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Old 11-17-2012, 10:37 AM
 
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For the past few years, our family tradition has been to go out and do something as a family on Thanksgiving Day and then have our actual big family dinner on Friday. Our expanding family for this year's Thanksgiving outing will now include children aged 12, 5, and 8 months. We've done all the Smithsonian museums we care to check out, so looking for other ideas. I was hoping for a parade or something, but it looks like nothing is happening ON Thanksgiving Day except a bunch of runs/"turkey trots." We thought about Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, but I read a lot of reviews about how it's overpriced and pretty boring. Any ideas?

Oh, and to add to the mix, my 12-year-old niece also has a broken foot, so she's in a cast up to her knee. I'd thought about maybe the National Zoo, but I was afraid of how much walking that would be for her!
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:34 AM
 
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How about Ice! At the Gaylord National? Not cheap but it looks like fun. ICE! featuring DreamWorks Shrek the Halls | Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:02 PM
 
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It's supposed to be a beautiful day so you could go down to the waterfront in Old Town Alex. and take a cruise down to Mount Vernon. Spend a couple hours there and cruise back. The only downside is the walking around the estate. You could also cruise to Georgetown or take the water taxi across to National Harbor.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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The zoo is a lot of walking. I think I would try to do the ice stuff at the Gaylord. It can be pretty pricey; however, I thought I saw a Groupon for it last week. There's not a whole lot more to do around there so it wouldn't take up your whole day. I just can't think about what else is open.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:06 PM
 
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We went to ICE a few years ago in Florida and did not like it at all. It was expensive and after a little bit we just wanted to get out of there. It got old and very cold quickly. I think they keep the room under 20 degrees.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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The National Botanic Garden is spectacular at Christmas. They have models of all the buildings on the National Mall made entirely out of plants, and they have an incredible model train display. We go every year -- last year we went the day after Thanksgiving. It's our favorite Christmasy thing to see in DC. And it's free, of course!
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:36 AM
 
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Do they have boat cruises on the Potomac from Alexandria to Mt. Vernon during Thanksgiving? I didn't see any schedules for November. They do have the fancy lunch/dine-in cruises but I wasn't interested in those.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:50 AM
 
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Bull Run Festival of Lights? Not much walking.
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