Thanks to Lustine Toyota in Woodbridge, VA for collaborating on this post. As always, all opinions (and photos of cute kids) are my own.
Summer is coming to close for us, but we’re trying to squeeze in a lot of last minute trips. My Timehop has been showing me photos from the quick roadtrip we took with the kids in Washington D.C. two years ago and I never shared those here! I know many other families are planning quick trips, and we’re even planning road trips for weekends after school starts. So many fun things to see, and so little time!
When the kids and I were in D.C., my husband was attending a conference. I had to figure out how to keep them entertained (and still obey nap times back at the hotel!) We were able to spend one day as our family of four before we continued on with our road trip.
Three things you should check out when you’re in D.C. with kids:
Smithsonian Zoo – As with all of the Smithsonian museums, the zoo is free admission. I had never been, and I was so excited to go! It’s easy to knock it out in a morning (we stayed through lunch before heading back to our hotel.) If you’re there in the hottest months, they had a lot of sprinklers/misters my son and I would walk through. My daughter was small, and I did my best to keep her cool as well. We loved that we could see so many animals, it was well laid out and it wasn’t so confusing to navigate.
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – During our trip, they were doing some renovations, so dinosaurs were hit or miss. However, this is the museum you’re going to want to see! My son loved the elephant (seen here) and we spent SO MUCH time in here.
The National Mall – The monuments may seem boring to some (many?) kids, but everything is so huge that my son didn’t seem to mind that we were taking in so much history. There’s plenty of green space for them to run, and I felt like it was a good way to spend our downtime.
We actually saw this while driving one night – and it was clearly about to storm. My son loved this view, though.
Lustine Toyota is located in Woodbridge, Virginia – not a far drive from Washington, D.C. They have a program they offer called Lustine Lifetime Bumper2Bumper. It’s coverage that compliments Auto4Life, and it eliminates the cost of vehicle repairs. Can you imagine owning a car without the worry of big repairs down the road? It’s only available at Lustine Toyota. They also have an on-site Veterans Memorial, which is located under Virginia’s largest American flag. It’s definitely worth checking out on your next trip in that area (they’re located just southwest of Alexandria.)