Enjoy all of the free activities that Washington, DC has to offer including free admission to Smithsonian Museums, beautiful nature trails, and historical monuments and memorials. And don’t forget your local public library!
Tour the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and witness millions of dollars being printed.
The Library of Congress offers free tours plus poetry readings, lectures, exhibits and other activities.
Visit the National Postal Museum, located at Union Station. Part of the Smithsonian Institute, it focuses on America’s postal service, stamps, and other mail-related topics, with plenty of hands-on activities.
Visit the National Archives, home to the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture houses more than 36,000 artifacts that document African American life, history, and culture.
View the Spirit of St. Louis along with numerous exhibits that chronicle the history of aviation and space flight in the Washington, DC location of the National Air and Space Museum.
The National Museum of American History’s vast collection includes the original Star-Spangled Banner, Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.
The Washington, DC location of the National Museum of the American Indian showcases exhibits of Native artifacts including objects, photographs, and archives from the entire Western Hemisphere.
Exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History include the iconic African Bush Elephant, Bone Hall, ancient Egypt, and the Hall of Gems.
The Renwick Gallery, a branch museum of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, features contemporary crafts and decorative arts from artists in the United States.
MONUMENTS & MEMORIALS
Get a bird’s eye view of DC from the top of the Washington Monument.
Enjoy the sculptures, carved quotes, and water features of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Marvel at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, adjacent to FDR’s Memorial, with its 30-foot statue carved from one huge block of stone.
& At the Lincoln Memorial, find the secret ‘I Have A Dream’ step where MLK stood to make his famous speech, and gaze out over The Reflecting Pool.
Visit The Jefferson Memorial and walk the Tidal Basin, home of DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival in Spring.
Other National Mall Memorials
At Arlington National Cemetery, see the hourly changing of the guard, JFK’s Eternal Flame, and more.
The National Cathedral offers a family guide and scavenger hunt for kids. Admission is free on Sundays.
NATURE & CULTURE
See an A to Z of animals at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
The Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage hosts a different free performance every night at 6pm.
The Natural History Museum’s Butterfly Pavilion is free on Tuesdays (with timed entry tickets).
The Yards Park is a new waterfront park that includes water features, grassy areas, and sculptures.
Stroll round Eastern Market, where vendors sell arts and crafts, fresh food, flowers, and more.