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 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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Visiting the Jefferson Memorial

Where and what is the Jefferson Memorial? The location and architecture of the Jefferson Memorial make it stand out among DC’s amazing array of monuments and memorials. Designed by John Russell Pope in 1925, the memorial resembles the Pantheon in Rome, an adaptation of Neoclassical architecture...

@roy_howell4 - Nighttime at the Jefferson Memorial - Monuments and Memorials in Washington, DC
Visiting the National World War II Memorial

What is the National World War II Memorial and where is it? The National World War II Memorial honors the 16 million people who served as part of the American armed forces during World War II, including more than 400,000 who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The memorial sits along the...

National World War II Memorial - National Mall - Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Shining a lens on urban life, the Anacostia Community Museum examines, documents and interprets the impact of historical and contemporary social issues on communities. However, the museum didn’t always focus on global communities, as the museum owes its roots to Anacostia’s local African American...

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum Washington DC
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 - Washington, DC
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 SW 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
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
Guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in the District quite like the blooming of the cherry blossoms, an event that has spawned a three-week festival celebrating the occasion. More than 1.5 million visitors descend upon Washington, DC each year to admire the 3,000-plus trees. The festival, full...

Couple on Tidal Basin Paddleboats - National Cherry Blossom Festival - 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