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Entertainment & Amusement Parks

  • Capitol Steps — This comedy troupe was born in 1981 when a group of Senate staffers set out to satirize the people and places that employed them. Since then, the group has recorded more than 30 albums, been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials. Audiences can see the group live every Friday and Saturday night just two blocks from the White House.
    • Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C.
    • Costs: Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (202-397-7328). Group sales discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 202-312-1427.
    • Hours: Shows start at 7:30 p.m.
  • Verizon Center — Located in the city’s Downtown area, the Verizon Center is a 20,000-seat arena that offers world-class sporting events, concerts, family shows, trade shows and special events. Performances have ranged from Justin Timberlake to Disney on Ice.
    • Location: 601 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-628-3200
    • Costs:   Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office is a full service Ticketmaster outlet located inside the main entrance at 601 F St., NW. The box office is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and is closed on non-event Sundays.
  • Washington, D.C. Nightlife — Washington, D.C. boasts of several areas with excellent nightlife. Adams Morgan, Georgetown and the area near the Verizon Center are regarded by travel sites as the best areas for visitors to go club hopping. Located north of Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan has an eclectic mix of restaurants, nightclubs and coffee houses catering to every vibe and age group. Georgetown sports everything from singles hotspots to romantic wine bars to lively college gathering places. The U Street Corridor, located in the city’s Shaw neighborhood, is lined with bars that have jazz almost every weekend. Just follow your ears.

