Best Places To Entertain Grandparents On A Budget In Washington DC

March 1, 2013 8:00 AM

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Who says you have to stay at home when the grandparents are in town? There are plenty of places to go and things to do in Washington DC that are exciting and interesting to all members of the family, grandparents included. Check out one of these best places to entertain grandparents on a budget in Washington DC today.
International Spy Museum
800 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-7798
www.spymuseum.orgFor a once-in-a-lifetime experience, grab your grandparents and head to the International Spy Museum, the only museum in the world dedicated to the history of such a secretive profession.  Observe the largest collection of espionage equipment and artifacts, enjoy dinner and a drink with a real spy or adopt a new identity and experience the life of a secret agent man. The latest museum exhibit, Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains, features more than 100 artifacts from the film series as well as dozens of interactive exhibits. Admission for grandma and grandpa is only $15.95. Wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis.

Shakespeare Theatre Company
450 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 547-1122
www.shakespearetheatre.orgForget television. Take your grandparents to see a show instead. The Shakespeare Theatre Company features plays by, you guessed it, Shakespeare as well as other playwrights like Friedrich Schiller, Eugene O’Neill and Oscar Wilde. The venue also hosts a variety of interactive and educational events including post-performance discussions with production directors, actors/actresses, stage hands and guest scholars, daytime symposiums, happy hours and a variety of free events. Seniors age 60 and older enjoy 10 percent discount Monday through Thursday and a 50 percent discount for noon matinees on Wednesday. Must provide a valid form of identification to receive discount. Available accessibility features include special seating, large print program notes and infrared audio enhancements.

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555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(888) 639-7386

Relive more than five centuries of historic moments in the news as you explore one of DC’s most unique museums. The Newseum features a variety of newsworthy exhibits including the Berlin Wall gallery, Pulitzer Prize photographs, a First Amendment gallery and the 9/11 gallery. View front page news from more than 700 newspapers, participate in the new HP media gallery or pay your respects for journalists who perished while pursuing news stories. The venue also features 15 theaters, an interactive state-of-the-art news studio, gift shop and food court. Upcoming exhibits include a tribute to John F. Kennedy, Jr. General admission for seniors 65 and older is $17.95 plus tax.

Corcoran Gallery
500 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 639-1700

For the art lovers in your family, head on over to the historic Corcoran Gallery where you will find expansive 19th and 20th century art collections, lectures, tours, interactive programs, workshops and other special events. The Corcoran Gallery features a variety of art including paintings, photographs and sculptures as well as featured work from well-known American and European artists. Upcoming exhibits include early Hollywood portraits by Andy Warhol as well as contemporary photographs that begs visitors to question the state of our world. Learn more about the gallery with a free daily tour or enjoy a light lunch at the cafe. The Corcoran Gallery also features a gift shop. Admission cost for seniors is $8. Visitors with special needs are encouraged to contact the gallery prior to their arrival.

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Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22309
(703) 780-2000

Located just minutes from DC, the Mount Vernon Estate provides a wide variety of places to go and things to do to entertain everyone in the family. Explore our first president’s expansive mansion, wander around the beautiful gardens or visit the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, home to more than 500 original artifacts, 11 video presentations, various theaters and galleries. The Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens offers walking tours, sightseeing cruises, special exhibits and a daily wreath laying ceremony at Washington’s tomb. Visitors to the museum will also get the chance to “meet” those who played a key role in George Washington’s life including Mrs. Washington. General admission for seniors age 62 and over is $16. Available accessibility features include designated parking. Wheelchairs are also available at no extra cost.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at