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Free Things To Do In Washington Dc

Washington DC is one of the best places in America for free and cheap activities.

It’s one of the most history-abundant places in the US and as it’s the capital of the United States of America, it has both historic and modern fascinating tales to tell.

If you’ve got a trip planned to the country’s capital but you’ve no idea where to begin when it comes to planning your travel itinerary, check out our detailed guide below!

You’ll find the 10 best free attractions in Washington DC, as well as the top-rated paid activities too!

Free Attractions in Washington Dc

Top Rated Washington Dc Attractions


Lincoln Memorial

Located on the western side of the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial is without a doubt one of the most iconic structures in Washington DC.

Opened in 1922, it was built to honour the 16th president of the United States; Abraham Lincoln, and is a pillar of historic foundations for the city, and for the whole of America.

The whole family will enjoy a stroll along the National Mall where you’ll recognise the...

Go Washington DC Pass with Hop On Hop Off and Spy Museum

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  • This Washington DC Explorer Pass that entitles you access to our comfortable, hassle-free and convenient hop-on hop-off bus that will bring you around Washington DC's best attractions that you simply cannot miss.
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The historic suburb of Georgetown actually dates back before Washington DC by around 100 years so it’s a great place to visit if you’re looking to soak up even more American history.

Georgetown is an ideal place to visit with the whole family as there are hundreds of eateries, cafes and bars to try out, as well as the famous Georgetown Cupcake Bakery which sells some of the fanciest and finest treats in the area!


Spy Museum Skip-the-line Ticket

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  • Explore the International Spy Museum where you will be viewing one of the largest collections of international spy artifacts filled with technologies, equipment, vehicles and weaponry.
  • There will be a slew of interactive activities for you and your loved ones to immerse yourselves in and become a true spy for the day..
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The National Gallery of Art is said to be one of the most important art museums in the world!

Home to more than 141,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs, the museum is a pivotal point in art history.

If you’re an art lover, then you can easily spend hours getting lost in the works of the world’s most famous artists such as Picasso, Kruger and Calder.

The National Gallery of Art is also home to...

Artechouse DC Admission Ticket

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National Capitol Columns

The National Capitol Columns are a famous landmark inside the incredibly substantial 446-acre National Arboretum, just north of Washington DC Capitol.

The 22 Corinthian Columns are beautiful to walk around and photograph and definitely one of the highlights in the Arboretum, if not in the whole of Washington DC itself!

Of course, while you’re inside Washington DC’s botanical gardens, you can also enjoy a...

Hanami Beyond The Blooms: Art Tour

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  • ARTECHOUSE, the nation’s first innovative digital art space with locations in Washington, DC, New York, and Miami, continues its 2020 season with its annual cherry blossom-inspired installation in the nation’s capital that celebrates springtime and women...read more

White House

One of the most famous buildings in the whole of America, the White House is home to the President of the United States and has been a famous DC landmark for hundreds of years.

You can take a free tour of the public rooms inside the White House, but the effort to do so is quite an extensive process; you’ll have to contact a local congress representative and then you’ll be put on a list to schedule a visit.


City Sightseeing Chester Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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  • City Sightseeing Chester Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

    Hop-on to a City Sightseeing Chester bus tour and enjoy unlimited hop on hop off for 24 or 48 hours. Discover sights such as Chester Castle and Chester Cathedral, as you travel on an open-top, double-decker bus with panoramic views of the...read more

Smithsonian Museums

Undoubtedly one of the best free attractions to enjoy in Washington DC is to pay a visit to the numerous Smithsonian Museums.

As they’re “America’s Museums”, the Smithsonian buildings are completely free of charge to visit and they’re home to some truly incredible artefacts, history and collections.

The National Air and Space Museum is a must-visit for the whole family, especially with young...

National Geographic Museum Ticket

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  • In the heart of Washington, D.C., National Geographic hosts world-class exhibitions, exclusive events, and an inspiring community of...read more

The Library of Congress

The largest library in the world resides in Washington DC on Independence Avenue and it’s a must-see while visiting the capital city.

The library is home to more than 168 million items, books and papers. While it might not be such a fun activity for kids to enjoy, literature lovers and history fanatics will love a visit to this impressive structure.

Built in 1800, the library houses some of the most important and famous...

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens Ticket

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  • Hillwood was the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, a pioneering businesswoman, engaged citizen, generous philanthropist, and distinguished collector. As the heir to the Postum Cereal Company, later General Foods, Marjorie (1887-1973) was among the wealthiest women of her time. She dedicated her intense focus to collecting French and Russian art,...read more

National Museum of Natural History

The National Museum of Natural History is another museum that belongs to the Smithsonian family in Washington DC, but it deserves a spot in this list all of its own.

The museum is free to enter and is open 364 days of the year (closed on Christmas Day), so no matter when you visit DC, you can rest assured that you can visit!

The National Museum of Natural History is a place that you’ll want to take the whole family as...

Washington, D.C. VIP Private Tour.

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National World War II Memorial

For an incredibly sombre but beautifully peaceful place to visit in Washington DC, you need to head to the National World War II Memorial.

It’s an area of the city that’s dedicated to the American soldiers and civilians who fought during World War II and despite its awful history, the memorial itself is a stunning place in Washington DC.

The memorial consists of 56 pillars, with each one marking one of the 48 US...

Classical Big Art Tour

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  • The Journey From the Renaissance to Impressionism Join our guided, small-group tour at the National Gallery of Art to experience some of the most influential works of Western Art. This 2-hour walking tour travels back in time to the beginning of the 13th century, at the start of the Italian Renaissance.
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Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is yet another famous city landmark that resides along the National Mall and was built to commemorate the first President of the United States; George Washington.

Standing proudly at a towering 555-feet high, the Washington Monument was once the tallest structure in the world, and despite no longer holding that title, it’s still one of the most famous and most important structures in DC.

Take the...

National Gallery of Art: Religious Art Tour

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  • Come see what renowned artists throughout the ages thought about Madonna, the Saints, The Adoration of the Magi, and the Crucifixion.   A Professional museum tour guide will take you through the National Gallery of Art’s highlights, historical showstoppers and fan favorites over the course of two hours. Adventures for Creative Tourists is a...read more
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