150+ Fun Things to Do in Washington DC

There are so many fun things to do in Washington DC it’s tough to know where to start. Luckily we’ve got a list of 150 of them for you right here. Washington DC is famous for its well known historical landmarks, like the Washington Monument, the Capitol, and of course The White House. But there’s plenty more to see, eat, and drink than meets the eye. 

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Watch the ducks in Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
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Find the spot where Martin Luther King once stood
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See Van Gogh and other great collections at the National Gallery of Art
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Learn about aviation and space flight at the National Air and Space Museum
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Take an interesting tour of the Library of Congress
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Be moved by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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Read the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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View the soldiers at the Korean War Veterans Memorial
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Look for Kilroy at the National World War II Memorial
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Stop by the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
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Take a walk around Thomas Jefferson Memorial
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See the African elephant and other amazing displays at the National Museum of Natural History
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Reflect at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
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Listen to the choir sing Evensong at the Washington National Cathedral
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Hangout at the National Portrait Gallery’s Kogod Courtyard
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See the cherry blossoms at National Mall
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View memorable quotes at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
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Get a bird’s eye view of the nation’s capital from the Washington Monument
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Visit the Smithsonian Institution Building
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Explore the National Museum of American History
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Look at different species of plants at the United States Botanic Garden
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Attend a sketching workshop at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Take a walk around Georgetown
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See important documents in history at the National Archives Museum
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Book a tour of the U.S. Capitol
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Take a stroll down Capitol Hill
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Appreciate Asian art at Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Look at the vast collection of memorabilia at the National Postal Museum
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Take a picture of the White House
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Attend a courtroom lecture at the Supreme Court
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See amazing animals at the National Zoo
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Travel through time at Dumbarton Oaks Museum
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Have a relaxing walk at the U.S. National Arboretum
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Take a seat beside Albert Einstein
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Go people watching at the Union Station
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Get up close and personal with nature at Rock Creek Park
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Visit the historic Peirce Mill
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See what life was like in the Old Stone House
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View the cascading fountain in Meridian Hill Park
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Have a picnic at Dumbarton Oaks Park
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Find a quiet spot to read a book in Montrose Park
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Go jogging at Georgetown Waterfront Park
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Have a romantic stroll in Francis Scott Key Park
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Look at the lions that guard the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
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Be inspired at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial
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Watch the Evening Parade at the Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. 8th and I
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Take a tour of the Franciscan Monastery
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Marvel at the art pieces at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
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Look at contemporary and decorative art at Renwick Gallery
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See pieces of the American Revolution at DAR Museum
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View the historic buildings at Georgetown University
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Watch the U.S. Marines Sunset Parade
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Take a guided tour of Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
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Explore the National Museum of the American Indian
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Know more about U.S. paper currency at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
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Look at impressive sculptures at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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View remarkable displays at the National Museum of African Art
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Step back in time at Larz Anderson House
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Attend a Ranger program at the White House Visitors Center
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Find the freshest produce at Eastern Market
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Spend an afternoon reading at Folger Shakespeare Library
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Take an interesting tour of the Senate and House Office Buildings
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Have a moment of reflection at St. Matthew’s Cathedral
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Relax on a bench at Enid A. Haupt Garden
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Hang out at Washington Harbour
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Play chess at Dupont Circle
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Walk along Embassy Row and see foreign embassies
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See the beauty of nature at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
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Take a picture of the Old Post Office’s clock tower
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View interesting displays at Corcoran Gallery of Art
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Visit the wall of honor at the National Japanese American Memorial
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Have a quick run along the C and O Canal
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See the cool shops in Adams Morgan
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Take an impressive tour of the House of the Temple
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Watch protestors at Lafayette Square
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Find the “Spirit of Freedom” at the African American Civil War Memorial
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Learn the history of American medicine at the National Museum of Health and Medicine
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Locate hard to find titles at Kramerbooks
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Take a look at the butterflies at the Smithsonian Gardens Butterfly Habitat
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Attend a book signing at Politics and Prose
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Find vintage items at Miss Pixie’s
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Go book hunting at Capitol Hill Books
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See the freshest catch of the day at Maine Avenue Fish Market
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Check out the shops in Chinatown
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fun things to do in Washington DC

Our nation’s capital provides tons of things to do any day of the year and we think our list is a great start. But we can’t write up everything the city has to offer! Think we’re missing something? Let us know! And then head over to check out some of the best weekend getaways around the area!