Free Attractions

Explore DC’s museums, memorials and other attractions without breaking the bank. There are more than 100 free things to do in Washington, DC.

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
Guide to Free Embassy Tours in Washington, DC During Passport DC

Passport DC is a month-long festival in May that pays tribute to Washington, DC's thriving international culture. As part of the festival, the first two Saturdays in May are devoted to embassy open houses. Consider this your chance to stroll Embassy Row – a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue NW that...

Tour an embassy for free during Passport DC - Free spring activities in Washington, DC
Guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC

Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in the nation's capital quite like the blooming of the cherry blossom trees and the three-week-long National Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the occasion. More than 1.5 million visitors descend upon Washington, DC each year to admire the 3,000-plus trees...

Couple on Tidal Basin Paddleboats - National Cherry Blossom Festival - Washington, DC
15 Can’t-Miss Free Museums on the National Mall

To go with its monuments and memorials, the National Mall boasts an impressive lineup of free museums. Visitors should take advantage of the wide range of experiences on hand, from immersing themselves in classic art to marveling at the wonders of aviation and our natural world. Let your wallet...

Henry the Elephant at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Free museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC
Visiting the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC

A visit to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is to be transported to a trying time in American history, an era rife with economic depression and international conflict. The memorial, which honors the 32nd president of the United States, is composed of four “outdoor rooms” which represent each...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial - National Mall - Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

Please note: The National Air and Space Museum is undergoing a large-scale, multi-year construction project to reimagine the museum. The project is expected to be complete in 2025. During this time, the museum will remain open, but certain exhibits will be closed and collections will be moved to...

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall at the National Air and Space Museum
Visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC

Experiencing the Lincoln Memorial The grand Lincoln Memorial towers over the Reflecting Pool, anchoring the western end of the National Mall . The best way to approach the memorial is from the east, by the Washington Monument and the National World War II Memorial . This will put you at the edge of...

@jbrockel11 - Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall at night - Memorials in Washington, DC
Guide to Visiting the Washington Monument

After years of extensive renovations, the Washington Monument reopened to the public on Sept. 19, 2019 with a modernized elevator and increased long-term reliability and safety. After recently being closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, visitors are now able to book tours as of Oct. 1...

Washington Monument
Free Things to Do: Outdoor Activities in Washington, DC

You will have no issue finding free outdoor activities in DC. From hiking and running trails such as the Billy Goat Trail in Great Falls Park to awesome places like Rock Creek Park, there are so many things to do outdoors in the nation’s capital, including activities just for kids. Check out some...

Free Outdoor Activities and Things to Do in Washington, DC - Runners at sunrise on the National Mall
Free Things to Do: Best of Washington, DC

The list of free things to do in DC is quite long, headlined by Smithsonian museums, the National Gallery of Art, the monuments and memorials and annual events and festivals. We’ve detailed some of the most popular activities here, so on your next family trip to DC, make sure you cross all of these...

Free Things to Do in Washington, DC - Best of DC Free Experiences