Want to have some fun but don’t want to spend any money? Who doesn't! Here are 9 popular places to visit in nearby Washington, D.C. to keep you mentally active:



1. Explore the Smithsonian Institution

a. Operates 17 museums in the DC area that offer free admission

b. Most popular are the Natural History Museum, American History Museum, and the Air and Space Museum

2. Get a Tour of the National Mall

a. National Park Service offers free tours at monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam War memorial

3. Explore Rock Creek Park

Botanic Garden

a. Spans over 2,000 acres in Northwest D.C

b. Contains hiking trails, bicycle paths, tennis courts, a planetarium, nature center, picnic grounds, and an 

amphitheater with a summer concert series

4. Visit the Animals at the National Zoo

a. Located at the southern end of Rock Creek Park

b. Check out the pandas, elephants, lions, tigers, gorillas, and orangutans

Arlington National Cementary

5. Stroll Through the Botanic Garden

a. Located near the Capital building, the Garden features plants from all over the world

b. Contains more than 5,000 orchids and features plants from the tropical rainforest to desert-friendly succulents

6. Catch an Outdoor Movie

a. The “Screen on the Green” is a 17-year-old movie screen located on the National Mall

b. Shows screenings of classic movies during the summertime

7. Pay Your Respects at Arlington National CemeteryVietnam War Memorial

a. Located across the bridge from the Lincoln Memorial

b. Honors America’s fallen men and women of the military

c. Contains the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, John F. Kennedy’s gravesite, as well as the Marine Corps War Memorial

8. Admire the Artwork at the National Gallery of Art

a. Located on the National Mall offering free guided tours of the multiple collections

b. See the workings of Money, Picasso, and Degas as well as 18th and 19th century French 

National Gallery of Art

Paintings and Italian Renaissance artwork and more

9. Listen to Jazz in the National Gallery Garden

a. National Gallery of Art hosts a concert series, during the summer, in their sculpture garden

b. Includes Latin jazz tunes, vocalists, jazz guitar, funk, 

c. Takes place on Friday nights from Memorial Day to Labor Day


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