Get Me Outta Here!

For Families Seeking Outdoor Adventures, Travel Writer Tykesha Burton Has Plenty of Ideas

In this moment, with the pandemic’s end in sight, families may be searching for one more bit of strength to get them over the finish line. Tykesha Burton may be the expert families need right now.

Tykesha, a travel writer says “It’s possible to be a bucket-list beast and a mom.” She founded Momma Wanderlust, and MommaWanderlust.com, to inspire parents to explore with their children. 

Here are some of Tykesha’s favorite DC-area family-friendly trips that offer opportunities to engage with nature.

Waterman’s Heritage Cruise on the Chesapeake

Tykesha embarked on this adventure with her husband Cedric and 6-year-old son. The Burtons decided their three-year-old daughter might be too cold on this November trip. “We got to touch and measure oysters and even had a couple to eat (raw) on the jetty,” Tykesha laughs. Aubrey also got to touch some eels. “It was very hands-on,” Tykesha says. For more information, please visit MDCharterFishing.com.

Picnic at the National Arboretum.

“In addition to its amazing agriculture, the 446-acre Arboretum is the home to the 22 National Capitol Columns which once supported a portion of the U.S. Capitol,” Tykesha explains. “I also love to use this location for family photoshoots,” she adds. For more information, please visit USNA.USDA.gov.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival.

The 2021 festival began March 20 and runs through April 11. “There are more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees in D.C. Each spring, when they bloom it’s a beautiful sight to behold,” says Tykesha whose website includes tips for parking and navigating the crowds. For more information, please visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org.

A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Howard University in Northwest D.C.

“The campus is beautiful and features several historical landmarks such as the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, the Fredrick Douglass Memorial Hall and the Founders Library. Spring is a wonderful time to walk around the large campus,” says Tykesha. Check Howard.edu for COVID-19 updates and info on whether the campus is currently open.

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