Enjoy summer weather in the D.C. area on a budget with these family-friendly, free activities.

Explore Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park is 4.5 square miles of potential adventure. Take a hike, set up a picnic, or stare at the stars in the Nature Center’s Planetarium. Their Seasonal Night Sky program starts at 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and the Exploring the Universe program opens at 4 p.m.

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Instagram at the National Arboretum

The National Arboretum is a free, open site that’s 412 acres wide. Because it’s not frequented by tourists, people often host picnics on the open lawn, walk their dogs through the dog park and capture the perfect Instagram aesthetic at The Capitol Columns. Fun fact: those columns actually helped support the original Capitol building!

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Splash around at Yards Park

The Dancing Fountains and Water Wall are what every child’s dreams are made of. At the park, take a dip in the water or burst into a full fledged splash party. After a relaxing afternoon by the water, move over to the riverside to enjoy a free concert.

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Yards Park concert

Yards Park’s free concert series is back for its seventh summer. Every Friday night, you can visit to enjoy a new band, along food and drinks.

Walk to the Capitol from the Library of Congress

Take an underground tour as you’re walking through DC. If you visit the U.S Capitol Building, you can take the pedestrian tunnel straight to the library.