FREE Things to Do in Washington DC

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The Capital Columns at the US National Arboretum

The Capital Columns at the US National Arboretum

There are so many FREE things to do in Washington DC, that you could easily plan your itinerary around only free attractions and still not get to everything! Below you'll find an thorough list of the nation's capitals monuments, memorials, museums, and parks that are all free of charge. Many are conveniently located on the National Mall, making it easy to hit up multiple attractions in one day. A map of all the FREE things to do in Washington DC listed in this post is available at the end, so keep scrolling! 


Monuments & Memorials

Washington Monument

Although the Washington Monument is currently closed until Spring 2019 due to elevator renovations, you can still get a close up view and is a great monument for photo ops!

Address: 2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20024
Hours: Open 24 Hours (outside)

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*check out this post for a detailed one day itinerary in Washington DC*

WWII Memorial

Address: 1964 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20227
Hours: Open 24 Hours

Vietnam War Memorial

Address: 5 Henry Bacon Dr NW, Washington, DC 20245
Hours: Open 24 Hours

Korean War Memorial

Address: 900 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024
Hours: Open 24 Hours 

Lincoln Memorial

Address: 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037
Hours: Open 24 Hours

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial

Address: 1964 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
Hours: Open 24 Hours

Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial

Address: 1850 West Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242
Hours: Open 24 Hours

Jefferson Memorial

Address: 701 E Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242
Hours: Open 24 Hours


Museums & Galleries

American Art Museum

Address: F St NW & 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Hours: Open Daily 11:30AM - 7PM

Freer and Sackler Gallery of Art

Address: 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 5:30PM

Hirshhorn Museum

Address: Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 5:30PM

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*currently on view at the Hirshhorn Museum until January 1st, 2018*

National Air and Space Museum

Address: 600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 5:30PM

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Address: 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560
Hours: Timed entry via tickets available in advance or same day

National Museum of African Art

Address: 950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 5:30PM

National Museum of American History

Address: Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 5:30PM

National Museum of the American Indian

Address: 4th St SW & Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 5:30PM

National Museum of Natural History

Address: 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 5:30PM

National Gallery of Art

Address: 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565
Hours: Open Daily, Monday thru Saturday 10AM - 5PM, Sunday 11AM - 6PM

National Portrait Gallery

Address: 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Hours: Open Daily 11:30AM - 7PM

National Postal Museum

Address: 2 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 5:30PM

Renwick Gallery

Address: 1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 5:30PM

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Address: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW, Washington, DC 20024
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 5:15PM


Street Art

POW! WOW! DC Murals

Address: Multiple Locations
Hours: Open 24 Hours

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*check out this post to see where all the murals are located*


Attractions

Arlington National Cemetery

Address: Arlington, VA 22211
Hours: Open Daily 8AM - 7PM 

Library of Congress

Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540
Hours: M/W/Th 8:30AM - 9:30PM, Tu/F/Sa 9:30AM - 4PM, Sunday CLOSED

Smithsonian Castle

Address: 1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560
Hours: Open Daily 8:30AM - 5:30PM

US Capitol

Address: East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004
Hours: Monday thru Saturday 8:30AM - 4:30PM, Sunday CLOSED

The White House

Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500
Hours: N/A


Gardens + Parks

Constitution Gardens

Address: Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20024
Hours: Open 24 Hours

Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden

Address: Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 5:30PM

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

Address: 1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019
Hours: Open Daily 8:30AM - 5PM

National Zoological Park

Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Hours: Open Daily 8AM - 5PM (7PM on Monday and Sunday)

Smithsonian Gardens

Address: 14th Street & Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20001
Hours: Open 24 Hours

US Botanic Garden

Address: 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 5PM

US National Arboretum

Address: 3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Hours: Open Daily 8AM - 4:30PM

Yards Park

Address: 355 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Hours: Open Daily 7AM - 10PM


Views

Georgetown Waterfront

Address: Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open 24 Hours



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