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5 Things You Should Consider Adding to Your D.C. Trip

Washington, D.C., is ripe with educational opportunities for you and your classroom. It may actually be hard to choose where you should spend your time—because there truly is so much to learn! In addition to thought-provoking buildings, monuments and national treasures, consider these options for your next trip to the U.S. capital.

National Law Enforcement Museum

With its mission of introducing the proud history and many facets of American law enforcement in an opportunity not found anywhere else, the National Law Enforcement Museum’s “walk in the shoes” experience lets visitors learn what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer through innovative and engaging exhibits, artifacts and programs. The museum seeks to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve through programs that promote a dialogue on current event topics.

The Newseum

Students can visit the Newseum to immerse themselves in the story of news, the role of a free press in major events in history, and how the core freedoms of the First Amendment—religion, speech, press, assembly and petition—apply to their lives. Newseum strives to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press through interactive exhibits and theaters.

Spirit Dinner and Dance Cruise

Perfect for a relaxing end to a fun-filled day, a Spirit cruise provides students with breathtaking views along the Potomac River. Whether showing a new side of the city or celebrating another school year on the books, Spirit cruises deliver a memorable experience. Add lunch or dinner, entertainment choices such as a live band or DJ, and even a photobooth or caricature artist.

National Zoological Park

Situated on 163 acres in the heart of Rock Creek Park, Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is home to 2,700 animals representing more than 390 species. Students can see lions, bobcats, elephants, African clawed frogs, Goliath bird-eating tarantula and more—all while learning about the zoo’s conservation efforts.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Born into slavery in 1818, Frederick Douglass spent his life fighting for justice and equality, having eventually escaped slavery and become a leader in the abolitionist movement. Douglass' legacy is preserved at Cedar Hill, where he lived his last 17 years. Rangers lead students through the historic home, on a guided tour of the first and second floors.

Courtesy of Hemisphere Educational Travel.