It’s hot in DC, so if you want a few cool things to do in the metro area that’s cheap, or free, you are in one of the best cities where you can have fun, stay cool, and avoid the heat.
There are plenty of exciting indoor and outdoor attractions to keep you busy and out of the heat so let’s get started.
Some of the best places to go in DC are the Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall; from the Air and Space to the Natural History Museum you’ll be able to tour, learn about fascinating artifacts, and stay out of the heat.
Other attractions that you can visit are U.S Capitol, Library of Congress, U.S Bureau of Engraving and Printing, National Archives, Washington National Cathedral, and National Shrine.
Since its so hot outside you’ll also be able to take kids 18 and under to the Newseum for FREE until September 3. If you want more free programs for your kids, then take them to Saturday Morning at the National Theatre for kid friendly things to do.
If you are a Humphrey Bogart fan, and want to get away from the evenings heat then take advantage of Summer Cinema 2012 where you can see a free Bogart movie every Monday at 6:30pm at the Helen Hayes Gallery. You can also check out free international films at the Freer|Sackler museum.
It might be warm and muggy outside, but if you want to see free outdoor movies this Summer after the sun sets you can go to Crystal Screen on Mondays, NoMa Summer Screen on Wednesdays, Rosslyn outdoor film festival on Fridays nights, and free movies on the Potomac Date Night Fridays and Family Night Sundays at the National Harbor.
Don’t forget about the Kennedy Centers Millennium Stage where every day at 6pm you can see performances and concerts.
There are also several trolleys, bus, and duck tours around the city that will keep you from walking around outside. You can always ride metro to get out of the heat and to and from many tourist attractions.
These are just a few things that you can do in Washington DC, when it’s hot outside.
Pass this information to family and friends living in or visiting the Nations Capitol this summer.