7 Fun Things to do in Washington DC This Summer ...


While it’s hard to believe that the cooler days of fall are already approaching, there are still plenty of fun things to do in Washington DC this summer before the leaves start to turn.

Didn’t have a chance to visit this year?

It’s never too early to start planning next summer’s vacation, so read on for a look at just seven of the many fun things to do in Washington DC all season long.

1. Visit Smithsonian Museums

Visit Smithsonian Museums

Of all the fun things to do in Washington DC, visiting the Smithsonian museums that line the National Mall is an absolute must, especially when you need to escape the intense humidity and heat the summer months can bring.

Since these museums are located within easy walking distance of one another, it’s easy to cool off while checking out the National Museum of the American Indian, National Gallery of Art, National Air and Space Museum and more.

With so much to see and the added bonus of free admission, what’s not to love?

2. Tour the Monuments at Night

Tour the Monuments at Night

From the iconic Lincoln Memorial to the more recently unveiled Martin Luther King, Jr.

Memorial, the monuments on and around the National Mall take on a new kind of beauty after the sun goes down.2

Whether you prefer to explore the area with a designated group like Old Town Trolley Tours or simply walk around on your own, touring the monuments at night is the perfect opportunity to enjoy cooler weather and miss the large daytime crowds.

3. Check out the National Zoo

Check out the National Zoo

Nothing says summer vacation like a family trip to the zoo, so why not plan an outing to see giant pandas, lions, elephants and more at DC’s National Zoo?

While admission to the zoo itself is free, there is a $16-$22 fee for parking, so be sure to budget this in ahead of time or plan on taking the Metro to the Woodley Park or Cleveland Park stations on the Red Line instead.

However you get there, this is one summer outing kids and adults alike are sure to love!

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