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60+ Washington DC Free Attractions

60+ Washington DC Free Attractions

Anyone who has been to Washington DC knows that it can be a pretty expensive city to visit.  Most studies rank it somewhere in the top ten list of the most expensive American cities. For someone who is making a non-DC salary and visiting the nation’s capital, the expense of everything can be daunting.

Fortunately, Washington DC free attractions are plentiful.  Here are over 60 places you can explore without paying for admission, listed by neighborhood:

The National Mall Area

Washington DC Free Attractions

  1. Abraham Lincoln Memorial
  2. World War II Memorial
  3. National Museum of American History
  4. National Air & Space Museum
  5. Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden – modern art
  6. National Museum of African Art
  7. National Museum of Natural History
  8. Smithsonian Castle
  9. Washington Monument – currently closed for elevator upgrade – check before you go
  10. National Archives
  11. National Gallery of Art
  12. Multiverse Light Sculpture between National Gallery East & West Buildings
  13. Freer Gallery – Asian art (closed until October 14, 2017)
  14. Sackler Gallery – Asian art
  15. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
  16. Korean War Veterans Memorial
  17. Vietnam War Veterans Memorial
  18. Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  19. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  20. American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
  21. US Holocaust Memorial Museum – free but requires timed tickets March through August
  22. National Museum of the American Indian
  23. National Museum of African American History & Culture
  24. Albert Einstein Memorial
  25. Bureau of Engraving & Printing (free, but reservations required through September 1)
  26. National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden

 

Brookland Area

Washington DC free attractions in Brookland area

  1. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
  2. Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America

 

Capitol Hill

Washington Dc free attractions capitol hill

  1. National Postal Museum
  2. Library of Congress
  3. US Capitol
  4. US Botanic Garden
  5. Folger Shakespeare Library
  6. Historic Congressional Cemetery

 

Capitol Riverfront

Washington DC Free attractions capitol riverfront

  1. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
  2. National Museum of the US Navy
  3. Yards Park

 

Anacostia

Washington DC Free Attractions Anacostia

  1. Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
  2. Anacostia Community Museum

 

Upper Northwest

Washington DC Free Attractions Upper Northwest

  1. National Cathedral

 

Georgetown

Washington DC Free ATtractions Georgetown

  1. C&O Canal Paths
  2. Old Stone House (the oldest home in DC)
  3. Theodore Roosevelt Island
  4. Rock Creek Park

 

Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Washington DC Free Attractions Penn Quarter Chinatown

  1. National Portrait Gallery
  2. Smithsonian American Art Museum
  3. Lunder Conservation Center
  4. Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site
  5. Archives of American Art Gallery

 

Dupont Circle

Washington DC Free Attractions Dupont Circle

  1. Anderson House

 

Woodley Park

Washington DC Free Attractions Woodley Park

  1. National Zoo

 

Foggy Bottom

Washington DC free attractions Foggy Bottom

  1. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (free tour)
  2. Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center (free performances)

 

Downtown

Washington DC Free Attractions Donwtown

  1. White House Visitor Center
  2. White House tour (request through Congressional representative at least 3 months in advance)
  3. Renwick Gallery – American contemporary art

 

Shaw

Washington DC Free Attractions Shaw

  1. African American Civil War Memorial
  2. African American Civil War Museum

 

H Street NE

Washington DC Free Attractions H Street NE

  1. US National Arboretum
  2. National Bonsai & Penjing Museum – inside National Arboretum

 

Arlington, Virginia (technically not DC, but just across the river)

 

  1. US Air Force Memorial
  2. US Marine Corps Memorial (aka Statue of Iwo Jima)
  3. Arlington House, former home of Robert E Lee
  4. Arlington National Cemetery
  5. National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

 

As you can see, there are plenty of Washington DC free must-see attractions… and a few that are a little off the beaten path.  With so many choices for things to see and do at no expense, Washington DC can be an affordable vacation destination after all.

 

A Trip to Bikini Bottom

A Trip to Bikini Bottom

Hubs and I went for a boat ride yesterday. We started from the small town of Greenbackville, Virgina, near the Maryland/Virginia border on the Eastern Shore. We motored around Chincoteague Bay for a couple of hours and once the boat was safely back on the trailer, we headed to the local eatery, which was conveniently located right next to the boat ramp.


Now, the sign is a little weathered and from the outside, the place doesn’t look like much. But The Crusty Crab Seafood Shack is a real treat.

The inside is decorated with an eclectic mixture of SpongeBob paraphernalia, pirate decor, and beautifully painted sea life.


There is a small dining area when you walk in, but just beyond that on the far end of the building is a larger, screened in  porch set up with tables and chairs. Lighting is provided by lamps made from peck baskets, a cool breeze is stirred up by some ceiling fans, and seashell wind chimes hang from the ceiling.


The view is amazing.

A visit to the one-toilet, unisex bathroom is, oddly enough, pretty entertaining. There is a LOT to look at in there. After a minute of taking it all, you turn to lift the lid on the toilet, and you see this:


As you are doing your business, take a look up. A shelf of coconut heads is staring down at you.


Then look even farther up, at the ceiling.


The back of the door is similarly decorated.


There’s a lot of poop humor in the bathroom.


But back to the dining room.  Each table has a basket with condiments and utensils.


Malt vinegar may seem like a strange thing to put on every table, but it’s the perfect complement to the boardwalk style fries. Mine came with the Crabby Patty, a grilled chicken breast (or burger, if you prefer) smothered in creamy crab dip and topped with cheddar cheese.


It was delicious! And look at the amount of food. Can you believe it was just $9.99?

Then, after our meal, we were treated to an amazing sunset over the bay.

This little seafood shack is local gem. Stop by if you’re ever in the area.

The Crusty Crab Seafood Shack is located at 2118 Harbor Drive in Greenbackville VA. Telephone  757-824-5437.  Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended for dinner, especially on the weekend.