Free Things to Do in Washington D.C. This Spring

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Who doesn’t appreciate the springtime in the greater D.C. area of a long winter? With so many things to do in D.C., there is nothing better than getting out and exploring free things to do around the city. Read on to learn about all the wonderful free things to do in Washington D.C. to check out this spring!

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Nothing is more symbolic of spring than Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C. Taking a stroll around the Tidal Basin loop to spy the Cherry Blossom trees in all their glory during their short-lived yet spectacular bloom—usually at the end of March or the beginning of April—is a right of passage for all D.C. residents. 

You’ll want to arrive either first thing in the morning or later in the day to avoid the big crowds. To capture the most breathtaking images, take advantage of a sunrise or sunset trip. 

Check out the National Cherry Blossom Festival from March 20 – April 17th for an array of signature events and performances at this year’s festival. 

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Visit the New Siamangs, Adi and Guntur at the Smithsonian National Zoo

You don’t need a reason to visit the zoo in spring…it just makes sense. It’s a perfect way to get outdoors after the long cold winter and enjoy all that the Smithsonian National Zoo has to offer. 

This spring, siamangs, Adi and Guntur will be making their debut appearance for visitors to see for the first time since their arrival last fall. Learn more about Adi and Guntur and check out other happenings at the zoo this spring. 

Take A Walk Along the Historic C&O Canal in Georgetown

The Georgetown section of the C&O Canal has undergone a revitalization and is the perfect place to go for a run or stroll. Enjoy a late morning walk and then visit one of the many nearby cafes or bakeries for a special treat and relax by the canal.  

This spring there will even be a Georgetown Canal boat offering scenic tours. Visit Georgetown Heritage to learn more about the canal boat and upcoming events. 

Experience a Variety of Cultural Events with Passport D.C.

Passport D.C. is a month-long celebration throughout May that highlights D.C.’s international diplomacy and celebrates cultures from around the globe. 

A variety of organizations across the district will offer cultural programming from embassy open houses and tours to festivals, food, and live performances—there will be something for everyone. 

Check out Passport D.C. for a list of events happening this May you won’t want to miss out on! 

Stop by the Planet Word Museum

A newer museum opened in 2020, Planet Word is “The museum where language comes to life.” Visitors of all ages will enjoy an interactive experience in this voice-activated museum located in the historic Franklin School. 

General admission is free with a suggested donation. Check out Planet Word for more information and upcoming special exhibits.

Visit the Library of Congress

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest in the world. That’s right…in the world! It has millions of books, artifacts, photographs, maps, and other documented gems within its walls. 

The Main Reading Room is an impressive must-see as is The Great Hall. The library is where the United States Copyright office is located and it’s also an important location for the U.S. Congress to do research. 

The library hosts lectures, workshops, concerts, and other events throughout the year including movies on the lawn in the summertime. 

Check out the Library of Congress to see a list of upcoming events or to find ways to stay in touch and engage with this very important institution. 

Head to the Bloomaro Celebration and Stay for the Fireworks

Head to The Wharf on April 2nd to celebrate the Cherry Blossom blooms for a day and night of fun-filled activities. The family-friendly event will have live performances, plenty of art, entertainment, food, and drink. The night will end with a spectacular fireworks display—you won’t want to miss this fun-filled event!` 

Check out the calendar of events for Bloomaro and other happenings at The Wharf this spring.

Pack a Picnic and Spend an Afternoon at Georgetown Waterfront Park

Free Things to Do in Washington D.C.

Georgetown Waterfront Park is a 10-acre national park situated in historic Georgetown along the banks of the Potomac River. The park offers plenty of shady nooks to throw a blanket down and enjoy a spring picnic. 

Be sure to check out the park’s labyrinth at the west end of the park, and keep an eye out for all those spring blooms. 

Step Into the World of Bonsai at The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

Located on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum, The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum boasts a stunning open-air display of artfully crafted bonsai trees. 

The museum is the perfect place for a peaceful afternoon walk while taking in the horticultural art and makes for a very romantic date too! 

Take in the Majestic Washington Monuments at Night

Washington Monuments

There’s something magic about outdoor task lighting at night—the shadows they cast, the beautiful architectural details they illuminate. Illuminating special, beautiful objects with light turns an object into an artful experience. 

Visiting the Washington Monuments at night, while they’re all lit up is a whole different experience than seeing them during the day. It is an enchanting experience that will for sure become a core memory.

Walking under the moonlight while reflecting on the history of our nation makes a great date night too! 

Exploring D.C. in the Spring

If you love D.C. in the springtime and are interested in exploring the idea of living in our nation’s capital, check out our apartments available for lease. We have properties spanning across the district in the best neighborhoods in D.C. Whether you’re seeking a quaint community neighborhood or a bustling urban city living experience, we have an apartment with the perfect amenities in a great D.C. neighborhood for you. 

Check out our apartment buildings to find a location that’s the perfect fit for your lifestyle, like The Parkwest Apartments and Sedgwick Gardens for unbelievable locations right on Connecticut Avenue in NW DC. 

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