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The ultimate DC guide to entertaining difficult visitors

Published On 07/25/2013 Published On 07/25/2013
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1. National Building Museum 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Downtown)

This museum features architecturally-inspired mini-golf for the kids.

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2. Smithsonian National Zoological Park 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008 (Woodley Park)

Lions and tigers and bears, oh, you get it. See them all -- plus the famous pandas -- at the capitol's famous zoo.

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3. National Children's Museum at National Harbor 151 St George Blvd, National Harbor, MD 20745 (National Harbor)

This museum offers up cultural and educational opportunities to spark children's imaginations and inspire them.

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4. Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, VA 20151

The Dulles outpost of the Air and Space Museum features some epic aircrafts, and the space shuttle Discovery.

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5. Tidal Basin Paddle Boats 1501 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024 (Downtown)

Rent paddle boats and take in views of the Jefferson Memorial from the water.

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6. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens 4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008 (Cleveland Park)

The former home and estate of Marjorie Merriwether Post contains relics from a previous era, like furniture and jewelry.

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7. Arlington National Cemetery 214 McNair Rd, Arlington, VA 22211 (Arlington)

This cemetery is a hallowed burial grounds for our nation's veterans. Visitors can also pay homage at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and witness the changing of the guard.

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8. The Willard Intercontinental 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Downtown)

This swanky hotel features the famous Peacock Alley, which's serving up the best afternoon tea in town.

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9. Torpedo Factory 105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Alexandria)

This art haven features work by local artists and views into their workshops.

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10. The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500 (Downtown)

The home of the current President of the United States and the center of the Executive branch of the American government.

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12. Key Bridge Boathouse 3500 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Georgetown)

Rent kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards from this waterfront activity center.

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13. Quarterdeck Restaurant 1200 Fort Myer Dr, Arlington, VA 22209 (Arlington)

This American restaurant dishes out seafood year-round -- but it's best to come during crab season and order up a bunch to pick.

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14. Capital Segway 1350 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Sight-see around the city via Segway with these organized tours.

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15. TopGolf Alexandria 6625 S Van Dorn St, Alexandria, VA 22315 (Alexandria)

This "golf entertainment complex" features micro-chipped balls that help you keep score.

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