There are countless things to do in the nation’s capital during the summer. Whether you’re into museums, food, history, sports, or art, DC has you covered.
- Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Tour
- Washington Monuments River Cruise
- Hamilton Exhibit at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Regular admission to a number of these popular Washington DC attractions are available on the Washington DC Explorer Pass.
Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 47% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
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Please note, the seasonal events taking place at these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included on the Washington DC Explorer Pass.
If you want a bigger list of seasonal events, then check out our suggested things to do in Washington DC in the summer.
Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour
This is the best way to see the monuments efficiently while also learning from the tour guide.
- US Capitol & Botanical Garden
- Air & Space Museum
- Jefferson Memorial
- White House
进入： Hop On Hop Off Big Bus DC Bus Tour tickets are available on the Washington DC Explorer Pass.
Get a remarkable view of the Potomac River and surrounding area on this 180-foot-tall observation wheel. The 15-minute ride even includes the option of enjoying delicious concessions from Wolfgang Puck!
Some of the sites visible from the Capital Wheel include the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, downtown Alexandria, the Potomac River, and various other locations.
Rent a Bike and Go for a Spin
On this three-hour bike rental, you can explore around the monuments or city at a faster pace than walking but a slower pace than a bus tour.
DC is known as one of the most scenic and relaxing places to ride a bike around. It’s also a very bike-friendly city, with many trails and parks to pedal through.
进入： Bike and Roll Washington DC Bike Rentals are available on the Washington DC Explorer Pass.
Washington Nationals Ballpark Tour & Game
Come see one of the loveliest baseball stadiums in the MLB — Washington Nationals Ballpark! The newer design includes better views, top bars and food stands, and plenty of fun to be had around the game, too.
Take a tour of the ballpark, or take in a game. This time of year the season is winding down, so you’ll get to see the Nats fighting for their postseason standings.
进入： Washington Nationals Ballpark Tour tickets are available on the Washington DC Explorer Pass. Game tickets are separately priced and are not included with the pass.
Washington Monuments Cruise
On this 90-minute cruise you will enjoy a unique view of many Washington, DC monuments.
Some of the sights you’ll enjoy include the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and many more.
Plus, it’s pretty hot in DC in August, so a cruise is a smart idea!
进入： Washington DC River Cruise tickets are available on the Washington DC Explorer Pass.
Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens
Experience the best of DC’s bygone eras with a visit to the estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of DC’s most acclaimed socialites and philanthropists in the twentieth century.
She had a passion for all things beautiful and unique, and you’ll see that passion on display with a stroll through this fascinating attraction. From the indoor spaces of the estate and museum to the gorgeous outdoor gardens, there’s a lot of beauty to appreciate here!
进入： Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens tickets are available on the Washington DC Explorer Pass.
Special Hamilton Exhibit at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
If you love Hamilton (and who doesn’t?), then you’ll want to pay a visit to George Washington’s Mount Vernon this summer to see “History has its eyes on you.”
They’ve put together this special exhibit of unique objects that link our first President with another one of our founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton.
进入： George Washington’s Mount Vernon tickets are available on the Washington DC Explorer Pass.
There you go – plenty of fun ideas for things to do in Washington DC in August.
Please note, the seasonal events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Washington DC Explorer Pass.
Consider adding a few of these fun options to your August vacation itinerary.