How to Visit the Jefferson Memorial with Kids

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THE INSIDE SCOOP ON EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VISITING THE JEFFERSON MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON, DC WITH KIDS.

The Junior Ranger Program has a National Malls and Memorial Parks book.

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

The Jefferson Memorial is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.

No tickets are required for any part of the Jefferson Memorial.

The Jefferson Memorial is an outdoor memorial with some benches and steps to sit and rest. There are benches both inside the chamber and outside as you walk up to the memorial along the Tidal Basin, which means beautiful views of the water.

The public bathrooms are on the ground floor along with the elevator, gift shop, and exhibits. They can be reached via an outside door on the side of the memorial or from inside the chamber. 

There are benches throughout the memorial and on the walkways along the Tidal Basin that are well shaded by trees. The Jefferson Memorial sits right on the Tidal Basin’s edge and is a beautiful place to take a rest and cool off.

This memorial has an elevator for strollers and wheelchairs as there are quite a few steps to enter. You can access the elevator (as well as exhibits, gift store, and bathroom) through a door on the west side of the building.

Although National Parks are pet-friendly and your dog is welcome at the National Mall, they are NOT permitted in most of the memorials. If you bring your pet, the National Park Service has asked the dogs to stay on a leash, and please always clean up after them.

The Jefferson Memorial is a bit further out, so the closest food available is back on the National Mall. It’s a beautiful walk back along the Tidal Basin and if you’re visiting during one of the busy months for tourism, you’ll find food trucks within a couple of blocks. 

Cameras are permitted at the Jefferson Memorial.

The Junior Ranger Program has a National Malls and Memorial Parks book.

How to Get to the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC

Jefferson Memorial
16 East Basin Drive, SW  Washington, DC 20242

The nearest Metro station is the Smithsonian on the Mall station (1.0 miles) and is about a 15-minute walk.

If riding the DC Circulator (all rides just $1), use the National Mall route and get off at the Thomas Jefferson 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 is a bike dock for Capital Bikeshare East Basin Drive SW, across the street from the Jefferson 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.

The Jefferson Memorial has the closest options for street parking of most other memorials, but since it’s further out and harder to reach than many others on the National Mall, we suggest you see what other attractions you’d like to hit nearby.

There is street parking available on West Basin Drive, SW right by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (0.7 miles). 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, if you want to park all day without worrying about 2 hour limits, you can park along Ohio Drive, SW, near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial/Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, or at the Tidal Basin parking lot (1500 Maine Avenue SW), or in Lots A, B & C south of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and then walk (o.4 miles, 8 minutes).

If you want to know you have a guaranteed parking spot waiting for you, we recommend you use SpotHero and choose a garage close by.

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