Washington DC's main train station is home to many shops and restaurants.
Union Station is a convenient place to grab a bite to eat because there are so many restaurants of all varieties - from fast food to fancier fare.
My son, however, doesn't like crowds - so doesn't like Union Station very much. It is a place defined by the hustle and bustle of all sorts of people.
I do love the huge building. It definitely ranks up there near Grand Central Station in New York in terms of scale.
We recently came to Union Station to check out the holiday decorations. While the Christmas tree in the main entry is absolutely amazing, the remainder of the building isn't as decked out as I would expect.
We were especially disappointed this visit because we were hoping to see the model train. But, at 7PM on a Saturday - it had already been turned off for the night. It is a small display with three trains so I'm not sure that we'll make the time to go back.
We recently visited Union Station on a Sat morning to see the special Christmas season train display. While the train display was fun to see, we also saw some not so great things. There are homeless people around, and we did get an earful from one of them. There are many places to choose from to eat there, from fast food to sit down. However, our food in the food court area was not that great, but fairly expensive. In general, it's an okay stop but not a must see in DC.
Wonderful, clean, well maintained train station/mall/restaurants. Easy access to Amtrack, Metro and MD train system. Good parking in garage. Lots of elevators and escalators. At Christmas, there is a Swedish model train display. Little kids love it! Best restaurants is Chicago Pizzareia Uno.
Union station can be a wonderful or horrible experience depending on when you go. the best time to go is while the sun is up. At times the locals can be a bit frightening to younger children. Once inside its a great place for a fun shopping experience with a movie theater and exciting shops
My children were a bit scared by the amount of homeless people hanging around Union Station. The inside was fine, but its a beautiful piece of architecture and we would have like to be outside more. One night we had to wait about 30-40 minutes for our tour bus to leave and there was a large number of homeless people and some were behaving very strangely. It got a little stressed.
This is a GREAT place to stop for lunch because they have EVERYTHING...seriously! We stopped here with a group of 43 people and everyone found something good. There is an Italian sandwich and gelato spot with the best chicken salad sandwich I've ever had and it's a good price.
Opened in 1908, kids will get a kick out of the fact that Union Station's roof had water damage and collapsed so toadstools began to grow inside. When you get off the metro at Union Station, you emerge into a bustling shopping and dining experience. Hold your children's hands tightly as it is very easy to get lost or stuck in a crowd. Pizzeria Uno is one of our favorite places to eat while we are there. America's Spirit! and Destination DC are good places to pick up souvenirs of your DC trip. There is also a movie theater if you need a change in monumental scenery!