Tidal Basin borders landmark attractions in Washington DC, which are covered in most Private tours Washington DC programs, include the National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. When you are in the city capital for the first or the umpteenth time, you should visit the Tidal Basin for any of the best-kept secrets given below. Adding these places to your itinerary would present ideal opportunities for a day off. Places such as Washington Monument is all bound to reopen in 2019 but Tidal basin offers you ideal chances for spending quality time with your loved ones when you are going on Washington tours.
Albert Einstein Memorial
The grounds of National Academy of Sciences features an Einstein statue made of bronze. The statue was launched in the academy in 1979 in memory of the birth centennial of Albert Einstein. The statue, which is placed on top of the granite steps weighs approximately 4 tons and is about to 12 feet tall. The steps are replete with equations that are symbolic of the great scientist. If you visiting this memorial site with your kids, they would love climbing on the sculpture.
The Depart of Commerce building is home to an aquarium. The entrance of the aquarium resides on the 14th Street amid the Constitution Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. The aquarium is a short walk away from the Tidal Basin. It is a sanctuary of an array of sea fish, a range of reptiles (sea turtles, and crocodile), dolphin, and even land animals. Kids will enjoy seeing them where as grownups would take the opportunity to get tickets for a coveted entrance.
Old Post Office and Clock Tower
Old Post Office features a namesake pavilion and a clock tower. The pavilion will provide you a panoramic view of the cityscapes from where you can take 360-degree photographs. There is an elevator to take you to the observation podium right at the top. The clock tower, on the other hand, features ringing bells nicknamed ‘congressional bells’ since it was presented by the Ditchley Foundation of Great Britain to the Congress on two-hundredth anniversary of America.
For more trivia and historic facts, get in touch with Washington Tours coordinators when you are in Tidal Basin, which is the artificial reservoir in the city capital.