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70 Free Things to Do in Washington DC

There is always something exciting happening in our nation’s capital. With more than 70 free things to do in Washington DC, families and student groups can experience history, culture, and nature without breaking the bank.

Visit   World-Renown   Museums

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Did you know? DC named the #1 destination for museums and galleries by Travel + Leisure.

  • Stroll through the Smithsonian Castle to experience a building rich in history and grandeur. Then, enjoy the peaceful oasis created by the adjoining Haupt Gardens.
  • Be introduced to poets and presidents, actors and activists, visionaries and villains who have influenced American history and culture at the National Portrait Gallery
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  • Take in the colossal 75-ft. Corinthian columns and 1,200 foot long memorial to Civil War veterans at the National Building Museum.
  • Experience a huge collection of works made exclusively by American artists at the  American Art Museum.
  • Let your jaw drop in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson building of the Library of Congress. This two-story room  has beautiful murals, mosaics, and vaulted ceilings.
  • Delve into the impact of women artists throughout history at the National Museum of Women in the ArtsThis museum is dedicated exclusively to the exhibition, preservation, and acquisition of works by women artists of all nationalities and periods. *Free for Youth under 18*
  • Sit in an authentic Elizabethan Theatre at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Visit the home of the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials.

Honor   Great   Heroes   and   Leaders   in   American   History

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  • Commemorate the service of women in the Vietnam War at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. This 2,000 pound bronze statue depicts three service women and one wounded soldier.
  • Walk through the 7.5 acre site of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. This memorial depicts twelve pivotal years of FDR’s presidency  through a series of four outdoor gallery rooms.
  • Stand under the marble rotunda of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, touch the 19 foot statue of the third U.S. president, and read passages from the Declaration of Independence.
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  • Pause to remember, honor, and celebrate the people and achievements of America’s Airmen at the Air Force Memorial.
  • Pay respects to President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and soldiers from every war in American history at Arlington National Cemetery

Explore   Iconic   Landmarks

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  • Go inside the 555′ 5 1/8″  Washington Monument  and take the elevator to the top for unparalleled views of the city.
  • Tour the White House and see the presidential home of every U.S. president except George Washington.
  • Gaze up at the dome of the U.S. Capitol rotunda. Tour where senators and representatives meet to shape U.S. policy.
  • Read the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights firsthand at the National Archives.

Take   in   Nature

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  • Amble along two miles of trails through forest and wetlands on Theodore Roosevelt Island. This serene island is a memorial to President Theodore Roosevelt, early champion of conservation.
  • Enjoy thousands of exotic animals and animal demonstrations at the National Zoological Park. Experience the Asia Trail, Great Cats, Small Mammals, and more.
  • Stroll the perimeter of the Tidal Basin, past the gorgeous cherry blossom trees.
  • Ride your bike along the 18.5 mile Mount Vernon Trail. This trail winds along the Virginia side of the Potomac River between Theodore Roosevelt Island and Mount Vernon.
  • Bask in the sunshine on the National Mall, the almost 2-mile long green park extending from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial.

Be   a   Part   of   the   Festivities

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  • Visit nearly 30 European Union embassies or take in one of more than 150 performances and 75 workshops featuring theatrical performan.ces, music, storytelling, art, puppetry, and more at the family friendly Kids Euro Festival.

Connect   with   Your   Faith

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Walk   the   Streets

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  • Explore historic U Street, formerly called “Black Broadway” when Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and others performed in its nightclubs. Check out the music venues.

 

Experience  Drama,   in   a   Good   Way

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  • The National Theatre hosts a free performance on Saturday mornings designed for families.

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