Free (& Almost Free) Things to do in Washington D.C.

Whether you’re planning a vacation to the nation’s capital, or you’ve lived here forever and have yet to get out and explore, here are some top-notch things to do while in Washington D.C.


1.     Visit all the Smithsonian Museums (and zoo!)


Yup, you read that right. There are actually 19 museums and galleries that are a part of the Smithsonian, including the American History Museum, and even an African Art Museum. The best part about this venture is that it’s totally FREE and open everyday of the year except Christmas day. Be sure to carve out an entire day (or 2!) because these museums are definitely detailed and will take you the whole afternoon to get through.


2.     Visit the National Mall with D.C. by Foot


D.C. by foot is a super cool walking tour company in D.C. that gives tours totally FREE of charge. They are kid friendly and include games, fun facts, and a bit of trivia. Some tours include the Ghosts of Georgetown, and the Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour. The Mall is also great for kite flying, so grab yours and see how high you can fly next to the gigantic Washington Monument!


3.     Rent a few bikes and take to the streets

Capital Bikeshare puts over 3,000 bicycles throughout D.C. at pickup and drop off stations for your convenience. Whether your looking to get some excersice, or have a romantic bike ride with your significant other, this venture will add some activity to your day.


4.     Grab your camera and gaze at the cherry blossoms


The cherry blossoms truly make living in D.C. special. These beautiful flowers take bloom around March/April and will give your walk a romantic feel. D.C. is also awesome when it comes to catching a festival. Check out their event calendar to see when the cherry blossom festival will be taking place.


5.     Visit Rock Creek Park Planetarium

Go and witness the stars at the only planetarium operated by the National Park Service. Tours of the night sky are totally FREE. During the day, this park offers the freshest of air, majestic trees, and some wild animals. There are also awesome network of trails for the hiker in you, if you’re into that stuff.


6.     Visit Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle is often plagued with people doing yoga, games of chess, or even dogs making use of the social circle. On Friday nights at Café Citron, there are even free salsa lessons offered from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m! So grab a friend a see what’s going on at this exciting location for a guaranteed good time!


Brittani Treadway