DC on the cheap

Posted on 11 January 2012

If your budget is being stretched, consider these free or cheap options in Washington DC!

- The Kennedy Center has free performances on the Millenium Stage at 6pm daily. Go along and see anything from the National Symphony Orchestra to poetry slams.

-Have a look at the National Museum of the American Indian, a fascinating tribute to the original culture of the American Continent, with storytelling and dance festivals on often.

-If you are 35 and under, get $10 tickets to some productions by the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Allotments of low-price tickets is released Tuesday mornings during show season.

-Go to the Smithsonian, the world's largest museum and research complex. This is free, including t6he National Zoo.

-Be at one with nature and see the stars at Rock Creek Park and Planetarium

-Use the Metrorail to get around- Day Passes are just $8.30 and it goes all over.

-Kids love Friendship Park, with it's huge toy-filled sandbox.

-Pay tribute to the greats of the nation at Arlington Cemetery, the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall and many other places of reflection.

-Eat cheap at Ben's Chili Bowl (chili half smoke for $5.20), Julia's Empanadas (Empanadas for less than $5) or Chinatown Express (noodles for under $5)

-Be inspired at Freedom Plaza, across from the hotel where Martin Luther King Jr wrote his famous speech.

-Pay just a small donation for a Docent-led tour at one of the many museums and cultural centres. Check websites for details.

These are just a few of the free and cheap thngs on offer in Washington- do some exploring to find the rest. Also free and good exercise is a good old-fashioned exploratory stroll, and DC will not disappoint, with museums, historical sites and great restaurants around every corner.

by Amanda Flickr Creative Commons

Freedom Plaza
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