The safety of our visitors is very important to the management and staff of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Here are a few safety tips for your visit to our historical sites and monuments:

  • Pace Yourself
    • Be prepared for exercise. Visiting all or some of the monuments on the same day is quite a bit of walking. Obtain a map of the sites and plan appropriately.
  • Dress appropriately for the season
    • For the warmer months, wear light airy clothing and wide brim hats for protection from the sun. In colder months, you'll want to layer-up your clothing. Check the weather the day of your visit.
  • Fluid Intake
    • As you take in the history around you, don't forget to drink water or other re-hydrating liquids. You can dehydrate in any season.
  • Footwear
    • Should be comfortable with treaded soles to prevent slippage.
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
    • Some of the monument stones can be slippery when wet. Stay on the pathway as you go to each monument and step carefully.
  • Park Wildlife
    • Even though it's an urban area, we do have wildlife. They can be fun to observe, however, for your safety, DO NOT feed any wildlife in the park!
  • Awareness
    • Washington, D.C. is an active city. Stay aware of your surroundings, stick with your buddy or group, and designate a rendezvous point in case you get separated. Be sure to have cell phones available.
  • Lost Children
    • Report lost children to a Park Ranger and call the U.S. Park Police. If a lost child is found by Park Rangers, they will contact the U.S. Park Police.
  • Assistance
    • Contact the site Park Ranger for assistance. They can provide guidance for many situations on the Mall including emergencies.
  • Emergency
    • If an emergency arises, contact the U.S. Park Police at 202-610-7500 or call 911.

Last updated: June 23, 2016

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