I don’t know about you, but I could use a little time a gardens right now. We recently headed downtown to soak in the lush greenness and check out the holiday displays at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
I’d visited this place quite a few times, but the kids had never been, and they really enjoyed being able to explore the garden from different levels, getting a ground-level view,
and then heading up on the catwalk for a different perspective,
and then back down again to look up.
We had intended to see the model trains at the Seasons’ Greetings: National Parks and Historic Places exhibit, (trains, plants, and plant-based versions of more than 50 National Parks!) but the line, which requires a separate entrance, was quite long, and our resident three-year-old was having None of That.
Lucky for us, the exhibit was not confined to that one area, so we still saw plenty of interesting plant-based recreations of D.C. places, including the Washington Monument,
the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building,
and the National Museum of the American Indian (which, in real life, is next door). The kids were especially impressed by the cocoa tree behind it.
Feeling meta? The U.S. Botanic Garden, inside the U.S. Botanic Garden.
There was even a Yellowstone Room complete with a train, so as far as our resident three-year-old was concerned he saw the train, and was quite happy.
We are fortunate to live so close to Washington, D.C., where interesting places such as this are free.