Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC
The inside scoop on everything you need to know about visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC with kids.
Planning Your Trip to the Lincoln Memorial in DC
The Lincoln Memorial is an outdoor memorial and there is no air conditioning in the statue chamber. It is shaded though, so you do find a reprieve from the sun. Beneath the statue chamber is an indoor exhibit area showcasing the memorial construction, water fountains, bathrooms, and an elevator to the statue.
There are bathrooms available in the lower lobby area in the southeast corner of the building, follow the ramp on the left side of the memorial.
There are benches by the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial, but many people also find the actual steps of the Lincoln Memorial a fun place to sit and rest a bit while enjoying the awesome elevated view of the National Mall. If it is a hot day, be aware that there is no shade on the steps.
If you are standing with the Reflecting Pool behind you, and the Lincoln Memorial in front of you, you will find a ramp for wheelchairs and strollers to the left. This ramp will lead you up to the lower lobby area in the southeast part of the building, where you'll take an elevator the statue chamber.
The Lincoln Memorial is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. It never closes and can be a neat place to visit in the early morning hours when it's much less crowded.
Although there is not a cafe or food options in the Lincoln Memorial, there is a food kiosk between the Lincoln and Korean War Memorial that sells standard American fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, and salad.
Tickets are not required to enter the Lincoln Memorial.
We have a FREE Lincoln Memorial Photo Scavenger Hunt for Kids. Although this is perfect for the young, it's also pretty great for the young at heart...who doesn't love a scavenger hunt?! If you'd like to know all the stories behind the photos you'll be find, you can purchase our full Lincoln Memorial Activity Guide.
How to Get to the Lincoln Memorial
2 Lincoln Memorial Circle, NW, Washington, D.C.
Nearest Intersection: Independence Ave. SW & Daniel Chester French Dr. SW
The nearest Metro station is Foggy Bottom (0.7 miles away) or the Smithsonian on the Mall station (1.2 miles away). Both will require quite a walk, so Metro is not usually your best option for visiting the memorial unless you are already planning to stop by and see the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, or Korean War Memorial along the way. You will pass all of these while walking from the Smithsonian Metro station.
If riding the DC Circulator (all rides just $1), use the National Mall route and get off at the Lincoln Memorial/Korean War Memorial stop.
There is bicycle parking near each of the major memorials, but the National Park Service asks that you walk your bikes through the memorials for everyone's safety and to show respect. There are two bike docks for Capital Bikeshare on either side of the Lincoln Memorial.
Dockless scooters are all around, click here to read a helpful article on how to use the scooters. *Please be aware, that according to the scooter companies, you must be 18 years old to use a scooter.
Parking at the Lincoln Memorial is very limited. You can park along Constitution Avenue, NW when it isn't rush hour or along West Basin Drive, SW by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial/Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.. These street parking options are for paid parking (you'll need the ParkMobile App) and limited to 2 hours. Carefully read parking signs to avoid getting a ticket. Alternatively, you can park along Ohio Drive, SW which runs along the Potomac River from just south of the Lincoln Memorial to just north of the Jefferson Memorial.
If you want to know you have a guaranteed parking spot waiting for you, we recommend you use SpotHero and choose a garage closeby. The closet public parking garage will be at the Kennedy Center, about a 1/2 mile walk away.
Cool Stories about the Lincoln Memorial
We wanted to celebrate President’s Day with a FREE Photo Scavenger Hunt for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. It’ll lead you to find six things within the memorial including controversies and typos! Here are a few things you’ll find with our Lincoln Memorial Photo Scavenger Hunt… Lincoln’s statueControversy over Lincoln’s handsA typo in the…Read More
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“Whoa, did you feel that?! You just traveled back to the year 1939!” As my kids and I ducked under some trees to find relief from the hot sun, we stood next to the Reflecting Pool and looked up at the Lincoln Memorial. I wanted to grab their attention and take them back to 1939,…Read More
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