel the next day, grabbed lunch and headed for the White House.
They were doing work on the Washington Monument, and it’s really pretty at night with all of the lights.
Kiah just knew we were going to see Barack Obama….she had it in her head that we could walk right into the White House and visit with the President. If only! They are closed for tours, but maybe we can arrange one on our next trip.
She was still really happy to see the White House, and so was I! I took like twelve pictures of the place. It’s so majestic and there’s so much history.
There was a small protest for Syria going on when we arrived, but the girls didn’t pay any attention to that at all. They were too amazed and excited to be where the presidents live.
The GPS said the Lincoln Memorial was a 30min walk from there, and I knew the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was in the area, so we attempted it, but got caught in the rain.
We turned around and decided to visit the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. By the time we dealt with traffic we had an hour to visit. Definitely planning a day trip up there because it’s only a 3hr drive. Ava wanted to see the butterflies, but they were closed and we didn’t realize you had to pay to go into the live exhibit.
When we first walked into the ocean exhibit, Samuel was looking all around him in amazement.
It was so cute!
D.C. is nothing like I expected. I figured since it was full of so much history and politics that it might be kind of stiff outside of the museums, but I was so wrong! It seems to be a really family friendly, vibrant place. I wish we had more time to visit, but since it’s not that far, I know we’ll go back over and over to soak up all the city has to offer. I can’t wait to go back!