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Visitors and Helpful Hints

Visitors and Helpful Hints

Visitor Information & Helpful Hints

Contact your Senator or Representative for U.S. Capitol or White House tickets well before leaving Florida.

Tours of the U.S. Capitol can be booked online or through your Representative or Senators’ office.  For more information on booking a U.S. Capitol tour for families or groups, click here. Gallery passes to watch the House and Senate in session can be obtained by visiting the offices of Florida Delegation Members.


White House tours must be requested through your Representative or Senators’ office.   You can book up to three months in advance and must complete security forms.  Because of security checks, tour requests are not accepted less than 21 days in advance.


For a list of House and Senate members, click here.


Make your hotel or motel room reservation before arriving in Washington

The high demand for accommodations makes last minute arrangements unwise. The center city area can be expensive; reasonably priced accommodations are usually available in the nearby Virginia or Maryland suburbs. It is convenient to have accommodations near a Metro (subway) station.


Public Transit is Safe, Convenient, Clean & Affordable 

Florida House recommends using public transit while touring:

Metro (D.C. Subway System): Metro can take you all over the city, the National Mall, and surrounding areas. Fares range from $1.35 to $4.50 and can be purchased at any Metro station. Visit wmata.com.

Buses: Fare is $1.35 or, with Metro transfer, 45¢.

Taxis: Fares are metered.  Many taxis accept credit cards.

Uber and Lyft are readily available in and around Washington.  Download their apps to access rides.

Tourmobiles: Authorized by the National Park Service, Tourmobiles travel to points of interest all over the city and allows unlimited boarding privileges the day of ticket purchase. Visit graylinedc.com.

Old Town Trolley: Trolley tours, which travel to points of interest all over the city, offer unlimited boarding privileges the day of ticket purchase. For tour and ticket info, call 202.832.9800 or visit historictours.com.

The Circulator Bus travels along six popular routes during the day, with hours extended during the summer. The cost is only $1. For more information, including routes and stops, visit dccirculator.com.

Parking: Parking is scarce near touring areas. Florida House suggests Union Station as a great central location for parking near the Capitol.


Don’t forget, we are happy to welcome you to Florida House Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm (closed on all Federal holidays).

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