World War II Memorial in Washington, DC

National World War I Memorial, Washington DC — Photo by NPS [Public Domain]

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

There is a free, augmented reality app for iOS and Android available from the Doughboy Foundation. They suggest this app for 12+ as there are depictions of battle and wounded soldiers.

*I have been unsuccessful in downloading this app to my Android phone five different times. If you have the same issues, please let me know so I can remove this recommendation.*

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 World War I Memorial grounds are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. 

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

The World War I Memorial is an outdoor memorial. There isn’t much shade at the actual memorial, but there are a number of benches and some shaded benches along the 15th St, NW side of the memorial.  

 The closest bathroom is across Pennsylvania Avenue at the White House Visitor Center. You will need to go through security to enter, but isn’t usually too busy. Check the hours here.

There is another public bathroom at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion. You’ll pass it on your right as you head back towards the National Mall, walking along 15th Street, NW. It is in the big grassy around (called the Ellipse) behind the White House and Department of Treasury building. Open 7:30am-4pm daily.

There are curved metal benches lining two sides of the World War I Memorial. Some are shaded and some are not.

This memorial has steps, but also provides ramps and accessibility to all parts of the memorial. Enter using the northeast corner of 14th St, NW and Pennsylvania Ave.

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.

If you are headed back towards the National Mall, the closest food available is at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, located just west of 15th St, NW and E St, NW or continue walking down 15th toward the Mall and you’ll usually see food trucks on the street. My kids love the experience of ordering from a food truck; they think it’s so fun! Find a shaded bench on the street or carry your food across Constitution Ave and picnic under the trees on the Mall.

If you’re looking for more variety and are headed to the Metro, then you’re best bet may be the food court inside the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. (about 0.3 miles). It also have longer hours than any of the museum cafes.

Cameras are permitted at the WWI Memorial.

There is a free, augmented reality app for iOS and Android available from the Doughboy Foundation. They suggest this app for 12+ as there are depictions of battle and wounded soldiers.

*I have been unsuccessful in downloading this app to my Android phone five different times. If you have the same issues, please let me know so I can remove this recommendation.*

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World War II Memorial in Washington, DC

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National World War I Memorial
1493 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Nearest Intersection: 14th St, NW and Pennsylvania Ave, NW

The nearest Metro station is the Metro Center Station (0.3 miles) or Federal Triangle (0.4 miles). 

If riding the DC Circulator (all rides just $1), use the National Mall route and get off at the Washington Monument / National Museum of African American History and Culture stop which is Madison, Ave and 12th St, NW. You’ll then need to walk 0.4 miles on flat sidewalk to get to the memorial.

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 at 15th St, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, directly across the street from the World War I 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.

Street parking near the WWI Memorial will be near impossible during the busy summer months. You may get lucky and find a parking spot on Madison Drive or Jefferson Drive which line the National Mall, but you’re best bet is to park further out and walk or take public transportation.

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. There are a number of parking garages available near the WWI Memorial and White House.

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