Red Tricycle: An Insider’s Guide to Petworth’s Kid-Friendly Hotspots

“With its proximity to Rock Creek Park, rich history, and revitalized business district, Petworth has something for everyone from preschoolers to the POTUS himself. Here’s a list of our favorite places to eat, play, dance, and explore with kiddos in this growing nabe.” – Sarah Vogel


“Step Back in Time at President Lincoln’s Cottage

When Honest Abe needed a break, he headed to his Gothic Revival cottage located in what is now Petworth. Today, President Lincoln’s Cottage is a haven for history buffs young and old. This national monument offers hands-on, multimedia activities that bring our 16th president’s experiences as a politician, policymaker, and family man to life. When planning your visit, don’t forget your picnic basket–the Cottage’s large lawn offers the perfect spot for an outdoor nosh fest. And if you are going with a Girl Scout, call ahead to learn how she can earn a badge on your visit!”

Read about kid-friendly restaurants, book stores, jazz evenings, and more in the full article:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is President Lincoln’s Cottage?

President Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation while living in a Gothic Revival Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home in Washington, DC. Lincoln’s time at the Cottage served as bookends for Civil War — he first visited the grounds three days after his inauguration and last rode out to the site the day before his assassination. While living at the Cottage for 13 months from June-November of 1862-1864, Lincoln regularly commuted to the White House. The Cottage opened to the public in 2008, and is run by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a private, non-profit organization, through an agreement with the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

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Holiday Hours

Are you planning a visit to President Lincoln’s Cottage this holiday season? Please note our holiday hours below.

Thanksgiving: Closed
Christmas Eve
: Open 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Last tour begins at 12 pm.
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Day: Closed

Tours around the holidays tend to sell out, so be sure to purchase your tour tickets in advance! Visit our TICKETS page for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to President Lincoln’s Cottage!

Visitor Guidelines

All tours of the Cottage begin in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. While you’re here, please note the following:

-photography is not permitted in the interiors of the Cottage or the Visitor Education Center

-food and beverages may only be consumed in the Museum Store, in the Atrium of the Visitor Education Center, and in the picnic area behind the Visitor Education Center

-sitting or climbing on the sculpture of President Lincoln and his horse is not permitted

Additionally, please respect the privacy of the residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Keep to the landscape and walkway immediately surrounding the Cottage and the Visitor Education Center (see map below).

Washington Post: What To Do In Petworth

“Petworth has become a flourishing hot spot for 20-something creatives, single professionals and young families. Despite the neighborhood’s latest transformation, the rich sense of community remains palpable…”


“History buffs and Lincoln enthusiasts will enjoy learning about the home where the former president spent a quarter of his term and drafted the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s a 15-minute stroll from the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro station. And be sure to swing by the visitor’s center to see a pair of Honest Abe’s slippers.”

Read the full article. Photo by Megan McDonough, Washington Post.


The Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center is accessible by our east entrance ramp. All exhibits and visitor restrooms are on the first floor. The Cottage is accessible by a grade entrance, elevator, and wheel chair lift. There are restrictions on use and a staff member must be present to operate the elevator and lift, so please alert the Museum Store attendant when you check-in if you require use of the elevator and lift so that we may properly assist you. Hearing enhancement and ASL tour devices are also available upon request.

How to Spend $40 in Petworth: Washington Post

“Long a residential neighborhood with working-class roots, Petworth has seen an influx of upscale dining and retail options. Today, the Northwest neighborhood mixes charm and history. Here’s the best way to take it all in, with nothing more than two $20 bills and some change… [Rock Creek Church Cemetery] abuts President Lincoln’s Cottage, which was founded in 1851 as a home for veteran soldiers. President Lincoln frequented the home in the summer, when he would escape the mugginess of the city (good luck) and tend to executive matters. The cottage is open to tours ($15).” Read the full article.

2014 Certificate of Excellence!

We are delighted to announce that TripAdvisor awarded President Lincoln’s Cottage a 2014 Certificate of Excellence, in recognition for consistently receiving top ratings from TripAdvisor travelers. This award is only given to establishments that consistently receive outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

Read our latest TripAdvisor reviews, and share your own! Thank you to all of our visitors who took the time to post a review on TripAdvisor.

Group tours of the Cottage

Are you interested in bringing a large group of visitors to the Cottage? Read what Liz Stringer, a group tour planner from Michigan, had to say about her experience bringing visitors to the Cottage.

I made arrangements to bring a bus tour of 30+ people to the Cottage and your staff made it one of the most pleasant experiences I’ve ever had in the times I’ve spent putting these tours together. Please extend a giant “thank you” to the ticket manager, the guides, the folks in the bookstore, and everyone else at the Cottage. It couldn’t have been a better experience!

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Learn more about our group tour options here. Contact Michelle Martz at or 202-829-0436 ext. 224 to plan your group’s tour of the Cottage.

Gray Line Tours: The Lincoln Experience

grayline_withregisterdmark1President Lincoln’s Cottage is a highlight on “The Lincoln Experience,” a new offering from Gray Line Tours. This comprehensive look at President Lincoln’s time in Washington, DC includes a guided tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage and a guided tour of Ford’s Theatre and the Peterson House.

Please contact Gray Line DC at 202-289-1995 with any and all tour questions related to The Lincoln Experience. For more information on “The Lincoln Experience,” visit