Top 5 Free Things to Do With Your Family in Washington DC

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Washington DC is a world-class city with its famous landmarks, monuments, impressive (and also free) museums, political passion, foreign embassies, historical neighborhoods, universities and prestigious colleges. With direct flights to more than 30 international destinations, Washington DC is one of the most unforgettable American cities for foreign tourists.

Washington DC is full of free museums with variety of themes, visiting them would be a great experience for you and your family, and we have listed here the top five.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

The Air and Space Museum will take you to the sky, and showcases the amazing technological advances that have made progress in aviation and space exploration throughout the past century. This museum is considered one of the most visited museums in the world, as it receives more than six million visitors annually. There are many daily tours and events for children and adults.

The museum is located on Independence Avenue at 6th Street SW, and admission is always free. It opens from 10:00AM to 5:30PM, but in the spring and summer, it will open until 7:30PM.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The museum contains some of the most famous artifacts in the world. Also, it contains an educational section where children and teenagers can discover their scientific discoveries.

The Natural History Museum is located in Washington, DC, at the National Mall. Like all Smithsonian museums, there is no admission fee. The Museum is opened daily from 10:00AM to 5:30PM, but hours were extended during the spring and summer seasons to 7:30PM. The museum is open every day of the year except 25th of December.

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History

The museum is the source of all American objects and includes the most popular American artifacts. It displays the history of ancient and modern America.

The exhibits range from the development of American transportation and business, to commercial innovations in the country thanks to new technologies, advanced thinkers, social and cultural transformations, as well as the country’s political history.

There is a section for children a gallery phrase designed specifically for children aged 6 years and under. It includes interactive exhibits and practical activities that contribute to the child’s familiarity with the country’s vibrant history.

Admission is also free and the opening hours is like all other Smithsonian museums.

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum
The Smithsonian National Postal Museum

A visit to this museum will give the visitor an idea of how the mail was transported and distributed throughout the country via various means of vehicles, trains, planes and other ancient means of transportation. Visitors will also discover the art of stamp making and its varied design, allowing patrons to see the diversity of mail from all over the world. Collectors will marvel at the amount of diversity the museum contains, the museum houses a large collection of stamps, historical artifacts, and interactive exhibits through which visitors will learn the amazing development of how Americans use mail to communicate with each other and with the world.

The Museum located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE it is open from 10:00AM until 5:30PM daily. 25th of December is the only day of the year that the museum is closed. The admission is free like all other Smithsonian museums.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Smithsonian's National Zoo
Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Nearly two million visitors visit the National Zoo annually to see different and rare types of animals, including: panda, elephant, white camel, lions, and various types of birds.

World-class zoologists and conservationists on staff, each day provides visitors with an opportunity to learn more about residents of the National Zoo. A guided tour of the zoo can be done with an animal expert; spend time chatting with the fanciers. The National Zoo also hosts summer camps and private shores overnight for children 6 years and older and their parents.

The National Zoo is located in the residential Woodley Park neighborhood of the capital, and like all Smithsonian museums, entrance is completely free. The National Zoo is open seven days a week from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, but working hours are shrink in the winter months until 4:00PM.

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