Washington, DC is full of attractions. They offer iconic monuments, world-famous museums, and other attractions. There is so much to see and do, in D.C.
There are a number of parks and plenty of other things to enjoy. In Washington, D.C., you can even save money, since many of the attractions, are free of charge. Here are a few of the best attractions belo
Smithsonian National Zoo
It is 163-acres, with about 2,000 animals. There are nearly 400 species of animals, from great apes to sea lions. The zoo’s most popular resident, is a baby panda named Bao Bao. Other animals you will see are orangutans, as they swing along cables, between eight steel towers. You’ll also see exotic animals, such as the titi monkeys and silver-beaked tanagers. Even though the zoo is free, unfortunately, parking isn’t. Parking is $16, for the first three hours. After three hours, it will cost you $22. The hours of operations are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m daily. They also offer extended hours, from late spring through summer. The exhibits are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m daily. It closes at 4:30 p.m., during the winter season.
John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts
It hosts about 2,000 shows, including dance, theater, and folk music. The shows also include jazz, orchestral, chamber, and other varieties. Musical performances that it houses, include the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Ballet, and the Washington National Opera. Ticket prices are a little expensive. However, they do offer a few free shows, on the Millennium Stage.
Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum
It has many impressive exhibits, such as Apollo 11 command module, Soviet SS-20, and US Pershing II Rockets. The highlight of the museum, is the Wright Brothers’ 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis. The museum contains other well-known aircrafts, such Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega5B and others. Other exhibits they offer, include a flight simulator, IMAX Theater, and a planetarium. They even offer a three-level gift shop. The museum is free of charge. However, the IMAX Theater and planetarium charge an admission fee. Tickets for adults start at $9. For ages 2 to 12, the price starts at $7.50. The prices vary, depending on feature type. The museum welcomes visitors daily, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Washington Monument is an obelisk, over 555 feet tall. It was built in honor of George Washington. He was the United States first president and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. You can take a tour inside the monument. If you are uncomfortable with heights, crowding, or enclosed spaces, the monument have all these factors. The waiting area is outside. Also, there are no bathrooms, food, or other amenities available. The nearest restrooms are in the Washington Monument Lodge. You can get free tickets at the Washington Monument Lodge at 8:30 am daily. It is located on 15th Street, adjacent to the Washington Monument. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also make advanced reservations as well. Unfortunately, advanced reservations are not free. Tickets are required for ages 2 and up. Tours begin at 1 pm.
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