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Lafayette Square Tours

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Lafayette Square
Lafayette Square is a public park located directly across from the White House and flanked by famous edifices including the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Department of the Treasury, and Decatur House. The well-manicured park hosts an equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson, top White House views, and wide, brick walking paths.
 
The Basics
Originally part of the White House grounds, 7-acre (2.8-hectare) Lafayette Square has a storied past. It has been used as a graveyard, a racetrack, and a zoo, and is often the sight of political protests and demonstrations. Today it’s an ideal place for people-watching and for up-close views of the White House.

Because of its historical significance and central location, a variety of Washington DC tours include Lafayette Square, with guides shedding light on different aspects of the park’s history. Hop-on hop-off tours stop here as well.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lafayette Square is a lovely park for all visitors to DC, especially those seeking great views of the White House.
  • The park is free to enter.
  • Lafayette Square is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
 
How to Get There
Lafayette Square is located directly across from the White House at Pennsylvania Avenue and 16th Street NW. It is easily accessible from the National Mall and all of DC by bus, Metrorail, or foot. Driving is not recommended, as parking in the area is very restricted.

When to Get There
Lafayette Square is open year-round. The best times to visit DC are spring and fall, when temperatures are generally mild. Tourists descend on the nation’s capital in the summer and crowds can be overwhelming. Washington DC can experience extreme temperatures in the summer and winter; check the forecast and dress accordingly.
 
Off the Record
For an authentically Washington DC experience, find your way to Off the Record, a hidden bar in the basement of the Hay Adams Hotel just off of Lafayette Square. Known as a local watering hole for politicos, keep your eyes peeled for politicians, journalists, and everyone in between. The low-lit, subterranean cocktail bar feels swanky with red leather sofas, mahogany tables, and walls full of juicy Washington secrets.
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience Lafayette Square

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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight TourSuper Savers

Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour

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Explore the best of Washington, DC on this narrated, hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Visit more than 100 points of interest among DC’s top attractions—like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, to name just a few. Depending upon your interest, select a silver, gold, or platinum pass, then board at any of the stops and get to know the nation’s capital in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. A guided moonlight trolley tour to the same landmark locations, illuminated for the evening, is also included.
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DCHalf-day Tours

Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

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Get a panoramic look at Washington DC on this sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to the United States capital and its historical and cultural landmarks. Listen to live narration as you see dozens of attractions, such as Lincoln Memorial, the exterior of the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian buildings.
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and MemorialsBus Tours

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

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Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
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The Lincoln Assassination Walking TourHistorical Tour

The Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour

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Follow the story of Abraham Lincoln's assassination in April 1865 on this Washington DC walking tour. With a guide, make stops at St. John's Church, Lafayette Square Park, and Ford's Theatre, where the president was shot. Along the way, look at historical photos and listen to anecdotes of mystery and betrayal. Tour is limited to 25 people.
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Haunted Washington D.C. Ghost and Pub Walking TourHistorical Tour

Haunted Washington D.C. Ghost and Pub Walking Tour

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Combine a top-rated ghost tour with a pub crawl around the White House on this guided, 2.5-hour, Washington, DC adventure. This haunted walking tour covers approximately one mile, with stories of ghosts, presidents, prohibition, and pubs as the conversation of the day. Costumed guides lead the way through Lafayette Square, with time to enjoy a beverage at each of four haunted pub stops. A beverage purchase is not required, but it's not included in the ticket price.
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Washington DC Haunted Houses Walking TourGhost & Vampire Tours

Washington DC Haunted Houses Walking Tour

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Washington DC is one of America's most famously historic cities, but aside from the political happenings around town and the legendary memorials, there's a haunted side to Washington DC that too often goes untold. During this two hour Washington DC haunted house walking tour, join a local guide and actor for a journey around the nation's capital that explores the paranormal. Hear the tales of death and tragedy that circle Lafayette Square, and finish the tour in front of the White House with a spooky, scary, and haunted sense of the capital's turbulent past.
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Washington DC After Dark

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There's a certain magic to Washington DC that can only be experienced at night. It's a time when the powerful Lincoln Memorial is bathed in soft white light, and the Washington Monument, Capitol, and White House appear even more grandiose. Along with a knowledgeable local guide, take a tour of Washington DC well after the sun has gone down, and feel the buzz, magic, and pulse of America's capital by night.
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The President's Neighborhood (SMALL GROUP SENSORY EXPERIENCE)Half-day Tours

The President's Neighborhood (SMALL GROUP SENSORY EXPERIENCE)

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Historic America is our name, telling America's story is our game! ALL our guides are Professional History Nerds. Our tours are interactive and engaging, serving to both inform and inspire. We take a multi-sensory approach to story-telling by including our signature SENSORY SUPPLEMENTS in EVERY tour we offer. We keep our group sizes SMALL so its always an intimate tour experience. You can book from our full menu of daily ticketed options right here on TripAdvisor (A La Carte) OR you can access our website to arrange fully customized & curated tour (Concierge). We can't wait to share America's story with you!
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