10 (Almost) Free things to Do in DC

-From Washington.Org

1.Visit the National Geographic Museum and travel around the world. View engrossing exhibitions that highlight the diversity of international cultures and natural wonders. Adult admission is $8; for kids 5-12, it’s $4.

2.  See a play. Take advantage of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s pay-what-you-can seats, offered for the first two performances of every mainstage production (usually Monday or Tuesday). Tickets (two per person) are sold at the theater 90 minutes prior to show time.

3. Follow Georgetown’s cobblestone streets to Old Stone House, a National Park Service site and DC’s last pre-Revolutionary building standing on its original foundation.

4. Trip the light fantastic. Thrill to Leo Villareal’s dynamic light sculpture “Multiverse” while riding the moving walkway between the National Gallery of Art’s East and West Buildings.

5. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the preservation of art in the Lunder Conservation Center. It’s the first art conservation facility allowing the public permanent access to views of essential conservation work. There you’ll see staff from the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum hard at work through floor-to-ceiling windows.

6. Take a free or nearly free docent-led tour at one of DC’s many museums and other cultural institutions, including the National Archives and the National Air and Space Museum. Before you go, make sure to check each’s website for details.

7. DC is a celebratory city in which festivals take place throughout the year. Check out our events calendar for information on DC’s most popular free-of-charge festivals, including the National Cherry Blossom Festival (March-April), the Source Festival (June) and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June-July).

8.  Visit The Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle, America’s first museum of modern art, where access to the permanent collection is free of charge Tuesdays through Fridays. (Contributions are encouraged.)

9.  Head to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the work of women artists. Admission is free on Community Day, the first Sunday of every month.

10. Dance your way to Café Citron in Dupont Circle. On Wednesday nights, free salsa lessons are offered from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Our rooms  in our DC Bed and Breakfast are within walking distance of the National Zoo, restaurants and dining in Washington DC. A short walk will get you the Metro Station to DC Tourist attractions. Contact Kalorama Guest House today!

Brew at The Zoo!

We are so excited to be going to the Brew at The Zoo!

THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013, 6-9 P.M.

The National Zoo wants you to raise your glass to conservation and join FONZ at our annual Brew at the Zoo, where you can sample the best beers from more than 60 craft and microbreweries. The best part? Proceeds from this festive event go towards animal care and conservation at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and around the world. Now that’s something worth toasting to.

Pours from over 60 craft and microbreweries
A commemorative mug worth keeping
Live entertainment
Complimentary sodas and water


Drinking beer to save animals is hard work – ready yourself to continue your mission by stopping at some of the many amazing food trucks that will be on-site for the event! Credit cards are accepted at many, but not all of the food trucks. ATMs are located inside the Zoo at the Visitor Center and Mane Restaurant.

  • Pepe Food Truck
  • Rocklands Barbecue and Grilling Company
  • Red Hook Lobster Pound
  • Ledo Pizza
  • Nourish Events
  • Tasty Kabob & Gyro Inc.
  • Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats
  • Stay tuned for more!


Head to the event stage where Washington D.C.’s premier party band, Gonzo’s Nose, will be playing all your favorite hits!


The Trolley Pub will be on-site during the event, serving beer tastings and giving guests a chance to ride this ingenious contraption. Part machine, part awesome, the Trolley Pub is a pedal-powered, eco-friendly, pub-crawling trolley for up to 14 people at time.

See here for more information!

Need a place to stay!   Kalorama Guest House located in Woodley Park in Washington DC offers a great choice for a Bed and Breakfast in DC. Located Off Connecticut Avenue, guests of this Washington DC Bed and Breakfast enjoy easy walks to shopping, international cuisines and to the actual event at The Washington National Zoo!  For more info click here.

The National Zoo is in walking distance!

Just down the road from the Kalorama Guest House, the National Zoo is yet another free play zone brought to you by the Smithsonian. Meander by the Giant Pandas, keep an eye out for the orangutans, which can travel freely on a system of cables 40 feet above your head, and if you have small children with you, make your way all the way down to the petting farm and the pizza-garden playground. What a great time, a free stop and a beautiful place to stroll around. The National Zoo in in walking distance from the Kalorama Guest House in Washington, DC at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008; 202-633-4800 nationalzoo.si.edu

Bond? James Bond? International Spy Museum

This is one museum that is actually worth paying for — especially if you’re burned out on the more nutritious museums (which you will be any second now), or if you have children over age 10. The Spy Museum, one of D.C.’s most popular attractions, is noisy with films and interactive displays. But at the end of the day, this museum works because spies are cool, and so are KGB lipstick pistols and invisible-ink letters. Be sure to check out the exhibit on the Navajo codetalkers and the history of spying going back to Moses. Then have dinner at Zola, a sophisticated American restaurant adjacent to the Spy Museum. (Yes, D.C. now has a few sophisticated restaurants. Incredible but true.) Reservations are recommended. Take the red, yellow or green line to Gallery Place/Chinatown.
International Spy Museum is located at 800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 spymuseum.org
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Visit The National Mall!

Visit The National Mall! The best way to see most of Washington’s monuments and museums is to stroll down the Mall, a greenway crowned by the Capitol and lined with treasure all the way to the Lincoln Memorial. Start by taking the Metro there (orange or blue line to Smithsonian; take the Mall exit out of the station), as parking is impossible. Then choose your own adventure, rambling in and out of museums and staying only as long as you’d like. If you have kids with you, take a break at the old-fashioned carousel in front of the Arts and Industries building, about halfway down the Mall. Or duck into the sculpture garden at the Hirshhorn Museum nearby. There’s a lot to see, so you’ll have to prioritize — or chill out and assume you’ll be back one day.
The National Museum of American History is one museum not to be missed on the Mall. Reopened on Nov. 21, 2008, after a two-year renovation, it is a massive collection of all things American — from Abraham Lincoln’s top hat to the Nintendo Game Boy. Another sure thing on the Mall, the National Museum of Natural History has something for everyone in the family, from the femme to the fierce. The Hope Diamond is here, along with an insect zoo, an IMAX cinema and a hall full of dinosaurs.
Things to skip: the National Museum of the American Indian, which feels like a museum designed by committee, and the World War II Memorial, an eyesore that offers little to inspire.

The National Mall is located at 900 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC; 202-426-6841 nps.gov/nacc

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Visit the Capital!

Go check out our Nation’s Capital! To get inside, you have 2 choices: You can go on an official tour after getting tickets from a kiosk just outside the building or you can contact your state Senator or Representative to get a pass to the gallery and watch the place in action — or inaction, which is equally interesting. There are 540 rooms and almost as many lawmakers, all connected by winding halls, tunnels and an underground train.
For lunch and politico-spotting, crash one of the surprisingly decent, low-priced cafeterias in the Rayburn House Office Building or the Longworth House Office Building on Independence Avenue, or get a glass of wine and pasta at the upscale Sonoma on Pennsylvania Avenue, right behind the Library of Congress. (Metro: orange or blue line to Federal Center SW)
The United States Capitol is located at 1st Street SW & South Capitol, Washington, DC; 202-225-6827
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