Hanami: Beyond the Blooms is an immersive, multi-room experience that takes you on springtime renewal journey. Photo courtesy of Artechouse
Hanami: Beyond the Blooms is an immersive, multi-room experience that takes you on springtime renewal journey. Photo courtesy of Artechouse

Best Things To Do in Washington DC in September with Kids: Museum Reopenings, Gardens, and Festivals

We're scouring the DC metro area for family-friendly events, and our Washington DC Events calendar is starting to flex its live-and-in-person muscles again.

Museums are starting to reopen, and you can visit The National Gallery of Art, The Hirschhorn Sculpture Garden, The Spy Museum, Tudor Place Gardens, and The National Museum of Women in the Arts. You can even immerse yourself in cherry blossoms (Pretend it's spring!) at Artechouse.

In NOVA, monarch butterflies should be thinking about winging their way south, and the Long Branch and Gulf Branch nature centers have some fun programs planned this month to share with little ones. If your progeny prefer slithering reptiles, Burke Lake Park is hosting some snake-themed workshops that might hit the spot.

Plus, there's still time to hit the beaches, zoom out of town for a little day trip, and maybe shake up the routine with a drive-in movie. Find all the best things to do in DC this weekend, week, and the rest of the month.


President Lincoln's Cottage
140 Rock Creek Church Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20011

Hirschhorn Museum
Independence Ave and 7th St
Washington, DC 20560

Spy Museum
700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Artechouse
1238 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

Tudor Place
1644 31st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20005

Long Branch Nature Center at Glencarlyn Park
625 S Carlin Springs Rd
Arlington, VA 22204

Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Great Country Farms
18780 Foggy Bottom Road
Bluemont, VA 20135

National Harbor
98 National Harbor Blvd
Oxon Hill, MD

Wellsview Cottage
613 Ridgely Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401

Bengies Drive-in
3417 Eastern Blvd
Middle River, MD 21220

Luray Caverns
101 Cave Hill Road
Luray, VA 22835

Snowflex
4000 Candlers Mountain Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502

Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center
13470 Dowell Road
Solomons, MD

Family Drive-In Theatre
5890 Valley Pike
Stephens City, VA 22655

Thompson Boat Center
2900 Virginia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

Fletcher's Boathouse
4940 Canal Rd NW
Washington, DC 20007

Key Bridge Boathouse
3500 Water St NW
Washington, DC 20007

The Wharf Boathouse
700 Water St SW
Washington, DC 20024

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East
Luray, VA 22835

Virginia Safari Park
229 Safari Lane
Natural Brudge, VA 24578

Lilypons Water Gardens
6800 Lily Pons Road
Adamstown, MD 21710

Kilgore Falls Rocks State Park
3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Rd
Jarrettsville, MD 21084

Cunningham Falls State Park
14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd
Thurmont, MD 21788

Beaver Dam Swimming Club
10820 Beaver Dam Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Great Falls Park
George Washington Memorial Parkway
McLean, VA 22101

Ladew Topiary Gardens
3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve
13019 Catoctin Furnace Road
Thurmont, MD 21788

National Harbor
165 Waterfront Street
National Harbor , MD 20745
Colonial Market & Fair
Mount Vernon - 9:00 AM Pick
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Reopens
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center - 10:00 AM Pick
Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park
Leesburg Animal Park - 10:30 AM Pick
World Heritage Festival
Manassas Museum Lawn - 11:00 AM Pick
Corn Maze and Apple Harvest
Great Country Farms - various times Pick
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