Enjoy A Family Vacation In Washington D.C. And See The Sights For Free

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The Lincoln Memorial

Admission to the Lincoln Memorial is free, along with most of the buildings that comprise the Smithsonian Institution

If you’ve never been to Washington D.C. then you may not realize that you and your family can have a fun-filled vacation and never pay a cent for admission to the national historical sites. In fact, it would take you a week or more just to completely tour all 19 buildings that comprise the Smithsonian Institution, and admission to almost every building is free.

My brother recently moved to the D.C. area and he was looking for something to do for the weekend. So he asked one of his co-workers how much it cost to visit the Smithsonian and he was surprised to learn admission is free. And it’s not just the Smithsonian. Almost all the national monuments and a lot of the other attractions in the area are free, too.

Here’s a short list of free attractions, just to name a few:

  • The National Zoo
  • The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Museum of American History
  • Friendship Park
  • Washington Monument
  • National Archives Building
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Library of Congress
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • National Postal Museum
  • Union Station
  • Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall


The Smithsonian Institution is comprised of the following museums:

  • African American History and
  • Culture Museum
  • African Art Museum
  • Air and Space Museum
  • Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
  • American Art Museum
  • American History Museum
  • American Indian Museum
  • American Indian Museum Heye Center
  • Anacostia Community Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • National Zoo
  • Natural History Museum
  • Portrait Gallery
  • Postal Museum
  • Renwick Gallery
  • Sackler Gallery
  • Smithsonian Institution Building, The Castle

It’s interesting to note that every few years someone in Congress tries to pass a bill to stop funding the Smithsonian Institution and force them to charge admission. This bill has never passed, and it probably never will. The Smithsonian Institution, as well as all the other national monuments in Washington D.C., is there for the benefit of the American people.

Plan to tour Washington D.C. for your next family vacation. Every kid should get to know a little about our country first-hand. It’s an amazing experience your child will remember for a lifetime.

For more information on the Smithsonian Institute visit their website at www.si.edu.

This is a guest post. Donna Anderson is a freelance writer who enjoys small-town living in rural Kentucky. She’s an active member of several online communities and enjoys taking part in discussions that focus on how real people can live real lives in this fast-paced world we all live in.


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