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

Washington, DC is readying itself for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture , 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.

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Visiting the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

A visit to the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is a solemn and powerful reminder of the very human cost of war. The memorial “conveys a combination of strength and vulnerability, of loss and renewal… through juxtaposition of granite and glass,” according to the National Park Service,...

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Visiting the Korean War Veterans Memorial

What is the Korean War Veterans Memorial and where is it? The Korean War Veterans Memorial resides on the National Mall , southeast of the Lincoln Memorial and just south of the Reflecting Pool. All of its components, including its walls, stainless steel statues and Pool of Remembrance, are...

The Smithsonian Institution Museums

Museums farther than the eye can see Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, the world-renowned museum and research complex consists of 17 museums and galleries, and the National Zoo in Washington, DC. From the origins of man at the Natural History Museum to the future of space travel at...

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5 Things You Need to Know About the National Cherry Blossom Festival

The cherry blossoms are without a doubt the stars of springtime in Washington, DC. Visit the District during this time and you’ll find the nation’s capital is accented in pink for the three-week National Cherry Blossom Festival . Here are the five things you need to know before planning your trip...

100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Outdoor Activities

When visiting DC, you should know you're entering a city where locals love to hike, walk and play outside. In fact, the Washington, DC metro area was named as America's fittest city by the American Fitness Index in 2015. If you want to eat healthy, explore nature or tap into the city's local...

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Visiting the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Since its opening in 1993 in the historic City Post Office Building, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum has served to honor and celebrate America’s proud postal history. Located next to Union Station in DC’s NoMa neighborhood , the museum houses a vast collection of stamps, postal artifacts and...

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Visiting the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

Where and what is the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial? The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to the tragic events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. All 184 lives lost in the attack on the Pentagon are represented by “Memorial Unit” benches. Surrounding the...

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16 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...