Arts & Cultural

  • Smithsonian Institute — Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. These national treasures, most of which are located in the city, cover a wide range of subjects from art to space exploration, and many are free of charge. Start at the Smithsonian Institution Building, also known as “the Castle,” located at 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW, where you can pick up a map and information on all of the locations. Among the best known of the Smithsonian museums are:   
    • American Art Museum — Features works by American artists from the colonial period to today.
      • Location: 8th Street & F Street NW, Washington, D.C.
      • Phone: 202-633-1000 
      • Costs: Admission is free.
      • Hours: Open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Dec. 25.
    • National Museum of Natural History — The museum features exhibits on the earliest human origins, as well as the development of world cultures, ancient and modern mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects and sea creatures. Among the “must sees” are the dinosaur exhibits, history and culture of Africa, the Hope diamond, the Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals, the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins and the Butterfly Pavilion.
      • Location: 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
      • Phone: 202-633-1000
      • Costs: Admission is free.
      • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • National Museum of American History — This facility is devoted to the scientific, cultural, social, technological and political development of the United States. The most popular exhibits include the flag that inspired the national anthem, General George Washington's uniform, Thomas Jefferson's lap desk and Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.
      • Location: 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
      • Phone: 202-633-1000
      • Costs: Admission is free.
      • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Dec. 25.
    • National Air and Space Museum — Twenty three galleries exhibit hundreds of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets and other flight-related artifacts. Among the most popular exhibits are the 1903 Wright Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module and the Hubble Space Telescope test vehicle. Stop by the gift shop and pick up some freeze-dried ice cream, just like the astronauts ate.
      • Location: Independence Avenue at 6th Street SW, Washington, D.C.
      • Phone: 202-633-1000
      • Costs: Admission is free.
      • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • National Portrait Gallery — The museum tells the history of America through the portraits of poets and presidents, visionaries and villains and actors and activists responsible for shaping our nation. The gallery has the nation’s only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House.
      • Locations: 8th Street & F Street NW, Washington, D.C.
      • Phone: 202-633-1000
      • Costs: Admission is free.
      • Hours: Open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Dec. 25.
    • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden — The cylindrical building and adjoining plaza and sunken sculpture garden house an in-depth collection of modern masters and works by emerging artists as well as cutting-edge films and sculptures by Rodin and Matisse.
      • Location: Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW, Washington, D.C.
      • Phone: 202-633-1000
      • Costs: Admission is free.
      • Hours: Museum, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily; Plaza, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily; Sculpture Garden, 7:30 a.m. to dusk daily. All closed Dec. 25.
  • DAR Constitution Hall — This 3,746-seat facility hosts a variety of events, including symphony concerts, ballet, plays and award shows.
    • Locations; 1776 D St. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-628-4780
    • Costs: DAR Constitution Hall is not involved in the sale of tickets. The promoter of each event must contract with Ticketmaster to arrange for the sale of tickets. All ticketing questions should be addressed to the promoter of the event or Ticketmaster.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Embassy Series — Enjoy outstanding performances by award-winning performers hosted in a variety of embassies and ambassadors’ residences.  All concerts are followed by elegant reception with performing artists and members of the diplomatic community. Reception included in ticket price.
    • Phone: 202-625-2361
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Folger Shakespeare Library — Founded by industrialist Henry Clay Folger and opened in 1932, the library is located one block east of the U.S. Capitol  and stands today as the world's largest Shakespeare collection. In addition to being a famed research library, the Folger is also an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs, including theater, music, poetry, exhibits, lectures and family programs.
    • Location: Capitol Hill, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-675-0375
    • Costs: Call for information on upcoming events and ticket prices.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery — This museum features two outstanding collections of Asian art plus works by 19th and 20th century American artists. The Peacock Room remains the only surviving example of American expatriate James McNeill Whistler's interior design.
    • Locations: 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-633-1000
    • Costs: Admission is free.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Dec. 25. Extended summer hours are determined annually. Group tours are available by appointment.
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts — Known as the nation's performing arts center, the opulent facility presents music, dance and theater performances and children's programs in nine theaters and stages.
    • Location: 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324
    • Costs: Ticket prices vary, so call for more information.
    • Hours: Call of information about upcoming performances. Free performances at 6 p.m. daily. Call for information about group discounts, accessibility programs, free tours and the free shuttle from Foggy Bottom Metro Station.
  • The Kreeger Museum — Located in Georgetown, the museum showcases the art collection of Carmen and David Kreeger and includes works by Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh and Kandinsky.
    • Location: 2401 Foxhall Rd. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-337-3050; 877-337-3050
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $7 for seniors and students.
    • Hours: Reservations are required during weekdays. Guided tours take place Tuesday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The museum is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and reservations are not required.
  • National Gallery of Art — The museum houses a permanent collection of European and American paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and works on paper as well as changing exhibits of art from around the world.
    • Location: 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-737-4215
    • Costs: Admission is free.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed New Year's Day and Christmas. Group tours by appointment.
  • National Theatre — One of America's oldest continually operating theaters features national tours of Broadway favorites and American premieres.
    • Location: 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-628-6161; 800-447-7400
    • Costs: Tickets and group rates vary with attraction and according to availability. Advance reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Washington Ballet — Originally founded as The Washington School of Ballet in 1944 by ballet legend Mary Day, The Washington Ballet has built an international reputation presenting works by choreographers from around the world, including Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp and Nacho Duato as well as Neoclassical masterworks and new stagings of 19th century classics.
    • Locations: 3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-362-3606
    • Costs: Call for information in ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming performances.
  • The Arena Stage — This Tony Award-winning theater focuses on productions that feature American voices from classics to world premieres. Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater features a centralized lobby with 3 state-of-the-art performance venues and an on-site café.
    • Location: 1101 6th St. SW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-554-9066
    • Costs: Call for information ion ticket prices. Groups of 10 or more save up to 50%.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming performances

Restaurants & Shopping

  • Capitol Hill — This historic neighborhood sits in the shadows of the Capitol dome and offers shoppers a mix of nationally known retail outlets and neighborhood specialty boutiques. On 8th Street SE, also known as Barracks Row, you’ll discover pet shops, antiques and more.

