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THE INSIDE SCOOP ON EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VISITING THE Martin Luther King Jr. 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 Martin Luther King Jr. 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 or late at night when it’s much less crowded.

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

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is an outdoor memorial. Much of the memorial is open to the sun, but there is are benches available for sitting that are covered by trees and shaded. This memorial is right on the Tidal Basin, which also lends itself to beautiful views of the water.

There is a bathroom across the street form the entrance to the MLK Jr. Memorial. Across the street is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bookstore and the public bathroom is on the other side of that same building on West Basin Drive, SW.

There are benches along the walkways that are shaded by trees. With the memorial sitting right at the Tidal Basin’s edge, it’s a beautiful place to take a rest.

This memorial doesn’t have steps of any kind, so it’s very accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

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 closest food available is at a food kiosk between the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. If you are visiting during one of the busy months for tourism, you will often find food trucks without a couple of blocks. My kids love the experience of ordering from a food truck; they think it’s so fun! Find some shade and have a picnic!

Cameras are permitted at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

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

How to Get to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
1964 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.
Nearest Intersection: West Basin Drive SW & Independence Ave. SW

The nearest Metro station is the Smithsonian on the Mall station (0.9 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 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial / Franklin Delano Roosevelt 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 between the Korean War Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial as well as on Ohio Drive just past the FDR Memorial where West Basin Drive SW and Ohio Drive intersect. There is street parking available on Ohio Drive.

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 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial has the closest options for street parking of most other memorial. There is street parking available on West Basin Drive, SW right by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (0.3 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 to the nearest attraction or Circulator stop.

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

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