Fun Things to Do in Washington, D.C. on a Budget

February 22, 2016

Written by Adrienne Middlebrook from

Beyond the columned consulates and that grand old house at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, D.C. is home to so much more than just America’s political royalty. With over 15 universities in the D.C. area, there is no shortage of fun things to do on a student budget.

Cheer on the Caps

The Washington Capitals have been leading the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference this season thanks to superstars like Alexander Ovechkin. You can rock your red and cheer on the potential 2016 Stanley Cup champions for as low as $30. Check out their game against the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs on March 2 at the Verizon Center (it’s almost a guaranteed win for the Caps).

Visit a Museum

There are countless museums within the D.C. area, many of them free of charge, including all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo. Many museums offer free events and workshops throughout the year, including free live music. The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Chinatown will host local synth pop/rock band Color Palette on March 3 free of charge.

Take a Hike

Located just a half hour drive away from downtown D.C., Great Falls Park in Great Falls, Virginia offers the perfect escape from city life at only $5 a vehicle or $3 a person. Take in over 800 acres of diverse landscape along the banks of the Potomac River.

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