  • Eastern Market — Located in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, Eastern Market is one of the city’s liveliest open-air markets. Merchants in the South Hall Market offer everything from fresh produce and flowers to delicatessen fare, bakery, meat and dairy products. The North Hall is an events space. The Weekend Farmers’ Line is an open-air venue where local farmers sell fresh local produce year-round.  And the Weekend Outdoor Market features local artists selling handmade arts and crafts and antiques.
    • Location: 225 7th St. SE, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-698-5253
    • Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed on Monday.
  • Union Station — Located in the Capitol Hill district, this train station has been the gateway to the nation's capital for nearly 100 years. Every year, 29 million visitors enjoy shopping, entertainment and an international variety of food in this Beaux Arts transportation hub.
    • Location: 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-289-1908
    • Hours: Union Station shops, restaurants and market are open seven days a week. Retail Stores, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Food Court, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sit-Down Restaurants, times vary so please contact each restaurant individually.
  • D.C.’s Downtown Area — The central business district of the city’s northwest quadrant has welcomed a wave of development in recent years, including the arrival of new shopping destinations. Visit the shops in Chinatown’s Gallery Place retail area. Take a walk down F Street to sample gourmet cheeses or shop for hip fashions. Browse 7th Street’s galleries for showpieces by emerging artists. Downtown is also home to Macy’s and dozens of nationally known retail shops.

  • Georgetown — If you’re looking for one-of a kind boutiques and trendy waterfront restaurants, Georgetown, located in northwest Washington, D.C. along the Potomac River, is the place to go. Walk along the neighborhood’s cobblestone streets to find clothing by locally grown designers, fabulous shoe and antiques shops as well as well-known chains like Coach and Restoration Hardware. If you’re hungry after all that retail therapy, Georgetown boasts more than 100 restaurants representing more than 50 ethnicities.

  • U Street Corridor — This nine-block stretch of U Street extending from 9th Street on the east to 18th Street and Florida Avenue on the west literally explodes with funky furniture stores, hip clothing outlets and cool boutiques, making it one of the city’s top places to shop.

  • Dupont Circle —This eclectic, cosmopolitan neighborhood is home to trendy galleries, boutiques and used bookshops. Travel along Connecticut Avenue toward the White House and you’ll pass Brooks Brothers and other leading retail chains. On Sundays, the Circle hosts a farmers market.

  • Adams Morgan — Located north of Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan boasts a host of great restaurants and amazing boutique shopping. Visitors can while away an afternoon at a used book store, browse through vintage clothing or pick through the latest styles and trends in a unique retail spot. Then grab a great meal in one of many restaurants representing different world cuisines.

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

  • Verizon Center —The 20,000-seat arena is home to NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and the Georgetown Hoyas Men’s Basketball team.
    • Location: 601 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-628-3200
    • Costs: Call for ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office is a full-service Ticketmaster outlet located inside the main entrance at 601 F Street NW. The box office is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and is closed on non-event Sundays.
  • Rock Creek Golf Course — Located just 15 minutes away from the heart of the city, the Rock Creek Golf Course is operated by the National Park Service. The beautifully maintained public course is home to many species of plants and animals including wild turkeys, deer and hawks. The course provides 18 holes, a 3,500-square-foot putting green, pro shop and a snack bar and beverage cart. Available services include rental clubs, carts and handicap assistance.
    • Location: 6100 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-882-7332
    • Costs: Greens fees and other expenses vary. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Langston Golf Course — Open since 1939, many famous and prominent professional golfers, celebrities and government officials have played a round at Langston including Bob Hope, President Gerald Ford and Jim Thorpe. The 18-hole course is operated by the National Parks Service and features beautiful lakes, rolling hills and challenging tees as well as a 5,000=square-foot putting green, a short game area, driving range, pro shop, beverage cart and a full-service restaurant, the Langston Grille.
    • Location: 2600 Benning Road NE, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-397-8638
    • Costs: Green fees and other costs vary. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • East Potomac Golf Course — Golfers can choose from three distinct golf courses with different layouts and levels of difficulty. The Blue Course contains 18 holes, while the Red and White Courses contain nine holes with three- or four-par limits. This full-service golf facility also boasts a heated and covered driving range, a short game area, a three-hole practice course, a pro shop, miniature golf and a full-service restaurant, the Potomac Grille. Available services include rental clubs, carts and handicap assistance.
    • Location: 972 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-554-7660
    • Costs: Green rates and other costs vary. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Historical Sites & Landmarks

