- 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.
Running along an old canal, Armory Canal Trail offers placards with historical information and views of old factories and ruins. The trail can be used for hiking and has wildlife like birds, fish and turtles that can be seen.
93% 70 votes
Harpers Ferry Center, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 MoreLess Info
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 2,184-mile long public footpath that was constructed by volunteers over the course of 16 years. The Appalachian Conservatory Trail was organized to help protect the trail.
61% 62 votes
268 Kings Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22405 MoreLess Info
Visitors get to step back in time when visiting George Washington's Ferry Farm. The farm, and Washington's childhood home, takes guests on a tour through Civil War artifacts, 18th century plant life and the farms sprawling grounds that cover over 80 acres.
The historic region of Fredericksburg is combined with modern attractions in Old Town. General self-guided walking tours can help guests cover the historic buildings at their own pace before exploring the various boutique stores, art galleries, and many restaurants.
88% 24 votes
343 Campground Rd., Harpers Ferry, WV MoreLess Info
An expansive collection of memorabilia can be found at the Civil War Living History Museum. War relics, documents, and knowledgeable hosts are part of every tour. History buffs and curious visitors alike find something of interest to touch and experience.
52% 89 votes
43 Old Taylor Ln, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 MoreLess Info
Built by relatives of John Wilkes Booth, he stayed in this home when witnessing the execution of John Brown, and historians believe he was headed to this house after shooting Abraham Lincoln. Guests can attend ghost tours of the home, séances, and the home is used for paranormal research.
Opened in 2010, The Haunted Cottage is a local haunted attraction commonly visited by those fascinated by the paranormal. Ghost tours, paranormal research training, and unexplained events are among the many reasons that attract visitors to the cottage.
Those who journey to the Holy Cross Abbey can explore the site for its historical significance or for religious reasons as Holy Communion is given to the public at Mass. There is also an on-site gift shop with handmade wares created by the monks, including baked goods.
94% 18 votes
408 Alstadts Hill Road, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 MoreLess Info
Offering above ground experiences, Aerial Forest Adventure Park at Harpers Ferry has 72 challenge elements spread across six courses to choose from. Activities include rope and log bridges, zip lines, and rock walls.