THE INSIDE SCOOP ON EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VISITING THE Vietnam Veterans MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON, DC WITH KIDS.
The Vietnam Veterans 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 to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is an outdoor memorial. There is plenty of shade and benches nearby at the Three Servicemen Statue and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.
There is a public bathroom in Constitution Gardens, which is right next to the memorial. If you are looking at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, with Constitution Avenue behind you, the public bathroom is to your left on that same path.
There is also a restroom at the Lincoln Memorial. They are located in the lower lobby area in the southeast corner of the building. If you are looking at the memorial, with the Reflecting Pool behind you, use the ramp on the left side of the memorial.
There are plenty of shade and benches by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Constitution Gardens. This is a great place to rest and enjoy a picnic lunch during a hot summer day.
This memorial doesn’t have steps of any kind, so it’s very accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. You can borrow a wheelchair from the ranger station when it’s open (9:30am-10pm daily, except for Christmas) as long as there is one available. You will need to provide a form of ID until the wheelchair is returned.
There is handicapped parking on the south side of the Lincoln Memorial.
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 in Constitution Gardens, which is right next to the memorial. If you are looking at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, with Constitution Avenue behind you, the food kiosk is to your left on that same path just past the public restrooms.
If you are heading to the Lincoln Memorial or the Korean War Veterans Memorial, there is another food kiosk on that side of the Mall. If you are facing the Lincoln Memorial with the Reflecting Pool behind you, it’s on the left.
Photography is permitted at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
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How to Get to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
5 Henry Bacon Drive NW, Washington, D.C.
Nearest Intersection: Henry Bacon Drive & Constitution Ave. NW
The nearest Metro station is Foggy Bottom (0.8 miles away) or the Smithsonian on the Mall station (1.2 miles away). Both will require quite a walk, so Metro is not usually your best option for visiting this memorial unless you are already planning to stop by and see the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, or Korean War Memorial along the way. You will pass all of these while walking from the Smithsonian Metro station.
If riding the DC Circulator (all rides just $1), use the National Mall route and get off at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial stop. The stop is a short 2-minute walk from the wall.
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. The closest bike dock for Capital Bikeshare is located between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln 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.
Parking at the Vietnam Veterans 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 or along West Basin Drive, SW by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial/Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (0.5 miles). Parking is paid parking (you’ll need the ParkMobile App) and limited to 2 hours. Carefully read parking signs to avoid getting a ticket. You can sometimes find parking along the side streets, but it can be difficult to find spring through fall.
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.