U.S. National Arboretum in D.C.

The SCS family decided to escape VA and head over to D.C. for the day. We wanted to get out before the weather became cold enough for coats. We went to explore the 446 acres of the U.S. National Arboretum. It is a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, green space and more, on the outskirts of the city. It is also home to the Capitals original columns, the perk of going for Daddy SCS and myself!
 Sam's favorite part was the children's garden and exploration area. We were only able to explore a small section of the Arboretum, but were smitten with the area and can't wait until the spring so we can head back with the family bikes. Sam was able to explore the corn growing in the garden as well as wild flowers and local plants. 

The children's garden wasn't at it's peak, due to the season, but we could tell in the summer it is the place to be! 
The sunflowers towered over Sam's head while the tickle plants collapsed around her fingers. 
The children's garden space had plenty of seating for a family picnic as well as sand pits and musical instruments. 
Working Bee Hives
Picnic Tables
Vegetable Garden
Musical Instruments
For such a short drive, a whole world of plant life to explore! Well worth the trip. Best of all FREE! I'll have to update again in the spring when we take our bikes to fully explore the grounds! 

SCS Fast Facts:
Jogging Stroller Friendly

- Family Bike Friendly
- Public Restrooms
- Picnic Areas

- Free Parking
- Free Admissions

Helpful Websites:
Arboretum Website: http://www.usna.usda.gov/

What did/do you love about the Arboretum? Add your comments and suggestions below!