Whether looking for a quick and affordable weekend away or you’ve just been meaning to visit our nation’s capitol, families on a budget can have a full, fun and active weekend in Washington, D.C.
Although the mecca of wealth, power and government in this country, having a good time on a budget in D.C. is easily done thanks to the many free activities available to guests of all ages.
Bring the family through the Renwick Gallery for a free tour of the highlights and incredible exhibits. This unique and striking museum showcases innovative works, delving into the evolution of the arts. Like most museums and public spaces in D.C., admission is free, allowing for visitors on a budget to fully explore the arts and history of the city.
Open each weekend, the Eastern Market on Capitol Hill boasts beautiful handmade arts, crafts and fresh produce and flowers. Listen to free live music while browsing the 100 merchants or more who frequent the historic market, established in 1873. The market boasts a wide array of indoor and outdoor vendors selling prepared food for a nice fall picnic, or peruse some artwork and photography to take home.
Take some photographs of your own walking along the National Mall, stopping at any one of the many memorials, monuments and museums in the area. If your feet get tired, hop on the DC Circulator Bus, traveling from Union Station and the National Gallery of Art to the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials for $1. Every trip for the first two hours after your purchase is free, so it is easy to spend a lot of time and a little money checking out the must-see historic spots of Washington, D.C.
Be sure to check out the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, located in the scenic National Zoological Park. It’s one of the oldest in the country and admission is free. Stroll the grounds visiting lions, pandas, primates and the small mammal house. Bring the kids by the farm for a close look at alpacas, donkeys and domestic animals.
For some competitive fun, head to the Capital One Arena and watch the Washington Capitols play for $11–165 a ticket. Check out prices and schedules in advance for greater savings, or on a whim as tickets can usually be purchased online the day before.
With so much free fun available for visitors of all ages and interests, Washington, D.C., can clearly hold its own as an affordable destination for families. Spend the day hopping from free activities and sightseeing onboard public transportation and feel free to indulge in a night out with the family.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.