Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
1850 W. Basin Dr. S.W., west side of Tidal Basin
Washington, DC 20024
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.
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-4800 or (202) 673-0127
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
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.
West End of Mall
900 Ohio Dr. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
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?