Free Things to do in the D.C. Area

Posted on Friday, Feb 16, 2018

The more effort you put into an internship and networking the higher the chance you will succeed. This is a no brainer, but as I asked co-workers for advice there was a usual format. First, they would give me their personal piece then they would end it with “you are young and can work for the rest of your life, go out and have some fun in this area.”
 
This I found was a good reminder, since I typically bury myself in work. Unfortunately, not all the internships are paid, so it is imperative to find fun things that are budget friendly. Luckily, this city is filled with many exciting things to do that are free.
 
The Smithsonian’s Natural History and National Air & Space museums are fun places for people who enjoy fossils, minerals, osteology, physics, and spaceships. The exhibits are interactive and in the Natural History Museum they even let you touch their Madagascar hissing cockroach. It may not be for the squeamish, but it’s good to get out of your comfort zone!
 
People who love animals should visit the National Zoo, which is both bicycle and runner friendly. They have a mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits, so it is fun no matter what the weather is like at that moment.  From ginormous elephants to pandas to pangolins, the zoo has them all.
 
Additionally, a walking tour of the monuments is also a budget friendly must. It’s both a sobering and rewarding experience that highlights American history and those who sacrificed themselves for their country. Even better, during the spring you can also tour the cherry blossom trees while soaking up the history.
 
It doesn’t matter if you’re an intern or looking for a family friendly vacation, D.C. is a great place to explore and have fun without breaking the piggy bank.
 
Do you have any more recommendations?

Brooke Berner
SCL Group
Washington, D.C. | spring 2018