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.

Free Things to Do: Arts & Culture in Washington, DC

Washington, DC has so many free things to do for those who love to admire creativity, from art museums to cultural events and so much more. Explore the free activities and locations below and you will be amazed at the incredible arts and culture scene in the nation’s capital.

Free arts and culture experiences in Washington, DC - Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum at the Sculpture Garden free modern art museum on the National Mall
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
Run, Bike & Exercise Outdoors in Washington, DC

With miles of trails, the National Mall and Rock Creek Park , one of the largest urban parks in the country, the DC region boasts plenty outdoor locations to run, bike or do what the locals do – join a group exercise program. When visiting the District, be sure to check out these scenic spots and...

Exercising in Rock Creek Park - Free outdoor activities 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
10 Exhibits to Check Out at Reopened Museums in Washington, DC

With numerous DC museums reopening their doors over the last several weeks, many captivating exhibits that were on hold are now open to the public. Below, we’ve gathered displays that are sure to inspire you through story and dazzle you through creativity. We’ve made sure to include the safety...

@nittanypanda - Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery in Downtown - Free museum in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Family-Friendly Washington, DC

There’s no shortage of free things to do in DC with kids, as well as family-friendly events that won’t cost a cent. From kid-friendly attractions to cool activities that the entire family can enjoy, the nation’s capital is a great destination for a vacation any time of the year. We’ve put together...

Family on the National Mall - Free family-friendly things to do in Washington, DC
Visiting the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC

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 Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall - Monuments and memorials in Washington, DC
Your Guide to Visiting Planet Word

With 2020 drawing to a close, Washington, DC has an exciting new museum to explore. Planet Word is free to visit and features an array of exhibits that are sure to engage, educate and increase enthusiasm about the power of language. Read on for a preview of what to expect at this innovative...

Planet Word Museum Opening
Visiting the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC

What are the Freer and Sackler Galleries and how do I get there? The vibrant and colorful world of Asian art is all around at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art , both located on the National Mall and part of the Smithsonian Institution museums . The Sackler Gallery is...

Family at the Smithsonian Freer|Sackler Galleries on the National Mall - Free museums in Washington, DC
Visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC

What is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and where is it? The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is situated on a four-acre site along the National Mall's Tidal Basin, adjacent to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memoria l and shares a direct line of sight between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall - Monument in Washington, DC