It doesn’t even have to be a weekend, holiday or special occasion to find something FREE to do in Washington DC. You can wake up every day and find something to do that doesn’t cost you a dime. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that we live in the nation’s capitol full of Smithosnian Museums and historical spots abound. But we can even take it a step further and simply find nature spots to explore.

I believe this is one of the main reasons we have robust tourism. Washington DC was recognized as one of the most inexpensive places to vacation in 2019 and rightfully so. It is also why so many people including me love living here. Once you get here from wherever you may come from, every budget is welcome and you will definitely leave with memories and an IG experience to share with family and friends around the world.. There is never a sense of boredom and so many alternatives to please every mood.

So the next time you have friends visit, or the next time you are trying to figure out what you can do to explore DC and you don’t have a red cent in your wallet. Check out the list below for a few possibilities. Remember there is much more than what is shared here. So get out and check out DC.

  • Explore the Smithsonian Institution. ...The Smithsonian Institution operates not one but 17 museums in the D.C. Metro area that offer free admission. Many of these are on the National Mall—including the Natural History Museum, American History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden—but there are more spread out across the city and beyond.

  • Hear the Drum Circle at Meridian Hill Park. ... the drum circle at Meridian Hill Park is one of the city’s longest-running traditions. For 50 years, men and women have been gathering at this National Park Service-run park on Sundays in the summer.

  • Learn About the National Mall From the Experts….The National Park Service offers free tours at most of these sites on the hour. Park rangers will even take you on free walking and bike tours; check the daily schedule to find out when.

  • Gaze Inside the Washington National Cathedral. ...Presidents have both worshipped and been remembered here since then Bethlehem Chapel first opened in 1912. The National Cathedral is free to visit for spiritual purposes or to worship; tours, however, are free on Sundays.

  • Trek Through Rock Creek Park. ...The oldest urban park in the National Park Service system, Rock Creek Park spans more than 2,000 acres in Northwest D.C. It’s got hiking trails, picnic grounds, an amphitheater with a summer concert series, bicycle paths, a tennis center, ranger-led programs, a nature center, a planetarium, and more.

  • Visit the Animals at the National Zoo. ...National Zoo, located in the southern end of Rock Creek Park. This is where Washingtonians flock to visit the ever-popular pandas, elephants, lions, tigers, and gorillas,

  • See the Bonsai Trees at the U.S. National Arboretum…the U.S. National Arboretum is a great little getaway within the city. Stroll around the colorful azalea gardens in the spring, or the holly and magnolia garden in the fall and winter. The Bonsai & Penjing Museum has one of North America’s largest collections of bonsai trees, and the official trees of all 50 states are represented in the National Grove of State Trees.

There is a list of even more possibilities here. Or simply Google Free Things to Do in DC! Wherever you go and whatever you do, have a great time doing it. Remember it’s FREE!!!

Cheryl Shaw