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.

100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Off the Beaten Path

Not many cities offer as many amazing and free things to do as Washington, DC. From the National Mall to far-flung neighborhoods, we want to be your guide to free and nearly free activities throughout the city. If you’re interested in experiencing some of the lesser-known things to do in DC,...

Eastern Market - Washington, DC
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
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Arts & Culture

Home of the Kennedy Center , 75+ museums and a thriving theater scene, Washington, DC is brimming with cultural possibilities at every turn. The best part: many are free of charge. Check out all of these free and almost free arts and culture-related things to do.

Couple at the Phillips Collection - Dupont Circle - Washington, DC
14 Can’t-Miss Free Museums on the National Mall

To go with its monuments and memorials, the National Mall boasts an impressive lineup of free museums. Visitors should take advantage of the wide range of experiences on hand, from immersing themselves in classic art to marveling at the wonders of aviation and our natural world. Let your wallet...

Smithsonian Museums - Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Washington, DC
Visiting the Lincoln Memorial

The experience The grand Lincoln Memorial towers over the Reflecting Pool, anchoring the western end of the National Mall . The best way to approach the memorial is from the east, by the Washington Monument and the National World War II Memorial . This will put you at the edge of the Reflecting...

Lincoln Memorial at night - National Mall - Washington, DC
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
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 . Admission to the museum is free, but has been in extremely high demand since the facility opened its doors. Timed passes are required to enter. Same-day passes (up...

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - Washington, DC
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: International DC

Don’t be fooled by the nickname “the nation’s capital.” DC could also be labeled as a global capital, thanks to its worldliness. Far-flung immigrants have settled in DC.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

Yayoi Kusama's highly-anticipated exhibit, ' Infinity Mirrors ,' is on view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden from Feb. 23 - May 14, 2017. Learn more about this immersive (and very Instagrammable) one-of-a-kind experience and how to get passes. What is the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture...

Hirshhorn Museum Washington DC
Visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

What is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and where is it? The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is situated on a four-acre site along the National Mall 's Tidal Basin, adjacent to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memoria l and shares a direct line of sight between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials...

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Spring