Exploring DC On Paternity Leave


I love the city of DC, but I usually explore our nation’s capital on week nights and on the weekends. Work calls me during the day. Having four weeks off for paternity leave, gives me the chance to see a new side of DC during the day in the middle of the week.

Our baby is 17 days old and we’re grateful to have the energy to go out and explore this city a few times since she arrived. Here’s what we’ve done and what was easy to do in between feedings:

  1. Eastern Market: This historic indoor market is great for new parents because you can shop, eat lunch, and relax all in one place. At one end of the market, there is seating and quiet spots to nurse and free live music. If you’re feeling more adventurous, walk down to Barracks Row and stop by Peregrine on the way for DC’s best latte.
  2. Georgetown: One of DC’s nighest neighborhoods full of little alleys with hidden cupcake shops and coffee shops. During the day, you should be able to find parking. Stroll along the canal or Georgetown Waterfront Park and get a strawberry cupcake at Baked and Wired.
  3. National Gallery of Art: This art gallery is massive with a West Building for the older art and the East Building for more modern art. A fun tunnel connects the two buildings giving you a light show as you go from one end to the other. As you explore the gallery, you’ll stumble upon courtyards and fountains. It’s a great museum for new moms because: 1) There are free concerts during the day, 2) There are many quiet, hidden benches to nurse, 3) You’ll pass by many kid tour groups inspiring you to what is to come as your baby grows.
  4. National Museum of African American History and Culture: If you’re up nursing already, grab free same day tickets here right at 6:30AM. It’s a massive museum that will take 6-8 hours to get through it, but it’s size plays to your favor and you should be able to find a corner to nurse.
  5. Union Market: Built on the historic site of Central Market, Union Market is a large indoor market with dozens of shops and eateries. They host many events (including a few for kids) and many quiet corners to nurse, read, or just sit and watch people.

Those are a few trips we’ve made as a family of three in the 17 days we’ve been parents. I’d love to hear your DC adventures with kids!

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