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Best Places To Take Pictures Of Your Kids In Washington, D.C.

September 15, 2011 9:31 AM

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Just think, your child’s life is a bit like the president’s – it’s one big photo op! Fortunately, getting a great picture of your little one’s in Washington, D.C., is much easier than taking a picture of the president! Here are some of the best places to take pictures of your kids in Washington, D.C. – Kathryn McKay

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

1850 W. Basin Dr. S.W., west side of Tidal Basin
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 426–6841
www.nps.gov/fdrm

Get in line. Everyone else does. Even the most jaded teens don’t seem to mind joining the breadline to pose for a photo at this memorial dedicated to our 32nd president. Little ones love to pet the statue of Fala, Roosevelt’s Scottish terrier. If your child is too tuckered out to stand for a photo, ask him or her to sit by the radio just like kids did when Roosevelt was in office.

National Zoo

3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-4800 or (202) 673-0127
www.nationalzoo.si.edu

Of course, the National Zoo is one of the best places to take pictures of your kids in Washington, D.C.! But did you know that there a lot more ideas here than the traditional shots in front of the animals? You can take a picture of your child petting a goat the Kids’ Farm area. Or how about a shot of your kids moving a piece of cheese on the huge rubber surfaced pizza garden? Or ask your child to act like the animal of his or her choice? The National Zoo’s wide open green spaces offer lots of places to play and pose!

United States National Arboretum

3501 New York Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 245–2726
www.USNA.usda.gov

Some of the best places to take pictures of your kids in Washington, D.C., are a bit off the beaten path. At this 446-acre sanctuary with koi fish, an aquatic garden, 15,000 azaleas, a grove of state trees and a bonsai museum filled with tiny, priceless trees, the opportunities are endless. For a truly special shot, find the twenty-two sandstone Corinthian columns that once stood at the east portico of the U.S. Capitol.

Lincoln Memorial

West End of Mall
900 Ohio Dr. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 426-6841
www.nps.gov/linc

One of the most iconic images in the city is also one of the best places to take pictures of your kids in Washington, D.C. Although your kids can’t sit on Lincoln’s lap, they can stand in front of Honest Abe or the reflecting pool. For a truly special picture, why not ask your child to stand in the exact spot (it’s marked) where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963?

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