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Family Friendly: Find the places in DC everyone can agree on.

Visiting the Washington Monument

Built to honor George Washington, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States, the Washington Monument is the defining feature of the District’s skyline and one of the nation’s most recognizable structures. Once the tallest building in the world, at...

Washington Monument Aerial Shot
11 Things to Do in Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park was founded in 1890 by the United States Congress as a recreational resource for the nation’s capital. These 1,800 acres cut a wide swath through Northwest Washington DC, providing a haven for people and wildlife. An oasis in a bustling city, most of Rock Creek Park consists of...

Rock Creek Park - Outdoor Activities & Things to Do - Washington, DC
Visiting the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

A visit to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is to be transported to a trying time in American history, an era rife with economic depression and international conflict. The memorial, which honors the 32nd president of the United States, is composed of four “rooms” which represent each of...

FDR Memorial Statue in Washington, DC
How Can I Tour The White House?

Please note: White House public tours will resume on March 7. Requesting a tour Touring the White House requires some advance planning. Public tour requests must be made through your member of Congress (find your member of Congress and contact information here ) and submitted up to three months in...

The White House
FAQ: Which Attractions Require Tickets?

Many of Washington, DC's major attractions are open to the public and do not require tickets, including the Smithsonian museums , the Smithsonian National Zoo , the National Gallery of Art , and the national monuments and memorials. You can buy tickets for some of Washington, DC's most popular...

Visiting the Lincoln Memorial

The experience The Lincoln Memorial towers over the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall . The structure anchors the western end of the Mall, and is a must-see for every visitor to the nation’s capital. The best way to approach the Memorial is from the east, by the Washington Monument and the...

lincoln memorial with statue at night
Visiting the Smithsonian National Zoo

The National Zoo is right for you It’s not all elephants and donkeys in DC. At the National Zoo , visitors can find all sorts of animals that don’t subscribe to party lines. Lions, tigers, giraffes and the zoo’s beloved giant pandas are just some of the 2,000 animals that call the 163-acre park...

Smithsonian National Zoo Giant Panda
Visiting the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

What and where is the National Portrait Gallery? Painting a picture of the many influential people throughout America’s history, the National Portrait Gallery is a must-see for pop culture fans, history buffs and art lovers alike. From activists and actors to presidents and poets, the museum...

National Portrait Gallery - Presidential Portraits
Visiting the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

A museum that goes above and beyond Glimpse the 1903 Wright Flyer, run your hands over moon rock and experience the larger-than-life world of aviation and space travel at the National Air and Space Museum . Since opening on the National Mall in 1976, this hub of all things flight has educated and...

National Air & Space Museum Washington, DC
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Family Friendly

Kids love Washington, DC for its hands-on museum attractions, the National Mall, zoo animals and so much more. Parents love it for all of the same reasons, and the fact that few other cities offer as many amazing things to do that won't cost you a thing. Make the most out of your next family...

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