  • Lafayette Square — This historic neighborhood surrounds the White House. The story of the area and the tales of the Square's notable residents are told through many nearby museums and institutions, including the Octagon House, Decatur House Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Renwick Gallery, Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, the American Red Cross Museum and St. John's Episcopal Church.
    • Location 16th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-208-1631
  • Ford's Theater — Famed as the place where Johns Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln, Ford’s Theater remains a working theater producing plays and musicals exploring the American experience and the Lincoln legacy. The theater is also a historical monument and a world-class museum. Highlights of a Ford's Theatre visit include: Booth's derringer pistol; presentations by actors and National Park Service rangers about Ford's Theatre; exhibits exploring Lincoln's presidency and the Civil War; and a 34-foot tower of Lincoln books.
    • Location: 511 10th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-347-4833
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: As daytime programs vary from day to day, call for more information.
  • Jefferson Memorial — This neoclassical building honoring the third U.S. president was designed by the architect John Russell Pope and took four years to build, completed in 1943. Beneath the marble rotunda stands a 19-foot statue of Jefferson surrounded by passages from the Declaration of Independence and his other famous writings.
    • Location: Tidal Basin South End, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-426-6841
    • Costs: Free.
    • Hours: Open daily except Dec. 25. A park ranger is in attendance from 8 a.m. until midnight.
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial — Built by the Korean War Veterans Memorial Advisory with $18 million in donated funds, the memorial is located on a 2.2-acre site and features a sculptured column of soldiers arrayed for combat and a 164-foot mural wall bearing the words "Freedom Is Not Free" and etched with 2,500 photographic images of nurses, chaplains, crew chiefs, mechanics and other support personnel.
    • Location: Independence Avenue at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: For details, call the National Park Service at 202-619-7222
    • Costs: Free.
    • Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. to midnight.
  • Lincoln Memorial — Located on the National Mall, this grand monument overlooks the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol. Inside, a 19-foot marble statue of the 16th U.S. president is bordered by inscriptions of his Second Inaugural Address and the famous Gettysburg Address..
    • Location: Independence Avenue & 23rd Street NW, Washington, D.C. 
    • Phone: 202-426-6841
    • Costs: Free.
    • Hours: Open daily except December 25. A park ranger is in attendance from 8 a.m. until midnight.
  • National World War II Memorial — Located between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, this memorial features two 43-foot arches, a 17-foot pillar for each state and territory from that period and a field of 4,000 gold stars honoring the more than 400,000 who died. A series of bronze sculpture panels depict Americans at war, at home and overseas.
    • Location: 17th Street & Independence Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Costs: Free.
    • Hours: Open daily except Christmas.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial — The black granite walls of this V-shaped memorial bear the names of more than 58,209 Americans missing or killed in the Vietnam conflict.
    • Location: Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive NW, Washington, D.C. 
    • Phone: 202-634-1568
    • Hours: Open 24-hours. A park ranger on site from 8 a.m. until midnight.
  • Washington Monument — Located in the middle of the National Mall, the stone obelisk is one of the nation’s most recognizable structures. The monument, which commemorates George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the early Continental Army and the first American president, is both the world's tallest stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet, 5 1⁄8 inches tall.
    • Location: 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 800-967-2283
    • Costs: Damaged by an earthquake in 2011, the monument’s immediate grounds and observation deck is due to reopen in the spring of 2014. Call to reserve tickets. There is a $1.50 service charge and $.50 shipping fee. Free same-day timed tickets are available beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the 15th Street kiosk.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Supreme Court of the United States — Designed by Cass Gilbert and built from 1931 to 1935, the Supreme Court Building’s grandeur serves as the symbol of the court’s importance as an equal and independent branch of government. Thought there are no guided walking tours, visitors are encouraged to tour the building on their own and avail themselves of a variety of educational programs including courtroom lectures, a visitors’ film and court-related exhibitions.  The Courtroom is located on the first floor, and court sessions are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.  Portions of the first and ground floors are also open to the public, and highlights include the John Marshall Statue, portraits and busts of justices, and two self-supporting marble spiral staircases
    • Location: First Street and Maryland Avenue NE, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-479-3211
    • Costs: Admission is free.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • U.S. Capitol & Capitol Visitor Center — The U.S. Capitol and its stately dome have become international symbols of America’s representative democracy. Though it is a working office building, it also houses an important collection of American art and is regarded as an architectural achievement in its own right. Located below the East Front plaza of the Capitol, the Capitol Visitor Center is the main entrance to the U.S. Capitol and features a 500-seat restaurant, two gift shops and an exhibition hall that tells the story of the U.S. Congress and the Capitol.
    • Location: E. Capitol Street NE and First Street NE, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-226-8000
    • Costs: Tours are free, but tour passes are required. Tours may be booked in advance online through the offices of your senators or representatives, or through the Office of Visitor Services. A limited number of same-day passes are available each day.
    • Hours: The Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Inauguration Day. Guided tours of the Capitol are available Monday through Saturday, 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
  • The White House — The home of every U.S. president except George Washington, the White House was designed by Irish-born James Hoban and built between 1792 and 1800. It was burned by the British in 1814 during the War of 1812, and amid numerous renovations has been expanded into a complex that includes the Executive Residence, the West Wing, the East Wing, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building—the former State Department, which now houses offices for the president's staff and the vice president—and Blair House, a guest residence. Still, it is ranked second on the American Institute of Architects list of "America's Favorite Architecture."
    • Location: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-456-7041
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for more information.
    • Other: Tours of the White House have been expanded to include parties of 10 or more people. Tour requests must be made through one's member of Congress and will be accepted up to six months in advance, and are scheduled approximately one month before the requested date.
  • Woodrow Wilson House — Washington's only presidential museum offers an look at one of America's greatest presidents, a statesman and Nobel Prize winner. View authentic objects from the White House and elaborate gifts of state.
    • Location: 2340 S St. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-387-4062
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 for students and members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Free admission for children under age 12 and Friends of Woodrow Wilson House.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
  • The National Cathedral — A sacred place for our nation in times of tragedy and celebration, the National Cathedral is famed for its stained glass windows. Religious services are held daily.
    • Location: 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C
    • Phone:
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $6 for children age 5 to 12, seniors and military personnel; Free for children age 4 and younger.
    • Hours: Call for information on visiting hours, religious services and guided tours.

