I feel very blessed. I live in the metro DC area; one of the best areas to homeschool in. We are a short drive away (as long as there is no traffic ;0)from the Capital, numerous museums, historical landmarks, homes of our nation's founding fathers, and many battlefields. But, just two weeks ago, we found a hidden gem: The National Arboretum.
Buffalo Grandma and Grandpa (as K likes to call them) were down for a visit. I was trying to think of a good place to take them. A place that they would like, the boys would like and that we would not get stuck in traffic going to and from. We have driven past the Arboretum a bunch of times, but I had not given it a lot of consideration before. It is not in the best part of DC and, from the road, it looks pretty bare. But, I thought it might be a good place to check out. It was a nice day and at least the boys would enjoy running around outside.
Well, it was a hit! There is a Koi pond (and you can feed the fish!). There are many walking trails (or you can take a driving tour). The area is beautiful!! There is a lot of staff manicuring the grounds and they are very knowledgeable (we learned all about a type of fern!). Plus, there are plenty of places to have a picnic lunch (so, if you go, pack your lunch)! And, best of all, it is not crowded.
We had a great time there and are planning another trip in a few weeks. So, if you are in the area, go check it out!