When it comes to family vacations, sometimes short and sweet weekend getaways are the best way to go — and at Gaylord National, you have a perfect family-friendly minication less than an hours drive from Charm City!

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland combines luxury, family comforts, and fun with waterfront views of Washington, DC. Located on the Potomac River, the resort offers onsite dining and shopping and an amazing pool (because, let’s be honest, the pool is what kids are looking for!).

Of course, Gaylord National is close to DC and there is no shortage of fam-friendly things to do there; but the truth is, you don’t even need to leave the resort to have a weekend of fun! Go on Gaylord’s Star Spangled Clues Scavenger Hunt, take their A National Haunting “Ghost Tour,” and watch the garden atrium come to life with a spectacular new laser light show. Relax and catch some rays while enjoying live music at the pool deck and bar with (insert your choice of beverage here! They have it all!). Kids will love the splash pads and pool inflatables — or playing a game of ‘giant Jenga.’

Want to venture beyond the resort walls? National Harbor is steps outside the resort’s 19-story-glass atrium.  Soar 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront on the Capital Wheel. Rent a kayak, pedal boat, or stand-up paddleboard. Shop the Tanger Outlets. Explore the Peep’s Store (yes, there is an entire shop dedicated to the marshmallow wonder). Wander through the Sunday Farmer’s Market. End your weekend with a family-friendly FREE movie on the Potomac at 6 PM. (Just remember to put your kids in their PJs before the short trip home!)

Added bonus? No Bay Bridge traffic.


Editor’s Note: This article is sponsored by Gaylord National.