Visit Georgetown in Washington, D.C. with Kids

Families travel to Washington, D.C. every day, in search of national landmarks, museums and memories. When traveling with kids, it’s always a good idea to vary the itinerary so that museums and attractions do not blend together. Georgetown in Washington, D.C. is a perfect destination with kids, for a day away from national monuments and politics.

The Georgetown Waterfront in Washington, D.C. was once lined with wharfs and flour mills. While the now trendy neighborhood bears little resemblance to its historical image, the area is full of hidden treasures. Whether you are spending a day or a weekend in the charming neighborhood, this bustling corner of Washington, D.C. is not to be missed. Both Capital Hilton and Washington Hilton are just a little over a mile from the start of Georgetown.

Explore the Georgetown Waterfront
The industrial factories that once symbolized the Georgetown Waterfront have been replaced with crowds of families, restaurants and local boaters tied up along the dock in the summer months. The Potomac River invites children to tempt fate on the rocky edge just steps away from passing ducks.

The 10-acre waterfront is perfect for families to sit back and relax while enjoying the view of the Kennedy Center or Roosevelt Island. Children can feed the ducks, explore a labyrinth, or cool off on a hot summer day under the spray of 50-foot arcs of water in the fountain that transforms this city park into a child’s wonderland.

Go back in time on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath gives families a perfect place to walk and learn about the Georgetown’s history. The canal was once a major hub for coal, lumber and agricultural products in the 1880s. Children will love running along the canal, while parents will admire the Federal, Victorian and Colonial style row houses and condominiums that flank the waterway.

Georgetown Washington DC - C&O Canal Tow Path
Walking along the C&O Canal Tow Path in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Shop or run along M Street
For shoppers, M Street is a haven for window shopping (and shopping sprees). Big name brands rub elbows with small boutiques that offer anything from antiques to trendy apparel or books. There is even a special design district known as Cady’s Alley.

Tip: M Street can be very crowded on a weekend afternoon (or evening) and can feel like a gauntlet, especially with kids in tow. Shop early or during the week for the best chance to stroll without being stuck in a crowd.

At the far end of this busy street, just across from the Key Bridge lie the famous Exorcist steps. Locals use these steep stairs as part of their workout routines, running up and down over and over again. Children, like my 9 year-old, will also love running as fast as they can up and down the 75 steps.

Georgetown Washington DC - Exorcist steps
The stone steps featured in The Exorcist can be found at the corner of Prospect St. NW and 36th St. NW leading down to M Street NW.

Best Georgetown Restaurants for Kids

Looking for the best Georgetown restaurants to visit with kids? Here are a few ideas from among the many restaurants and cafes in a neighborhood known for its variety:

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Know Before You Go

  • Many of the monuments and memorials surrounding the National Mall are open 24 hours a day!
  • Driving through the city isn’t recommended – walking or taking the Washington Metro are great ways to navigate the city.
  • Be prepared for numerous security checks if you are visiting any government buildings!

Exorcist Steps photo by Daniel Lobo / CC BY 2.0

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