When we asked our kids (ages 9, 8 and 5) what they wanted to do/see in DC they said, "The monuments!" They were especially interested in the MLKJ Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. We only did a couple monuments a day during our trip since we knew we would already be doing a lot of walking, and on day three we made it to the Lincoln Memorial. They were so excited.
I was happy to see that the reflecting pool leading up to the steps had recovered from last years restoration work, so the kids were able to see it filled in and nothing was blocked off.
Our first stop was the bathroom that was so kindly placed inside the monument for our use. After that we decided to cheat and took the elevator up to see the statue of Lincoln. My 8-year-old had learned about the monuments in school, and he, like my husband, loves explaining things. He explained to us about the open hand and the fisted hand, and was excited to be able to see it up close and personal.
Two of Lincoln's famous speeches were on the side walls, one the Gettysburg Address, the other his inagural speech from his second term. We made sure to point out the Gettysburg Address since we would be heading there the end of the week to finish off our vacation. I love how everything fits together.
It was definitely well worth the trip, and I'm going to say it was one of their favorite stops in DC.
This monument is monolithic. If Abraham Lincoln were to see it, I think he'd be embarrassed by how pretentious it is. He was such a humble guy. I think he'd have been happier if they'd planted a tree in honor of him on the national mall instead of building such a big pile of marble. Let's face it, the monument makes us as a country, without a wealthy aristocracy to patronize the arts, look good. It's an ego trip.
One of my favorite things to do while in DC is visit the Lincoln Memorial. The steps leading up to it and the awesome statue of President Lincoln is so neat. It's one of the best places to get pictures too - with President Lincoln in the background. The reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial is such a pretty place also. This needs to be visited both during the day and at night.
Everyone has heard of Abraham Lincoln, and I doubt you could find someone who has not at least seen a photo of the Lincoln Memorial, but you simply haven’t seen it until you’ve seen it up close. As a homeschooling family, we have studied Abraham Lincoln’s life, presidency and death in depth. Earlier in the year, we were fortunate enough to see both his birthplace and his childhood home. My daughters are both fascinated by Lincoln, so when we got to the memorial, they were enthralled. The size of the marble building is daunting from the ground, but even more so when you actually get inside. The girls were amazed to see him sitting in the chair, and excited to have their pictures taken in front of it, but after a few minutes, they settled down and enjoyed reading his words from the inscription on the wall. It was truly inspiring to see so many people from so many different countries all over the world, and all speaking different languages, there to admire the marble form of one of the most remarkable men in our history. In addition to the statue, there is also a lower level where exhibits about his life and presidency are open to the public as well. While the other exhibits are geared more toward older children (10 and older) and adults, the statue is interesting to all ages and the view from the top of the steps is extraordinary. Don’t forget: As with all National Parks, there is a Junior Ranger Badge to be earned at this location. Elevators are available for stroller and disabled access to the statue level from the bottom of the building. Bathrooms are located on the lower level.
This should be at the top of your sight-seeing list. Not only is the Lincoln Memorial a landmark in our history, but the sheer beauty of it is amazing. It is so neat to see so many people from all across the world in one place, and to be able to look across the National Mall at the Washington Monument. Make sure to stop by at night, as it is truly picture perfect.
This was neat to see. You have a lot of respect for our country when you come here and are reminded by the great men who served as our Presidents. It was fun to see this in real life instead of the movie screen. This is worth your time if you visit the Mall.
The Lincoln Memorial is such a fun one for the entire family. You just cannot imagine the size of Lincoln and his chair until you get all the way to the top! I would totally recommend this for families, especially those who homeschool. Also, if your children have watched the Night at the Museum II where Lincoln gets out of his chair and walks around, I'm sure they'd like to see the real statue of Lincoln!
Before I went to the memorial, I had only seen pictures. Let me just be the one to tell you that pictures do not do this place justice! It is huge, and incredible. Inside the memorial Lincoln's speech is engraved on the wall. It was amazing. I also happened to be there right at sunset, so I got some amazing pictures! The kids really loved how large Lincoln was, and that they got to learn about him while we were there. It may have been a little boring, as they kind of got a history lesson in, but i think they really enjoyed it.
