Places to Go - Out and About Summer 2013, Part II - Local Wanderings


1. Claude Moore Colonial Farm's Summer Market Fair (McLean, VA) - We barely ever miss one of these. The shade keeps the heat from overwhelming.


2. US Botanical Gardens (Washington DC) - Did anyone really doubt that we'd be outside waiting for the gardens to open so we could see (and smell) the world's stinkiest flower at full bloom? Unfortunately, we still missed the stench (I guess the odor doesn't last very long).


Luckily, even without the odor of a dead elephant to brighten our visit, the botanical gardens are always a good time.


3. Mt. Vernon (Alexandria, VA) - T and I spent a ton of time here while the girls attended farm camp. Coco attempted to befriend the sheep (Mt. Vernon allows leashed dogs to visit, which is pretty awesome).


During the summer, Mt. Vernon offers 45 minutes sightseeing cruises from its dock for only $10 ($6 for children 6-12). Click here for times and additional information.


4. Adventure Park, USA (New Market, MD) - Sort of like Chuck E. Cheese meets the County Fair. The kids loved it. And unlimited laser tag is pretty awesome, even when only 4 people play. Click here for more information. (We went because of a Living Social deal, hopefully they'll offer more of these).


P missed the roller coaster cut-off by less than an inch. They're picky like that.


5. George Washington's Gristmill and Distillery(Alexandria, VA)
- The whiskey tour bored T, but the water wheel enchanted him. "When can we go back, mom? When? Can they turn it on for longer next time?" The tour is free with paid admission to Mt. Vernon. Click here for more info.

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