THE INSIDE SCOOP ON EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VISITING THE World War II MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON, DC WITH KIDS.
The WWII 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.
The World War II Memorial is an outdoor memorial. There isn’t much shade at the actual memorial, but there are some trees that offer shade on either side of the memorial.
There are benches by the Rainbow Pool (at the center of the memorial) as well as on either side of the World War II Memorial where you can find some shade under the trees. *The National Park Service does NOT allow wading or walking in the Rainbow Pool, but you can put your feet in to cool off.
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 by the Lincoln Memorial (if you are facing the Lincoln Memorial, it’s on the left), but if it is summertime, 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! The shade trees next to the World War II Memorial are a great place for a picnic.
Cameras are permitted at the WWII Memorial.
How to Get to the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC
National World War II Memorial
1750 Independence Ave. SW Washington, DC 20024
Nearest Intersection: 17th St. & Independence Ave. SW
The nearest Metro station is Smithsonian on the Mall. You will walk about 13 minutes (0.7 miles) to get to the memorial and pass the Washington Monument along the way. Once you exit the station, just start walking towards the Lincoln Memorial…you can’t miss it! Another option is the Federal Triangle station which is 0.8 miles and about a 17-minute walk.
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 WWII Memorial is very limited to a few spots for handicapped parking only. You can park along Constitution Avenue, NW when it isn’t rush hour. Parking is 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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