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The 30 best things to do in Washington, D.C., with kids

From vintage carousels to world-renowned museums, D.C. offers something for every family. We’ve mapped our 30 top picks.

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The D.C. area’s best bike trails, mapped

From Mount Vernon Trail to the Capital Crescent Trail, see what the area has in store for those who like to explore in the great outdoors.

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20 secret gardens and green spaces in Washington, D.C.

Sit back, relax, and soak up the sun in these 20 secret gardens, parks, and green spaces in Washington, D.C.

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The D.C. area’s 24 best ice-skating rinks, mapped

These venues offer classes, competitions, and kid-friendly fun.

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17 military monuments, museums, and memorials in the D.C. area

Where to honor U.S. veterans and military members in and around the nation’s capital.

Rock Creek Park seeks new signage with National Park Service grant

The $225,000 grant must be matched with private funds.

New hiking trail to open east of the Anacostia River this weekend

The Pope Branch Trail is the first unpaved trail managed by the city.

Officials to present design concepts for Georgetown C&O Canal rehabilitation

A public meeting on a required environmental review is set for November 7.

New downtown foundation to support work on parks, homelessness, and events

The foundation is backed by a variety of local businesses.

National Park Service scraps proposal to charge fees for D.C. protests

The rules would have increased barriers to demonstrating along the National Mall.

Major landscape architecture firms selected to help preserve the Tidal Basin

The popular basin and surrounding cherry trees face danger from rising sea levels.

Final designs for World War I Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue NW receive approval

Federal planning commissioners endorsed the memorial this week.

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30 essential places to visit in D.C. right now

From lesser-known museums to some of the region’s finest parks

Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park to fully reopen Friday

The road will be accessible around noon September 27, the National Park Service says.

11th Street Bridge Park construction to begin in 2021

Officials will hold a meeting about the highly anticipated project next week.

Pop-up parks will appear across D.C. this Friday

The city is holding its annual PARK(ing) Day, a public space event.

Tickets go quickly at Washington Monument reopening

The monument is open again after being closed for upgrades since 2016.

‘Large-scale xylophone’ to be installed in downtown park as public art

The display celebrates the relationship between the U.S. and Poland.

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18 great spots for admiring fall foliage in D.C.

Change is in the air.

Franklin Square renovations could get underway this fall

The District is looking for a contractor to complete the $13 million project.

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Where to find community gardens in D.C.

There are dozens spread across the city, waiting to be tilled.

Historic Georgetown C&O Canal locks near completion of repairs

A ribbon cutting with local and federal officials is planned for September 12.

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Where to find dog parks in D.C.

With more than a dozen dog parks, the District has plenty of places for your furry friend(s) to run around.

Convenient Rock Creek Park trail will close for up to three months for storm drain work

The Klingle Valley Trail shuts down September 3.

The National Zoo is hosting a three-hour wine tasting September 12

Red, white, and zoo

Bei Bei the giant panda celebrates his last National Zoo birthday

Now that he’s four, he will relocate to China in the coming months.

People will fish along the Tidal Basin on the night of August 22

The only catch? Registration for the event is already closed

Months-long Metropolitan Branch Trail detour begins in Eckington today

The trail will receive design changes expected to be completed in November

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Where to find public pools in Washington, D.C.

From outdoor pools to indoor pools, take a dive near you

D.C.’s outdoor public pools begin closing for the season this weekend

But some of the pools will stay open through Labor Day

Should Rock Creek Park have ‘National’ in its name?

New legislation by D.C.’s congressional delegate would make the addition

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Where to find kid-friendly spray parks in D.C.

The little ones can cool off easily at these 26 locations

Confederate statue near Judiciary Square should be removed, D.C. delegate says

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton proposes a congressional bill to relocate the statue

National Park Service to host first regular meeting with D.C. residents tonight

The federal agency recently agreed to meet each quarter with locals

D.C. parking spots will be turned into temporary mini parks in September

City planners are accepting pitches for pop-up designs

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12 D.C. area hikes worth traveling to, mapped

Get your hiking boots ready!

NoMa project chosen by city proposes nearly 600 apartments, retail, and a park

The one-acre site is located at North Capitol Street and N Street NE

363-foot rocket to be projected onto the Washington Monument this week

The display will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing

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