City Guide: 10 FREE Things to Do in Washington D.C.
There are hundreds of free things to do in Washington DC and this is NOT a comprehensive list. We frequently visit the nation’s capital to visit family and friends and love exploring the city. Over the past couple of visits, we have enjoyed visiting the following ten spots:
10 Family Friendly Spots in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Known as “America’s oldest seaport”, Gloucester was the largest fishing port in America in the second half of the 19th century, and one of the top five ports in the world at that time. In addition to its contributions to the fishing industry, Gloucester also produced granite in nearby quarries as well as a thriving art community. Founded in 1623, the city is less than one hour north of Boston, directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Gloucester is one of four communities (Essex, Rockport, and Manchester-by-the-Sea are the other three communities) that make up the Cape Ann district.
10 Things to Do in New York City on a Rainy Day
We’re fortunate to live a short drive from Manhattan and try and get to “The City” as often as we can. I enjoy visiting each season, although the holiday season is definitely my favorite! Read our list of holiday traditions in New York City here. Recently, several readers and followers have asked about indoor activities (since it was still winter at the time) for kids and I thought I would compile a list of all the indoor places we have explored and our favorite activity at each spot.
20 Family Friendly Places to Explore in Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, is known for many things: being the “City of Brotherly Love”; the home of the cheesesteak, the first bank, and the Liberty Bell; and the place where “eagles fly.” Home to over one million people and less than a two hour drive from both New York City and Baltimore, it’s probably most know for being the first capitol of America and the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. There certainly is a lot of history “preserved” in Philadelphia, but there’s also a ton of other ways to explore the city with kids. Before you head to Philadelphia, check out VisitPhilly.com for tons of recommendations, itineraries, and calendars. The website is well organized and has suggestions organized by neighborhood, season, or family friendly activities. If you’re planning on visiting for a few days, consider purchasing a CityPass or Philadelphia Pass, both of which offer substantial savings if you visit multiple locations (most of which are on my top 20 list).
Six Ways to Explore Providence, Rhode Island in the Winter
Rhode Island make take some heat for being the smallest state in America, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in family-friendly fun. Providence, the state capital, is located one hour south of Boston and three hours north of New York City. My family has driven through the Ocean State several time on the way to visit family (check out my posts on nearby Newport, Bristol, and The Farmer’s Daughter) but we’ve never stayed in town for more than a day.
On our way home from celebrating Christmas in Boston, we decided to spend some time exploring Providence. Even though the weather was chilly (mid 20s-30s), we enjoyed lots of indoor and outdoor fun. Here are some of our favorite activities for family fun in Providence:
Bringing Kids to an Art Museum: The Guggenheim
It may seem like an unlikely place to visit with children: an art museum. You may be concerned that your child will be bored, cranky, or worse- so hyper that he or she goes sprinting through the exhibit halls touching every priceless masterpiece. For a while, that was my nightmare. For years, we stuck to the children’s museum- aquarium-zoo circuit. However, now that my children are out of the toddler/preschool phase, I’ve been trying new places with them when we travel.
So, when I ordered tickets to Peter and the Wolf at the Guggenheim in New York City (read about the various holiday things we like to do in New York City here), I thought it would also be fun to check out the museum.