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Families will love:

  • Potomac River setting
  • Summer and winter festivals
  • Indoor play area with splash fun
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About Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

There's no doubt about it, a visit to the Washington, D.C. area offers an experience that's truly monumental. For a family escape close to Washington, D.C., the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center, located in National Harbor, Maryland, is a full-service hotel that is also the only waterfront resort in the Washington, D.C. area. I recently visited Gaylord National with my family and thoroughly enjoyed the property's family amenities, which were within a short distance to the history and sites of Washington, D.C, Mount Vernon and Alexandria Virginia.

As the focal point of National Harbor, Gaylord National Resort is a popular destination in the Mid-Atlantic market. Family-friendly dining, entertainment, a junior-Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool, shopping, outdoor fun along the riverfront and spectacular family special events are just part of the reason to plan a visit. And, within minutes, the museums, monuments and other exciting attractions -- many of which are free -- are also part of the fun. The setting on the Potomac River seems a world away from the urban hustle and bustle, but area attractions are within a short distance: 10 minutes to Old Town Alexandria, Va.; 15 minutes to the National Mall, U.S. Capitol and the Smithsonian; 15 minutes Mount Vernon; and 20 minutes to Georgetown.

The resort takes advantage of its waterfront location by offering water taxi service to popular nearby destinations (Mount Vernon, Old Town Alexandria, Georgetown) as well as scenic cruise tours of the Potomac River -- all from the resort's private pier.

An added convenience is the Resort's connection to the attractions in the region with shuttle services running continuously to Old Town Alexandria (King Street Metro station), Washington, D.C, (Old Post Office and Union Station) and the area's three major airports.

Written by Erica Lamberg

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  • Tots (0-2)
  • Kids (3-6)
  • Kids (7-9)
  • Tweens (10-12)
  • Teens (13+)

Family Interests

  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Theme Parks

Family Amenities

  • Babysitting
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool

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by jessicalin
My husband had a conference at the Gaylord National resort. Reading online it looks like a great place for a family to go. While the atrium was beautiful which my girls loved, there was MUCH that did not go well for us. First off when we arrived I felt like I was in a line at Disneyland there must have been a hundred people in a line waiting to check in. ... read more