7 Free Activities to Enjoy in Washington

Washington DC, officially the District of Columbia, is the capital of the United States and according to many people is the capital of the World

Washington DC, officially the District of Columbia, is the capital of the United States and according to many people is the capital of the World. Here are the places where decisions are made that reach all corners of the globe like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund or the White House.

In addition to being a world-famous city, there are so many free things to see and do in Washington DC. You will be surprised how many activities there are.

So here are some options:

U.S. Capitol Guide

You can see its interior where the two chambers of the Congress of the United States are located. When you enter it seems that you are in a movie and can see the different instances like history, curiosities, and interesting data.

It is open until 4.40 p.m. every day except Sundays and public holidays.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

This is the largest natural history museum in the world and you can spend all morning here. You can see the origins of the hominids, oceans, minerals with their “Diamond of Hope” logo or dinosaurs. Do not miss the giant squid.

It is open every day except December 25 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

It has the largest collection of space objects in the world including a moon rock that allows you to touch it. There are many aircraft-related artifacts such as the first motor-driven machine built by the Wright brothers, the Spirit of Saint Louis, the SpaceShipOne and even an Apollo XI module.

It is open every day except December 25 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

This is a very large zoo where dedicates and puts efforts in recovering species in danger of extinction like tigers and pandas bears. Also, if you like animals, you can be a member to take care of them. There are thousands of exotic animals, educational animal shows, and many other exhibits.

It is open 364 days a year from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 Eastern Market

This market is the most important food and handicraft market in Washington DC. It is located in the historic Capitol Hill and here you can find everything from antiques such as furniture and curious advertising posters, decorative items or clothes, to fresh foods from local farms.

It is open Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dulles International Airport

Adjacent to Dulles International Airport, is another Smithsonian National Air and Space headquarter, it is the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and is a gigantic aircraft hangar that houses large aviation and space history devices such as the Enola Gay (the plane that launched the Hiroshima bomb), a Black Bird (spy aircraft), Cold War aircraft and even the space shuttle “Discovery” responsible for the orbiting of the Hubble telescope.

It is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park is an urban park stretching a mile from the Potomac River to Maryland border. Even in the middle of the city, this park allows you to walk quietly between nature and activities such as cycling, picnicking, skating, tennis, fishing, horseback riding, concerts or programs run by park guards.

There are also special activities for children such as planetarium shows, animal talks, craft workshops and educational walks.

Opened daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except for Monday and Tuesday.

 

 

 

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