– Smithsonian Mall at night: check out the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial & the World War II Memorial, both open until 11:30 p.m. Many sites are beautifully light up and worth seeing from the outside at night, especially the White House from the Independence Ave rear side.
– Most museums close at 5:30, exceptions are Portrait Gallery & Museum of American Art (co joined and off the Mall about 4 blocks) which are open until 7 p.m. daily
– Unless your heart is set on it, why pay to go to the Spy Museum, the Building Museum, and the Newseum if you haven’t been to all the other free museums– at least a dozen.
– SORE FEET? If there are 4 of you, take a cab home to THE MONROE HOUSE, it’s not that much more than riding the Metro, especially IF YOU ARE TRAVELING AT RUSH HOUR. And don’t forget to check out the foot massager machine in the living room.
– City Paper: local hip tabloid with lots of entertainment options outlined
– Washington Post: our local newspaper with great listings of free or inexpensive events along with everything else: See Friday’s Weekend Section; See Local Living Section; See Style section on Tuesday for weekly Going out Guide.
– Washington Examiner: given out free at Metros
– National Arboretum: Bonzai and a dozen different gardens, free, great walking
– Anderson Cottage– use by Lincoln and 4 other presidents: museum free, tour requires reservations/$15, free to walk around the house and see the view down the the capital as Lincoln did
– Union Market – 40 artisan food purveyors, foodies delight open Wed – Sunday lunch & dinner
– Our world class National Zoo is free. Take the Redline to Cleveland Park, go down 2 level blocks (If you get off at Woodley Park as they suggest, you will be walking uphill for two very long blocks)
– Kennedy Center free concerts at 6:00 in the atrium 7 days a week
– Most of the Smithsonian Museums have children’s programs
– Children’s Museum
– Playground at Turkey Thicket: 7 blks
– Swimming Pool at Turkey Thicket with children’s lake entrance, & fountain of water
– Walk them around the Franciscan Monastery Gardens
SAFETY @ THE MONROE HOUSE
– Smoke detectors both floors
– Carbon Monoxide detector, 1ST FLOOR
– 5 hospitals on edge of neighborhood
– Band aids & minor medical supplies in bathroom
– Flashlights on both floors
– Fire extinguishers on both floors
– EMERGENCIES & FIRE: call 911 & give them address: 1332 Monroe Street Northeast