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More Free Things to Do in D.C.

Nancy Trejos

As I said in one of my recent postings, there are a lot of free things to do in D.C. A few of you out there sent in some more suggestions. I'd like to share them.

Barbara Dinsmore wrote me to suggest these free gardens:

Old Stone House on M Street in Georgetown, Tudor Place, 31st Street in Georgetown, one block from Dumbarton Oaks. Donation suggested.

Washington National Cathedral - lovely old rose gardens and many perennials, fish pond, blue garden, etc. Plus, a trip inside the Cathedral is a real treat with many chapels to visit, and it is air conditioned and quiet, with the exception of an occasional organ concert or recital or service.

McCrillis Garden, Greentree Road in Bethesda. Very old rhodos and azaleas, perennials, woodland paths, much identifying signage, many benches and very quiet and undiscovered.

The US Botanical Garden and its outdoor National Garden.

Another reader wrote:

Visit Cedar Hill, former home of Frederick Douglass, now run by the National Park Service. Get a history lesson, a beautiful view of the city, and get your exercise climbing the steps. It is located in Anacostia.

And one more idea: The Arlington County Fair, which runs Aug. 19 to Aug. 23. It’s not a huge fair but it features family-friendly fun, such as a petting zoo and ponies. There is also a big indoor area with fun and educational booth activities.

By Nancy Trejos  |  July 14, 2009; 12:11 PM ET
Categories:  Bargains , Nancy Trejos  
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