Free Things To Do in Washington, D.C.

I have had this list for a while and can’t remember where it came from, but we’ve added to it over the years.

Research your genealogy at the National Archives               

Be dazzled by the 45.5 carat Hope Diamond

Watch ongoing chess matches in Dupont Circle           

Be mesmerized by Shakespeare in The Park

Enjoy lunchtime concerts on Freedom Plaza                        

Browse nostalgic Eastern Market

Visit the National Museum of Health & Medicine                 

Visit your Congressperson on Capitol Hill

Have fun in-line skating through Rock Creek Park              

Jog on the National Mall

Smell the flavors of culturally diverse Adams Morgan         

Frolic on the National Mall

Marvel at Japanese ceramics at the Sackler Gallery              

Tour the White House

Enjoy free concerts along the C&O Canal                             

Ride a bike along the C&O Canal

Roam the many antique stores of Washington, DC              

Play Frisbee on the National Mall

Visit Ford’s Theater, site of Lincoln’s assassination             

Bicycle along the Potomac River

Browse the stores of the beaux-arts Union Station              

Feed the ducks at Constitution Park

Enjoy the Military Band Summer Concert Series                 

Window shop in historic Georgetown

Take a picture in front of the US Capitol with a friend         

Walk in DC’s historic neighborhoods

Enjoy free daily performances at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage

Visit the Corcoran Museum of Art on Sundays and participate in free family programs

See the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner”

Be moved by the Hall of Remembrance at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

The buck starts here… See money being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

See the original Declaration of Independence at the National Archives

See Dorothy’s ruby slippers at the Museum of American History

Visit the Decatur House Museum for free on the first Tuesday of each month

Explore thousands of aquatic plants at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Experience Steward Johnson’s “Awakening” at Haines Point

Picnic at Haines Point and watch airplanes land over the Potomac

Explore Washington’s literary life at its many bookstores and reading rooms

Read excerpts from the Declaration of Independence on the wall of the Jefferson Memorial

Watch a polo match, baseball, kickball, soccer, rugby or volleyball game on the National Mall

Read inscriptions of President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address at the Lincoln Memorial

Stroll beneath free-swinging orangutans at the National Zoo

Explore the Asian art collection at the Freer Gallery of Art

Be fascinated by ancient and modern African art at the African Art Museum

Attend mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Tour the US Capitol and behold the magnificent Rotunda

Be flown away at the world’s most visited museum, the Air & Space Museum

Compete in the monthly 3K race at the Tidal Basin

Peer through a working periscope at the Navy Museum

Observe the live Insect Zoo at the Natural History Museum

Pose for a picture at the Albert Einstein statue (Constitution Avenue around 22ndStreet NW)

Visit the Castle that houses the crypt of James Smithson, founder of the Smithsonian

Take the production tour at The Washington Post newspaper

See the Marine Corp perform drills with pageantry

Tour the museum of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

Count the many statues and monuments of Washington, DC

Visit the luxurious Peacock Room at the Freer Gallery of Art

See masterworks of Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Art

Take a picture at the Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum 


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