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.

20+ Things to Do This August in Washington, DC

Events Art in the Garden at Tudor Place – Aug. 3 Tudor Place provides scenic and peaceful recluse from the city, situated in the heart of Georgetown literally, but figuratively, many miles away. The Art in the Garden series lets aspiring artists ages 16 and over use Tudor Place’s historic gardens...

Trillectro 2016 - Merriweather Post Pavilion
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Outdoor Concerts

An unforgettable evening awaits at one of the many festive outdoor concerts happening in and around DC this summer. The concerts provide great atmosphere for enjoying a summer night, and are often free to attend. Check official websites for dates, times and specific locations.

Summer Concert at WWII Memorial
Visiting the White House

Why visit? Sure, the White House is where the American President lives and works, but the national landmark actually belongs to the people of the United States. The house is on loan to the President and his or her family while serving in office. Visitors to Washington, DC (and locals, too) are...

the white house north lawn
An Interview with Nicole MacCorkle, Giant Panda Keeper

Nicole MacCorkle, giant panda keeper at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo shares the inside scoop on working closely with Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and their cubs. Nicole spills the bamboo on how to get her job, how to baby-proof a panda enclosure and much more about her fluffy friends. In a town full of...

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...

Jefferson Memorial Lit Up at Night
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...

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
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
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
Visiting the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

What and where is the National Portrait Gallery? Painting a picture of the many influential people throughout America’s history, the National Portrait Gallery is a must-see for pop culture fans, history buffs and art lovers alike. From activists and actors to presidents and poets, the museum...

National Portrait Gallery - Presidential Portraits
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