It’s graduation season in the Maryland and D.C. area, and while our nation’s capitol is flooded with museums and monuments to visit, there are several other hidden gems this city has to offer for families visiting. Here, we round up a few exciting and unique spots sure to make graduation a memorable occasion for all.
When the whole family is in town, making the decision of where to eat is nearly impossible. Union Market offers every type of food from spicy tofu tacos for the vegetarians to porkstrami sandwiches for the meat-lovers. While your mother can enjoy exploring the interior decor items at Salt & Sundry, your father can indulge in craft cocktails from Cotton & Reed’s distillery. 1309 5th St. NE
With a location far from the National Mall, the Arboretum is one of the hidden treasures of D.C. Take advantage of spring season by viewing the azalea blossoms before perusing the other exhibits. 3501 New York Ave. NE, 202-245-2726
Gather the whole family for this interactive mystery experience. At Escape the Room, groups are placed inside a seemingly ordinary space that’s really filled with hidden clues and puzzles aimed at helping visitors literally escape the room within an hour. 409 Seventh St. NW, 202-888-0802
The National Gallery of Art kicks off its 17th season of the “Jazz in the Garden Series” in May, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to kick back and relax to live music with a glass of sangria. Every Friday evening from May 19-August 25, the free concert series will feature various music styles from salsa to Afrofunk, all performed by talented jazz artists. 6th & Constitution Ave. NW, 202-737-4215