Each year since Noah was one, we’ve visited the ICE show at the Gaylord Palms hotel. I had no idea they did the show in other places as well, but my aunt heard about it at the Gaylord National Conference Center in Maryland – so we all bundled up to check it out. The show was great, and it was so fun to see it in a new setting. My favorite part was seeing sculptures of the DC monuments (something we definitely don’t get in Orlando, and the kids loved zipping down the ice slides. After the show, we explored the hotel and enjoyed lunch before heading to DC for the afternoon.
So far, we’d crossed two of our three “must do” activities off the list – the BEP and a Smithsonian. Last on the list was the Washington Monument, so we were really excited to find a parking spot nearby. The crowds were minimal, so we were optimistic about making it to the top – until we learned that all the tickets had already been distributed for the day. Though we were all disappointed, Noah was excited just to touch the monument and spot the place where the marble changes colors (early vs. later construction). And, it gives us an excuse to come back soon.
I feel like we were able to get a taste of the city, get our bearings and have a better idea of what to do on our next trip. Pending more agreeable weather, I can see spending a day just walking around to see the monuments and get a closer look at the White House.
The best part of this trip to the city (for me) was listening to Noah point out the buildings – The Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, White House and Washington Monument were all landmarks he recognized from our studies. We also got to see several motorcades, as well as Marine One in action!