On a warmish January Day I took my three children (11, 6, 9) to explore this Fort. I had no expectations and WOW were we surprised by what a huge place it is! LOTS of walking - bear that in mind, but if you don't mind the walking, it's an incredible place for active kids to explore. We never actually saw a single park ranger (seasonal, I'm guessing) but honestly, we had a great time all on our own and reading the signs there. The view of the Potomac here is incredible.
We did take a walk along the shoreline but were very disappointed by all the TRASH. I know it isn't the park's fault but it did make it sort of nasty to walk along there. I had my kids help clean some up and they actually had a ball exploring there too.
There are lots of hills to climb, underground doorways and passages - really, my younger sons especially were like kids in a candy store.
I'm glad my expectations weren't particularly high because the rooms in the fort that you WERE able to go in weren't well-cared for at all, and there was STUFF everywhere, but my people didn't notice. They just enjoyed the freedom to roam and pretend and smash ice with sticks. Again, those rooms might be different in the summer time but it was nice to have the place nearly to ourselves.
Had lunch at the highly-recommended National Harbor, which is only a fifteen minute drive away.
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