Family-Friendly Resort on National Harbor

by  Laurel Angrist | Apr 21, 2009
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center / Photo courtesy of the property

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Situated on the banks of the Potomac River in Maryland’s National Harbor, the 300-acre Gaylord National Resort is great choice for a fun-filled family stay just minutes from our nation’s capital. The year-old resort features a soaring 18-story glass-enclosed atrium housing all you need to keep the little ones entertained: There’s a 24-meter lap pool with a gorgeous sun-deck, meandering tropical garden pathways past babbling streams, and an awesome 60-foot-high water fountain. (Kids will squeal with delight as it changes color in spectacular displays; fountain shows last 15 minutes and take place each night from 6-9 pm.) Outdoors along the resort’s mile-long waterfront are numerous public artworks with a kid-centered appeal, from interactive

mosaics about the Cheasapeake Bay to the monumental (and climbable) five-piece sculpture “The Awakening” by J. Seward Johnson, Jr. And just across the bay, historic Old Town Alexandria awaits, easily reached via a scenic ride by water taxi ($8 one-way; $16 round-trip).

For a laid-back family getaway at this waterfront resort, try one of these affordable spring packages:

Washington DC "See the Sights" Package from $199
Discover the amazing sights and history of DC this spring with this special low-priced offer. From now through June 1, you and a loved one can enjoy one night’s accommodation in a Maryland-view guestroom and round-trip shuttle service to the capital courtesy of OnBoard Tours. Priced at $199, it’s a great value offer for first-time DC visitors and returning tourists alike. Three and four-person family packages are also available, so you and the whole clan can see the sights starting at just $219.

‘CakeLove Your Mom’ Package from $219
Give your mom the sweetest gift of all this Mother’s day and indulge her in this special CakeLove Your Mom Overnight Package. Host of the Food Network’s “Sugar Rush” and founder of DC area’s CakeLove Bakeries, celebrity chef Warren Brown is scheduled to appear at the Gaylord National Resort to disclose his top-secret baking tips. Your package includes one night’s deluxe accommodations and two tickets to see Brown prepare his mouthwatering treats live on stage at 3:30 pm on Saturday, May 9.

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