Parks & Outdoor Activities

  • C&O Canal National Historical Park — The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal stretches 184.5 miles from Georgetown to Cumberland, MD. Mule-drawn boat trips are available April through October, allowing visitors to travel back to the 1870s. Wide towpaths are open to bikers, joggers and hikers.
    • Location: 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-653-5190
    • Costs: Admission, $5 per car. Contact park for additional fee admissions. Price can vary. Tickets for boat trips cost $5 for visitors age 4 and older (those younger ride for free). Groups of 10 or more people may make advance reservations by phone.
    • Hours: The main entrance, visitor center and coach parking at Great Falls, MD and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Georgetown Visitor Center is open April through October, Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. One-hour round-trip boat excursions depart from Washington, D.C. and Great Falls, MD. Call ahead for current schedule.
  • Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens — View thousands of water plants, water lilies, lotuses and water hyacinths in ponds along the Anacostia River. Flowers bloom May through the autumn.
    • Location:  Anacostia Avenue & Douglas Street NE, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-426-6905
    • Costs: Admission is free. Call for more information on guided tours.
    • Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
  • Lincoln Park — This historic park is a public celebration of the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia, featuring the Emancipation statue and the Mary McLeod Bethune statue.
    • Location: 11th Street & East Capitol Street NE, Washington, D.C. 
    • Phone: 202-690-5185
  • Potamac Park — The West Potomac Park is the area between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial and includes the Tidal Basin and the famed cherry blossom trees that bloom every spring. Hains Point, located on the tip of East Potomac Park, features the giant bronze statue, The Awakening.
    • Location: North and south of the Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-485-9880
    • Hours: Open daily, 6 a.m. to midnight.
  • Rock Creek Park — This 1,754-acre expanse surrounds Rock Creek and extends north to the District line and includes Pierce Mill, the Art Barn gallery, a nature center, planetarium, riding stables, tennis courts, a golf course, picnic areas, playing fields and an extensive network of trails for walking, jogging and cycling.  
    • Location: 3545 Williamsburg Lane NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-895-6070
    • Costs: Admission to the park is free.
    • Hours: The nature center is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and the Fourth of July. Call for information on hours of operation for other facilities.
The National Mall — Located in the center of Washington, D.C. on the banks of the Potomac River, the National Mall is a two-mile stretch of land bound by the U.S. Capitol to the east and the Washington Monument to the west. Visitors will find a wide, tree-lined boulevard with monuments and memorials, world-famous museums and impressive federal buildings along Constitution Avenue. The park has been the site of history-making events, including Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have A Dream" speech, and hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in July, Screen on the Green Monday evenings in the summer and the National Book Festival in September.

