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It is every politico’s dream to be in the nation’s capital for the summer, whether that’s for an internship, a local conference, or just a visit. However, you want to be smart about how you are spending your time and money and get the most out of the city that you can.

To help you with that, we’ve compiled a list of 25 free things you can do in Washington, D.C. this summer that will entertain you, help you grow as a conservative, and keep you out of the hot summer sun. Whether you’re looking for free museums, free speeches by your favorite policy-makers or just a way to spend an afternoon, we’ve got some great options for you.

  1. See an outdoor movie at night

  2. Learn to be a great intern at the Capitol Hill Intern Summit

  3. Bask in the glory of George Washington at the National Portrait Gallery

  4. Get your exercise in by walking the National Mall

  5. Visit the Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Library

  6. Listen to a free concert at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage

  7. Check out the brand new African American History and Culture Museum.

  8. Fawn over the animals at the National Zoo

  9. Visit the Library of Congress and get your library card

  10. Get policy-oriented with a Heritage Foundation event

  11. Explore the United States Holocaust Museum

  12. Participate in A Capitol Fourth live on Independence Day.

  13. Explore Rock Creek Park

  14. Marvel at the trendsetting Renwick Gallery

  15. Visit the National Arboretum

  16. Watch a Shakespeare movie at Bard in the Park

  17. Cool off at Yards Park

  18. Listen to Luce Unplugged

  19. Window-shop in gorgeous Georgetown

  20. Have a picnic at the tidal basin 

  21. Take a DC by Foot Walking Tour

  22. Go above and beyond at the National Air and Space Museum

  23. Do something free at the Folger Shakespeare Library

  24. Get inspired with luncheons with the Conservative Women’s Network

  25. Take a prospective tour of one of the local university’s graduate programs

    Aryssa D
    FFL Cabinet Member