Free Attractions

Explore DC’s museums, memorials and other attractions without breaking the bank. There are more than 100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do in Washington, DC.

9 Things You Need to Know About the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is a powerful, history-making addition to the National Mall . Here’s what you can expect from this architectural marvel located on America’s front yard. Get same-day timed entry passes starting at 6:30 a.m. daily only through...

@h.i.o - Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture - Washington, DC
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Inauguration Edition

If you want to leave your wallet at home and delve into all things POTUS and FLOTUS, you can do just that in Washington, DC. Enjoy this selection of free presidential-themed things to do in DC year-round.

Inauguration 2017 - U.S. Presidential Inauguration - Washington, DC
17 Kid-Friendly Museums & Hands-On Attractions

DC’s wealth of museums and attractions means there are always magical places where kids are transported from the ho-hum of touring to the “Wow!” of experiencing. Many of these sites feature interactive entertainment to help capture the attention of even the littlest sightseer. And if you're looking...

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Lobby
12 National Parks to Visit in Washington, DC

The first national park was established by Congress in 1872, and the National Park Service (NPS) was founded in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. The goal of NPS: to conserve and protect America’s parks, historic objects and wildlife. Fittingly, NPS is based in DC, where you'll find numerous parks...

Aerial Shot of the National Mall with All Memorials
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
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Winter in DC

There are plenty of awesome wintertime recreation options in Washington, DC that won't cost you a cent. Explore the winter wonderland that is DC with festive holiday displays, unforgettable events, memorable museum experiences and much more.

Snowball Fight in Washington, DC - Things to Do This Winter
Run, Bike & Exercise Outdoors in Washington, DC

With miles of trails, the National Mall and Rock Creek Park , one of the largest urban parks in the country, the DC region boasts plenty outdoor locations to run, bike or do what the locals do – join a group exercise program. When visiting the District, be sure to check out these scenic spots and...

national mall early sunrise
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

What is the National museum of African Art and where is it? The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is located on Independence Avenue in DC, on the National Mall . The museum possesses the largest publicly held collection of African art in the United States, with roughly 12,000 objects in...

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art - 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
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Fall in DC

DC’s appeal only grows as fall foliage starts to appear. Some of the city’s most gorgeous (and free-to-visit) locales become even more scenic as summer departs. We have laid out 10 can’t-miss spots in the District that will make you sing fall’s praises without requiring you to pay a cent.

Couple at the Tidal Basin - Fall in Washington, DC