20 Fun Things To Do In Washington DC That Won’t Cost You A Penny


One of the reasons I love Washington DC so much is that it’s actually a super cheap place to visit. My friends and I spent one whole day in DC and only spent money on corn dogs and delicious New York-style pizza.

There is just so much to do in DC and you can do it all without spending a dime! Here is a list of free things to do in Washington DC that will excite both you and your wallet.

1. Tour the Monuments & Memorials

Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and more.  I recommend visiting them at night too!

2. The National Zoo

Known for its Giant Panda conservation and breeding program

3. The Bureau of Engraving & Printing

Offers free tours on a first come, first serve basis

4. National Air & Space Museum

So. Much. Spacestuffs.

5. The Museum of Natural History

See the famous Hope Diamond, among other engaging exhibits

6. Arlington National Cemetery

Pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

7. The White House

You can sign up for a free tour through your States’ Members of Congress, but you must have reservations at least three weeks in advance.

8. Cherry Blossom Festival

See Washington DC coated in a blanket of pink blossoms

9. Walking Tours

Check out DC by Foot for some free walking tours. (Though tipping is highly encouraged)

10. The National Archives

See the actual Constitution of the United States

11. Smithsonian American Art Museum

The nation’s first collection of American art

12. The Library of Congress

So much more than just a library. You have to see this place.

13. The National Museum of American History

See the actual flag that inspired the US National Anthem

14. The National Theater

Bring the kids for a free program on Saturday mornings

15. The National Postal Museum

See America’s postal stamps throughout history

16. The Holocaust Museum

Incredibly impactful. Just go

17. The Capitol Building

Make sure to book tours in advance!

18. Union Station

A train station over 100 years old, with some incredible architecture

19. Kennedy Center

Watch a free performance every evening at 6:00PM

20. US Supreme Court

Witness a court ruling. Check online for visiting hours.