It Starts with the Smithsonian: Free Attractions Mean the Capitol is a Family Winner

If you are planning a city break to somewhere like Washington DC it could soon get a bit pricey if you are not careful, which is why the free attractions offered by the Smithsonian should be on your radar and are a good starting point for building an itinerary.

Here is a look at some of the many free attractions that will help stretch your budget and keep everyone entertained, including why the Smithsonian option is such a no-brainer, exhibits to inspire and educate your kids, plus a good outdoor venue to visit.

It has to start with the Smithsonian

If you check into somewhere like the Marriott Courtyard in Washington you will be ideally placed to get around the city see all the major attractions on offer, including all the fascinating museums that come under the Smithsonian banner.

There is bound to be a museum that will keep them excited and interested for hours and whether you have a little one who is mad about dinosaurs or wants to explore space when they are grown up, there is a venue that caters perfectly to their needs and interests.

Even if the awesome exhibits and displays are a good enough reason to visit on their own the added bonus is that all the Smithsonian attractions in Washington offer free entry.


The history of aviation and space travel under one roof

The National Air and Space Museum is a big family favorite and this is a place that has inspired future generations of astronauts and pilots from around the globe.

The main aim of the museum is to showcase the impressive technological achievements over the last century or so and let you actually see some of the iconic and groundbreaking machines in the flesh.

Actually witnessing the Apollo 11 spacecraft that returned to Earth might have your kid dreaming of becoming an astronaut in the future, and the planetarium is well worth a visit for stargazers.


A roaring good time studying natural history

Thanks to movies like Jurassic Park and a Night at the Museum, dinosaurs and other creatures from the past and present are always a topic that causes excitement amongst children of all ages.

You can fulfill that intrigue with a visit the Natural History Museum and discover the lost world of the last American dinosaurs that roamed the planet before any of us were around.

If you want to bring their animal education right up to date during your time in Washington you could also arrange to visit another Smithsonian venue, The National Zoo set in Rock Creek Park, which is a day out in itself with all the things going on there on a daily basis.

The Nature Center in Rock Creek is well worth a visit if you are heading to the zoo with educational games and activities going on and a nature trail to follow.

There are loads of free family attractions in Washington so you won’t be regularly emptying your wallet while the kids are enjoying themselves.


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