When we were in Northern Virginia for my high school reunion, we scheduled in an extra day to take the boys in to DC. They had never been. We met up with friends in Alexandria and then caught the metro (subway) in. It was a steamy hot day, and I'd forgotten how crazy packed DC gets with tourists in the summer, particularly on a weekend. We went to the Museum of Natural History and it was so crowded that I didn't take many pictures. I was trying to make sure we didn't lose any children!
As a kid, this was my favorite of all the Smithsonians. My little brother and I would often fight when we headed into DC for a day, because he wanted to do Air and Space and I wanted to do Natural History. My parents made us alternate.
One thing I loved about visiting was that in the basement they had rows and rows of specimen drawers and you could pull them out to examine fossils, plants, shells and such. We didn't have time to do that on this trip (if it is still open).
One new addition that wasn't there previously, were the x-ray machines to get in to all the museums. With the crowds on the day we went, there were lines to get in all the museums.
Of course the highlight for the twins were all the dinosaurs. They were especially impressed by the T-Rex.
I think next time we head up to DC, we'll do so on a random Tuesday in February, so we can take our time without worrying about all the gobs of people! The boys seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly, though, and were fascinated to see all the different animals.
Readers, do you avoid crowds like me, or are you the 'more the merrier' type?