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20 Washington DC Attractions Requiring Advance Group Reservations

By December 24, 2014 No Comments

Washington DC Advance Group Reservations

Washington DC is an incredible place to explore with your students. With over 70 free attractions, days are easily filled with exciting and educational activities at an affordable price. When planning a school trip to Washington DC, it is important to keep in mind the average time spent at each attraction as well as the activities that are flexible and those requiring timed visits.

Traveling with a student group is very different than visiting Washington DC with your family. Although certain attractions are free and open to the public, many require a timed entry when visiting with a large group. These advance group reservations need to be requested months prior to your visit and are sometimes accompanied by a small fee issued by the vendor. With the increasing demand and limited availability for these advance group reservations, it is important to prioritize which attractions are most important to your group.

So, which attractions require advance group reservations? When do tickets become available? Can group leaders also make requests or must they all be made by Scholastica Travel? The answers are detailed below.

Attractions   Requiring   Advance   Group   Reservations

Alexandria Ghost Tour

  • Description: Learn about the history and colonial culture of Old Town Alexandria by lantern light. Walk the streets of Old Town while hearing ghost stories, legends, and folklore told by guides in colonial attire.
  • Tickets Available: Ongoing
  • Demand: Moderate
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel

Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknown

  • Description: Students present a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns during the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
  • Tickets Available: Requests are accepted up to one year and no less than five weeks  in advance.
  • Demand: Moderate
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel or Group Leader

Arlington National Cemetery Tours by Martz Gray Line

  • Description:Pay respects to President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and soldiers from every war in American history. This is a driving tour of the cemetery.
  • Tickets Available: 2015 procedure is under revision.
  • Demand: Moderate
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Tour

  • Description: Take in the spectacular mosaics  of the largest Catholic church in North America.
  • Tickets Available: Ongoing
  • Demand: Low
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel

Ford’s Theatre

  • Description: The site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Today it is a working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center.
  • Tickets Available: Reservation requests are submitted at three annually designated times.
  • Demand: High
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

  • Description: Discover the man and the ideas that founded a nation. Tour the mansion, gardens, museum, and interactive educational center
  • Tickets Available: Ongoing
  • Demand: Moderate
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel

International Spy Museum

  • Description:This museum chronicles the history of espionage. Guests adopt a cover, break codes, identify disguised spies and become the subjects of covert surveillance.
  • Tickets Available: Ongoing
  • Demand: Moderate
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum

  • Description: Meet a life-like wax version of every U.S. president and rub elbows with A-list celebrities.
  • Tickets Available: Ongoing
  • Demand: Moderate
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel

National Archives

  • Description: Read the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights firsthand
  • Tickets Available: Non-refundable tickets are available 6 months in advance
  • Demand: High
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel

National Museum of Crime and Punishment

  • Description: Learn forensic techniques and investigate the scenarios surrounding crime and consequences.
  • Tickets Available: Ongoing
  • Demand: Low
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel

Newseum

  • Description: Explore the importance of free press as a cornerstone of democracy. With 14 major galleries and 15 theatres, students will learn the story of the new s and hold their own broad cast through interactive exhibits
  • Tickets Available: Ongoing
  • Demand: Moderate
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel

Pentagon Tour

  • Description: Take a guided tour of the headquarters of the Department of Defense.
  • Tickets Available: Reservations may be booked from 14 to 90 days in advance.
  • Demand: High
  • Requested by: Group Leader

Potomac Riverboat Company

  • Description: Take a narrated cruise down the Potomac and experience unique and beautiful views of the Jefferson Memorial, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington Monument, DC bridges and more.
  • Tickets Available: Ongoing
  • Demand: Low
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel

Shear Madness at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

  • Description: “Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington’s hilarious whodunit”
  • Tickets Available: Tickets are available 6 months in advance.
  • Demand: Moderate
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel

U. S. Capitol Tour

  • Description: Tour where senators and representatives meet to shape U.S. policy.
  • Tickets Available: Reservations are available 4 months in advance. Due to the very high demand for this reservation, it is recommended that group leaders request a reservation through their Member of Congress. Members of Congress can access reservations 5 months or more in advance.
  • Demand: High
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel and/or School Group Leader via their Member of Congress

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

  • Description: Learn the story of the Holocaust through artifacts, films, photos, and oral histories.
  • Tickets Available: Free tickets are available 6 months in advance for groups of 40 or more. For groups of less than 40, tickets must be purchased for a $1 service charge.
  • Demand: High
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel or School Group Leader

Washington Monument

  • Description: Go inside the 555′ 5 1/8″  Washington Monument  and take the elevator to the top for unparalleled views of the city.
  • Tickets Available: Sale dates for Washington Monument Tickets are determined by the National Park Service. Sale dates have not been released for 2016.  We are monitoring this daily.  (updated 10/30/15)
  • Demand: High
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel

Washington National Cathedral Tour

  • Description: Tour the dramatic Gothic architecture and see majestic stained glass, carvings, gargoyles, and peaceful gardens.
  • Tickets Available: Ongoing
  • Demand: Moderate
  • Requested by: Scholastica Travel

White House Tour

  • Description: See the presidential home of every U.S. president except George Washington.
  • Tickets Available: Group Leaders must submit requests through their Member of Congress up to 6 months in advance.
  • Demand: High
  • Requested by: School Group Leader via their Member of Congress

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