- The list below includes 502 free or cheap things to do in or near Washington, D.C., including 119 different types of inexpensive activities like Monuments, History Museums, Art Museum and Bus Tours.
- From National Mall to Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Washington and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Arlington, Silver Spring, Bethesda and Reston.
The City of Westminster Municipal Pool is a swimming pool that offers individual and family memberships as well as daily admission rates. The pool also offers swimming lessons for students of all ages and levels.
71% 7 votes
1787 Castlewood Dr, Colonial Beach, VA 22443 MoreLess Info
The Colonial Beach Yacht Center is situated on the Potomac River at the mouth of Monroe Bay. It offers both open and dry slips which can accommodate vessels from 18 to 118 feet in length in addition to a fuel dock.
Through music, photos, and wax figures, the John Brown Wax Museum tells the story of John Brown's attack on Harpers Ferry. John Brown led an attempt in 1859 to stop slavery, and his story became the popular Battle Hymn of the Republic song.
93% 337 votes
120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg, VA MoreLess Info
The battle climax of the Civil War took place in the regions covered by the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. Visitors can learn about the war and the specific battles of the area through the park's museum and by walking across the battlefields themselves.
The spacious Georgia mansion and grounds, Chatham Manor, is a slice of Virginia history. The manor was home to many important and famous people throughout history and rooms are dedicated to preserving their memory.
98% 209 votes
Thomas Hall, St. Peter's Catholic Church, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 MoreLess Info
O' Be Joyfull Historical Tours & Entertainment, gives ghost tours of Harpers Valley, and its founder Rick Garland also conducts historical tours including tours of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church. This leader also presents a Historical Songs and Stories Concert Show, as well as serving as a step-on guide.
100% 2 votes
Roosevelt Island DC to Allegheny Highlands PA, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 MoreLess Info
Potomac Heritage Trail offers visitors outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, biking, rafting, and boating. The trail goes through forests, has rocky terrain, and passes by streams. There are also views of the Potomac River.
94% 32 votes
3600 Old Frederick Rd., Thurmont, MD 21788 MoreLess Info
The picturesque Loy's Station Covered Bridge in Old Frederick Road has a picnic area with a playground for kids. There is also a creek nearby, several other picnic tables scattered along the stream, horseshoe pits, and grills.