With the colors of the trees changing, and the tremendous heat wave D.C. saw this summer finally abating, families may once again step out to enjoy outdoor activities together. The five best ways to spend a fall day, all selected specially for families, include visiting D.C.’s Giant Panda Habitat and the Asia Trail exhibits at the Smithsonian National Zoo, apple picking at Butlers Orchard, hiking along the kid-friendly Limberlost Trail, and visiting Discovery Theater and the National Air and Space Museum.
Apple picking time is here, and fear not, the Washington area offers plenty of orchard options. The apple harvest in the Washington area lasts from August to December and peaks in October, boasting red and golden delicious, empire, idared, jonagold, mustu/crispin, Rome, stayman/winesap, york, fuji, gala and, of course, granny smith varieties. Try them all, most are good for baking too. Orchards not included here but also worth checking out are Butlers Orchard and Homestead Farm. For the top five, however, head to these area favorites.
With school is around the corner, this is the ideal time for busy families to let their candle burn at both ends and enjoy all that D.C. has to offer. Get the kids out of the house and soak up the last few days of summer in Penn Quarter, one of the area’s best places to play before school starts.
Get away for some quality time together and rekindle your romance in D.C., now that summer break is almost over and the kids are getting ready to go back to school. You’ve earned it. D.C. has plenty of places that are fun and exciting for couples looking to get away, while avoiding loud clubs with throbbing music and places overrun with kids and families. Head out with your loved one for some special together time at D.C.’s best places to rekindle that spark.
It’s back to school time, which means shopping, shopping and, oh yeah, spending. This year, take it away from the chains and check out these awesome, local businesses guaranteed to give you everything you need without the hustle and bustle of big box stores. These represent D.C.: vibrant, different and definitely not run of the mill.
Washington, D.C. is one of the most dog-friendly cities around, and there are many places you can take your dog within the city. Outside of D.C., however, options abound for an entire day with your dog. The best places to take a doggy day trip promise both athletic and boozy extras, and even a city to explore with your pup.
Combine fun with learning for a perfect day out with the kids this summer. D.C. promises no shortage of opportunities to get out of the house and play, with cheap and free options the whole family will love. Head out with the family for a little fun and excitement once school lets out at the best places to spend a summer day in D.C.
The next best thing to playing on a team is getting some old-fashioned baseball practice at the batting cages. D.C.’s best batting cages promise a little something extra with every swing, from fast balls to waterpark playtime. Knock a few out of the park at the best batting cages the area has to offer.
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