The Lincoln Memorial is a fantastic stop to make. It's near the end of the mall so you really get a great view looking down toward the Washington Monument. There is lots of space to wander and the reflecting pool is really beautiful in front of the Memorial. It's quite something to stand on those steps and think about the history of our Country. What an awesome educational experience for kids and adults alike! The only thing my kids found hard was all the steps.
The Lincoln Memorial is an amazing exhibit. As you walk up the stairs to the Lincoln Memorial you immediately get a feel for the size of the memorial. The Lincoln Memorial is HUGE!! It is amazing just how large the memorial is. The view from the memorial is absolutely amazing!!! The memorial is very simple, but very powerful. Visiting the Lincoln Memorial is definitely worth while and something everyone should see and experience at least once. I would highly recommend visiting the memorial during daylight hours.
The Lincoln Memorial, along with all the other memorials in Washington DC are great educational opportunities for kids and adults. Be sure to stop by as many as possible in your trip for the full DC effect. The Lincoln Memorial provides a great photo op beside the huge statue of former President Lincoln!
The Lincoln Memorial is one of the stops on what our family calls the Must-See 3M (Museums, Monuments and Memorials) tour in DC. It is well worth your time, especially for older students with some knowledge of its significance, but it certainly isn't action-packed. Your children should be old enough to withstand the walk or you should consider a guided tour in some sort of vehicle.
This is not the most exciting tourist spot but it dose have some very historic qualities. I would recommend this to children 10+ who can fully understand what they are seeing and that it is not just a huge statue of Abraham Lincoln. Oh and you can reflect on a long day by the pond in a pretty peacfull spot in dc
Just walking up the steps to the Lincoln memorial is awe-inspiring. It presents a great opportunity to give a little bit of history with a visit to a national icon. It isn't an all-day sort of activity, but definitely a must-see on the National Mall. If you have a stroller or wheelchair, there is elevator access, so no one has to miss out on this monument.
This is one of the monuments in D.C. that will leave you in awe! Seeing this is a must any time you're in D.C. - whether you're there for your first time or 38th time. It is a great place to take children, and even better for that history buff in the family who wants to share historical facts while the family is there!
This was one of our first stops in our all day tour of the National Mall and Memorials. The Park Rangers here are very well-versed in the history of the monument. For the Junior Ranger program booklet, not all the answers are available in the exhibit below the memorial. The visitor has to go up to the memorial and search for some of the answers. Having a Park Ranger available is helpful because it is not easy to see some of the features of the memorial that are part of the booklet's questions. Be sure to have your family take turns reading Lincoln's quotes around the memorial. They are wonderful.
This is one of our favorite sites to visit in Washington, D.C. A National Park ranger gave a 30 minute presentation on Abraham Lincoln while we were there. It was definitely worth listening to. Even our small children were enraptured by the stories he told. There is a special feeling here. You will gain an appreciation for what a great president Lincoln was and what he accomplished.
No visit to DC is complete without pondering life on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. What an amazing feeling to stand at the place where Martin Luther King gave his I have a dream speech. Then sit back and enjoy a moment while taking in the amazing view across the national mall.
There's nothing that embodies the feel of American history like going to the Lincoln Memorial and reading the Gettysburg Address while standing and facing the wall from the foot of the president. The marble in DC is something you see no where else. This is definitely for older kids as many of the monuments involve many, many stairs.
All of the memorials in DC have Park Service workers near them so any questions can be handled by them which is nice anywhere you go. I recommend doing the presidential memorials and war memorials on days that you know the weather is going to be nice so it's more of a long walk in the park atmosphere for the kids. They will get grumpy from all of the walking and no one wants to walk The Mall carrying kids and pushing strollers at the same time if you can help it.
i went here in the summer of 2009, so it was at the peak of tourist, but maybe if your going some other time, or you live close, it might be better and less crowded. It was fun, but i think really little kids might not last as long and appreciate it as much as older kids