Day 3: Einstein, Lincoln, Smithsonian, & Union Station to name a few!
Day 3 in D.C. was packed full! I am so proud of how we pushed through and got to see so much in such a short time! The night before we decided the best way to get to the area of town where we wanted to be was to ride the city bus rather than the metro.
Excited to ride on a real city bus!
Although I was a bit intimidated to wander away from the familiarity of the metro the bus ended up being perfect and the boys were thrilled to try out yet another form of transportation. It dropped us off a block from the Lincoln Memorial and saved us the near-mile trek down the National Mall that we had already done the first day. Twice.
I absolutely loved the Lincoln Memorial! We all did. The architecture is truly stunning. The boys loved climbing the stairs and Benjamin didn’t stop talking about “Abwaham Winkin” for the rest of our trip. He would see his face around town and quickly point him out to us.
From there we walked toward the Vietnam Veteran Memorial. What a sobering experience to see just how many lost their lives in Vietnam.
At the Einstein Memorial we were joined by a school trip group of 4th graders from the midwest. The boys had a blast climbing all over him!
We couldn’t believe our luck when we discovered that a brand new circulator bus line route that would go from the Einstein Memorial to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History would be opening up…the very next day. There was no way around it, so we started the mile long walk up the National Mall to get to our next stop.
Handsome hunk and a snoozing baby in the Ergo
Rather than pay for overpriced museum food we decided that this food truck had just the right lunch for us! The five of us ate for $18. We thought this was a steal! Until we said “yest” to requests for ice cream that cost us another $12. Still, $30 for a family of five to eat AND get dessert. Not bad!
It was a long walk, but we finally made it! Elliott walked the whole time we were in D.C. with very little complaining. He even pushed the stroller some to help out. What a trooper!
This guy has been in a few movies!
Once again we were in a museum that was HUGE! We could have spent days here, but we still managed to whiz through and see a lot while we were there. My favorite exhibit was the ocean room. Elliott continues to amaze us with his ability to retain information. He was sharing facts with us that weren’t even listed in the exhibits. At one point I told him to go find out something he didn’t already know and come back to me. It took him a while to accomplish the task!
Prehistoric shark jawbone. Yikes!
Freaky vampire squid!
There was an entire exhibit devoted to these amazing fossils found all over the world. I had never seen such well preserved fossils and was amazed at how many were found right here in America.
We saw a neat bird exhibit, a mammals exhibit that included the evolution of man, a dinosaur/archeology exhibit, and practically an entire floor devoted to rocks and gems. We wound our way through the rooms on a mission to find none other than the Hope Diamond. Once we made our way past the crowds surrounding its case we finally got a glimpse. Pretty amazing.
As if we hadn’t already seen enough for one day we decided to squeeze in one more museum! The National Building Museum was one of the few things we had to pay for, but I had a Groupon. A lot of the sites I looked at recommended it for young children because it has several hands on play areas. One of my favorite things about this place was that we practically had it to ourselves! This was a nice change from the crowds we experienced at the zoo and the Smithsonian.
Of course the architecture inside the National Building Museum would be beautiful.
Trying to figure out what to do with all of the blue!
Overall, the museum was a fun addition to the trip. I’m not sure I would pay full price to go again, but it was definitely worth seeing once for a discounted price. And, it was a nice break not having to worry about losing the kids in the masses!
Finally, as the day was coming to a close we went out of our way to check out the famous Union Station. We had to do several line color changes on the metro during rush hour which felt like an adventure, but it was definitely worth it! We had dinner in the basement food court. Well, most of us did anyway.
After dinner we headed upstairs to check out the rest of the station. It was neat watching the hustle and bustle of the people making their way to their destinations. Finally, it was time for us to ride the metro one last time back to our side of town for our nightly swim!
While in D.C. we were able to cover so much ground considering we had three small children with us. If we had had more time we would have loved to have visited Mt. Vernon, gone paddle boating in the tidal basin, and visit the capitol and a few more monuments. We could not have been happier with our three days there! I never expected to love it as much as I did, and I never expected the boys to be such a breeze while we were there. They were truly amazing and we made memories to last a lifetime!