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.

FAQ: Which Attractions Require Tickets?

Many of Washington, DC's major attractions are open to the public and do not require tickets, including the Smithsonian museums , the Smithsonian National Zoo , the National Gallery of Art , and the national monuments and memorials. You can buy tickets for some of Washington, DC's most popular...

Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

What is the National Museum of the American Indian and where is it? The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is located on Independence Avenue in DC, on the National Mall . The museum boasts one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native American objects, photographs, artifacts...

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian 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: LGBTQ DC

Did you know the nation’s capital is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the country? In the 19th century, poet and gay icon Walt Whitman championed his ideals here. The city recognized same-sex marriage in 2009, six years before the 2015 Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage a national...

Pride Parade
Fly High at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

All about the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Opened in 2003, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center serves as a partner facility to the National Air and Space Museum . The two locations together attract 8 million visitors per year, making the National Air and Space complex the most popular museum in the...

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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: 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
Visiting the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Mother Teresa, Pope Francis, Pope John Paul II and other religious figures have visited the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception , paying tribute at the largest Roman Catholic Church in North America, and the 10th largest in the world. With its dozens of chapels devoted to the Virgin Mary,...

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception - Washington, DC
12 National Parks to Visit in Washington, DC

The first national park was established by Congress in 1872, and the National Park Service (NPS) was founded in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. The goal of NPS: to conserve and protect America’s parks, historic objects and wildlife. Fittingly, NPS is based in DC, where you'll find numerous parks...

Aerial Shot of the National Mall with All Memorials
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