November 24, 2017

President’s Day: 6 Sites to Feel More Presidential

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A few days ago, The Huffington Post put up this great post, President’s Day: 50 States, 50 Presidential Sites, with a state-by-state list of top picks to help you be a little more presidential in your celebrations in your home state (should you choose not to enjoy the holiday with a day out on the slopes).  Here are a few of my favorites:

Federal Hall (New York, NY): Visit the site where George Washington took the oath of office as our first president. It’s also the site that served as the first home to the Congress, Supreme Court and Executive Branch offices. Today this building serves as a museum and memorial to our first president.

Gold Coast Railroad Museum (Miami, FL): We all know about Air Force One (the president’s plane), but what about his train? Stop by this museum in Miami to check out U.S. Car #1, which was presented to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 and was used by Presidents Roosevelt and Truman for state business, re-election campaigns and personal trips.

Lincoln Home (Springfield, IL): Enjoy a 20-25 minute tour inside the home lived in by Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary, for 17 years. Kids ages 5-12 can also download and complete the Junior Ranger Program booklet while on-site to earn a Junior Ranger Badge.

Monticello (Charlottesville, VA): Home to Thomas Jefferson, take a guided house tour, or even a behind-the-scenes tour. In the spring, you can also explore the historical gardens, including flower gardens, fruit gardens and a vegetable garden. Seasonal plantation tours are available starting in April.

Mount Rushmore (Black Hills, SD): Visit this memorial to four of our presidents, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Download the Mount Rushmore Student Guide for a timeline, park facts and more on the carvings. You can also get a Junior Ranger Activity Booklet (ages 5-12) or a Rushmore Ranger Activity Booklet (ages 13 and up) in the Visitor Center.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City, OK): Stop by to see statues of two of our presidents, Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln. Your kids will also love the Children’s Cowboy Corral, an interactive discovery area where kids can dress up, listen to cowboys sing and build a campfire at the chuck wagon.

So, how are you planning to spend President’s Day? Just leave me a note in the comments section below.

Photo Credit: Oliver Leveritt

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