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THE INSIDE SCOOP ON EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VISITING ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY WITH KIDS.

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Arlington National Cemetery offers the ANC Explorer app with information on and directions to different points of interest, events, and gravesites, as well as self-guided tours and the ability to search burial records.

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For the latest, up-to-the-minute information about closures and events, you’ll want to visit the ANC’s website.

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Arlington National Cemetery is open daily from 8am-5pm.

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Tickets are not required to enter the cemetery, but there is a 100% ID check policy now in place. Anyone 16 years or older will need ID to enter Arlington National Cemetery.

Tickets for the tour tram are sold in the Welcome Center. Tram tours leave on the hour, every hour, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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Most of your visit to Arlington National Cemetery will be outdoors and without air conditioning. It is shaded though, so you can find a reprieve from the sun. 

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There are bathrooms available in the Welcome Center and at the Arlington House.

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There are benches available throughout the cemetery for resting.

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Arlington National Cemetery does not provide wheelchairs or strollers, but you are permitted to bring your own. It is very wheelchair/stroller friendly and there is accessible parking spaces available. See full details on the accommodates available for visitors with disabilities here.

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Approved service animals and working military dogs are the only animals allowed in the cemetery.

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No food or alcoholic beverages are allowed inside the Welcome Center or on the Arlington National Cemetery grounds. Water is permitted and water is sold inside the Welcome Center.

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Photography is permitted in the ANC.

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Arlington National Cemetery offers the ANC Explorer app with information on and directions to different points of interest, events, and gravesites, as well as self-guided tours and the ability to search burial records.

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How to Get to Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA 22211
Directly across the Memorial Bridge from the Lincoln Memorial.

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The nearest Metro station is the Arlington Cemetery Station on the Blue Line. It’s only a short walk to the ANC Welcome Center.

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The DC Circulator does not stop at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Bicycles are not permitted at Arlington National Cemetery without a family pass. Capital Bikeshare shows that a dock on Route 110 North, near ANC is pending for 2021, but no estimated date is posted.

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Dockless scooters are all around, but companies are supposed to use geo-fencing to prevent users from scootering on federal lands and Arlington National Cemetery, but you should be able to use it to cross Memorial Bridge if you’d like (I haven’t done this yet though.).

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.

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There is paid parking available at Arlington National Cemetery for $2/hour. Driving here can be a bit tricky if you aren’t familiar with the roads and interchanges, so I highly recommend studying the driving directions provided by the Arlington National Cemetery before you start out. 

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