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.

Visiting the Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is currently undergoing repairs. Check the National Park Service's website for updates before you plan your visit. 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...

Washington Monument Aerial Shot
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

What and where is the National Museum of American History? The National Museum of American History is located on Constitution Avenue NW, just a block away from the National Mall . Through research, in-depth exhibits, extensive collections and public outreach, the museum presents America’s history...

Entrance of the Museum of American History
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Summer in DC

There are plenty of exciting summertime recreation options in the District that won't cost you a thing. Check 'em out and make the most out of your summer in DC. And if you're looking for even more discounted fun this summer, get up to 40% off on popular paid attractions with the Go Washington, DC...

Smithsonian National Zoo Giant Panda
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
Visiting the Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Quick Note: The Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery’s sister museum, is closed for renovation and reopening in 2017. The Sackler remains open with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around town. The vibrant and colorful world of Asian art is all around at the Arthur M...

The Freer & Sackler Galleries - Washington, DC
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Theater & Performing Arts

Washington, DC is a cultural hub with a thriving performing arts scene and live music. We want to expose some of the District’s creative side, without requiring you to pay Broadway prices. Make good on these free (or affordable) ways to enjoy the arts in DC.

The Washington Ballet performance
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 home...

Smithsonian National Zoo Giant Panda
The Smithsonian Castle: Gateway to Museums & History

Brit benefactor and an American castle For a man who never set foot in Washington, DC, French-born, British-raised James Smithson has had a huge impact on the city. The British scientist (1765-1829), an illegitimate son of a Duke, left his considerable fortune to a nephew with the stipulation that...

Smithsonian Castle
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 Tidal Basin, adjacent to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memoria l and shares a direct line of sight between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. Its official...

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Spring
Capitol Hill By Day & By Night

With the U.S. Capitol as its beacon, Capitol Hill (lovingly named by Thomas Jefferson) has served as the center of politics in Washington since the early 19th century. But there is much more to the Hill than suited staffers and America’s most famous cast iron-domed structure. Hop off a Metro train...

Capitol Hill Rowhouses - Washington, DC