Zoos & Aquariums

  • National Zoological Park — Part of the Smithsonian, the nation’s zoo houses thousands of exotic animals, including the famed giant panda.
    • Location: 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-633-1000 
    • Costs: Admission is free.
    • Hours: The grounds are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (6 p.m. from November through March). Exhibit buildings are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (4:30 p.m. November through March). The visitors center, shops and concession stands are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To arrange guided tours, call 202-633-3025 or 202-673-4823. Closed on Dec. 25.

Other Points of Interest

  • Bureau of Engraving & Printing — Learn all about U.S. paper currency. See millions of dollars being printed as you walk along the gallery overlooking the production floor. The visitors center includes exhibits and currency products for sale.
    • Location: 14th Street and C Street SW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-874-2330; 866-874-2330
    • Costs: Admission is free.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2 pm. Groups are admitted from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (reservation required).
    • Other: Tickets are needed for admission from March through August and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The ticket booth, located on 15th Street, opens at 8 a.m. On most days, tickets are gone by 9 a.m., so line up early. Evening tours are available April through August from 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. every 15 minutes. Tours last approximately 35 minutes.
  • Library of Congress — Housed in the Thomas Jefferson Building, known for its magnificent 19th century architecture and decoration, the Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
    • Location: 101 First St. SE, Washington, D.C. 
    • Phone: 202-707-8000
    • Costs: Admission is free.
    • Hours: Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours take place Monday through Friday at half-past each hour (except 12:30 p.m.), 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • National Archives & Records Administration — The National Archives is home to the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and more than three billion records as well as a myriad of exhibitions.
    • Location: Constitution Avenue NW, between 7th & 9th streets, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-357-5000
    • Costs: Admission is free.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hours are extended during the summer. Group tours are available by appointment, call (202) 501-5205.
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum — This internationally acclaimed museum tells the story of the Holocaust through artifacts, films, photos and oral histories.
    • Location: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-488-0400
    • Costs: Admission is free.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • International Spy Museum — This interactive museum traces the growth of espionage, showcasing the ingenuity of real-life spies and spymasters. Guests adopt a cover, break codes, identify disguised spies and become the subjects of covert surveillance throughout their visit.
    • Location: 800 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-393-7798; 866-779-6873
    • Costs: $20.95 for adults (age 12 to 64); $15.95 for seniors, military and law enforcement; $14.95 for children, age 7 to 11; Free for children age 6 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C. — Madame Tussauds famed wax museum is where visitors are able to touch, see and hear historical icons and celebrities
    • Location: 1001 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-942-7300; 866-823-9565
    • Costs: Ticket prices vary. Call for more information.
    • Hours:  The museum is open daily. Call for hours of operation.
  • Newseum — Seven levels contain 15 galleries and 15 theaters packed with interactive exhibits that explore how news affects how we experience historic moments. Inside the Newseum, the Food Section by Wolfgang Puck offers an extensive selection of hot entrees, grilled and cold sandwiches, gourmet soups and more.
    • Location: 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-292-6100; 888-639-7386
    • Costs: $22.95 for adults (age 19 to 64); $18.95 for seniors; $13.95 for children, age 7 to 18; Free for children age 7 and younger. Various discounts are available. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days.
  • U.S. Botanic Gardens — Established by the U.S. Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. This living plant museum informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth's fragile ecosystems.
    • Location: 100 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.
    • Phone: 202-225-8333
    • Costs: Admission is free.
    • Hours: The Conservatory is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, including all weekends and holidays. The National Garden, located adjacent to the Conservatory, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, including all weekends and holidays.

 

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