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Free (or Almost Free) Things to Do in Alexandria

Alexandria offers its visitors numerous activities at little to no cost: Embark on a self-guided tour using your cell phone or the King Street Trolley or discover Alexandria's history at the Alexandria Visitors Center at Ramsay House. Even some of our top museums offer free admission: Stroll through the city's premiere art hub the Torpedo Factory Art Center or marvel at the ingenuity of mankind in the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum (currently undergoing renovation and will reopen in May 2014). Whatever your price range, whatever your preference, Alexandria has you covered.

 

 

King Street Stroll

King Street Stroll

Old Town Alexandria's main drag, lined with red brick and dotted with independently owned restaurants and boutiques, is the perfect locale for strolling, as you window shop and feel the humming excitement fueling our city... Learn more

A Creative Retreat

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Peruse the halls of this former munitions factory and peek in at any number of the 82 artist studios, six galleries and Alexandria Archaeology Museum... Learn more

Outdoor

Mount Vernon Bike Trail

Bring a bike and a picnic basket, and coast along the scenic Potomac waterfront for an afternoon outdoors.... Learn more

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Each Saturday and Sunday of the month, Alexandria communities take to the outdoors and peruse stalls of high quality produce and goods made and grown locally... Learn more

National Inventors Museum

National Inventors Museum

Discover how innovation and ingenuity are born, through exhibits and displays highlighting the beginnings of your favorite everyday tools ... Learn more

Arts Powerhouse

Historic Seaport

Amble alongside the docks just at the base of King Street and treat your ears and eyes to colorful street performers and vendors along the Potomac waterfront or pause at a bench and watch the sunset atop idle boats... Learn more

First Thursday

First and Second Thursdays

Experience Alexandria’s bursting creative scene with Del Ray’s popular outdoor gathering First Thursday or the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s art night, Second Thursday, both filled with art activities, live entertainment and family fun... Learn More

Anthenaeum

The Anthenaeum

Home to the Northern Virginia Fine Art Association, the Athenaeum is Alexandria's prime fine art gallery, filled with high quality work by regional artists... Learn more

Free King Street Trolley

Free King Street Trolley

Ride in style and explore King Street via the city's most convenient mode of transportation, stopping every two blocks from the King St-Old Town Metrorail station to the waterfront... Learn more

King Street Stroll 2

Self-Guided Walking Tour

Move at your own pace and embark on a self-guided walking tour, exploring George Washington's old haunts, Alexandria architecture, King Street, African American sites and everything in between... Learn more

 

Priority Listings

Torpedo Factory Art Center

  • 105 N. Union Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

FREE! Constructed in 1918 for the manufacturing of torpedoes, the Torpedo Factory now features 82 working artists' studios, six galleries, the Art League School, Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and a…Learn More

Listings

Alexandria Archaeology

  • 105 N. Union Street, Torpedo Factory Art Center
  • Third Floor, #327
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Step right into the museum's laboratory where archaeologists reconstruct Alexandria's history, fragment by fragment. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m.…Learn More

Alexandria Black History Museum

  • 902 Wythe Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Originally the segregated library for Alexandria's African American residents, the museum documents the local and national history, culture and contributions of Black America. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4…Learn More

Alexandria Visitors Center at Ramsay House

  • 221 King Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

FREE! Named for William Ramsay, Scottish merchant and city founder. Stop by for sightseeing brochures, maps, etc. Gift shop. Save 50% when you purchase a Key to the City with admission to nine…Learn More

Athenaeum

  • 201 Prince Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

FREE! A Greek Revival building built in 1851, it was home to the Bank of the Old Dominion, where Robert E. Lee did his banking. Today it is an art gallery and home of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts…Learn More

Carlyle House

  • 121 N. Fairfax Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder John Carlyle. Here, five royal governors and General Braddock met to discuss funding of the French and Indian War. Daily…Learn More

Christ Church

  • 118 N. Washington Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

FREE! This beautiful English country-style church was built between 1767-1773 and was attended by George Washington & Robert E. Lee. Tours available Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 2-4 p.m., with Sun.…Learn More

Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site

  • 4301 W. Braddock Road
  • Alexandria, VA 22304

The museum, patterned after a Union headquarters building, houses a fine Civil War collection and exhibits. The Fort's Northwest Bastion has been completely restored. Museum open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5…Learn More

Freedom House

  • 1315 Duke Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

FREE! Donations accepted. Once headquarters for the slave-trade operation of Franklin, Armfield & Co., this historic building now houses the Northern Virginia Urban League's newly opened museum.…Learn More

Friendship Firehouse

  • 107 S. Alfred Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Established in 1774, the Friendship Fire Company was the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The current firehouse was built in 1855 and now houses historic firefighting equipment and…Learn More

Gadsby's Tavern Museum

  • 134 N. Royal Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Consists of two buildings, the 1785 Georgian tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The tavern has been authentically restored to its 18th-century appearance. Notable guests included George Washington and…Learn More

Ivy Hill Cemetery Historical Preservation Society

  • 2823 King Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22301

FREE! Ivy Hill is one of Alexandria's largest and most historic cemeteries, with a wealth of protected flora and fauna. Educational and cultural programs as well as lectures and tours available.…Learn More

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

  • 614 Oronoco Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314-2308

From 1785-1903, the house served as the home to 37 members of the Lee family. John L. Lewis, a powerful and controversial labor leader, lived in the house from 1937-1969. Guided by its 1852 inventory,…Learn More

Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum

  • 201 S. Washington Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

The 1839 Greek Revival building serves as the City's history museum. An ongoing exhibition tells the story of Alexandria, once one of the busiest ports in America. Archaeological finds, old…Learn More

National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum

  • 600 Dulany Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

FREE! Visit the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum located in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and marvel at the ingenuity of mankind! To honor the Inductees, their names are…Learn More

Old Presbyterian Meeting House

  • 323 S. Fairfax Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

FREE! The church's history reaches back more than two hundred years. It begins with the movement of Scottish and Ulster-Scottish settlers to the Alexandria area in the eighteenth century. Soon…Learn More

Soldiers Cemetery / Alexandria National Cemetery

  • Wilkes & Payne sts.
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

FREE! First known as Soldiers' Cemetery, this sacred military burial ground was designated by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862. The first burials were soldiers who died in and around Alexandria. By…Learn More

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

  • 105-107 S. Fairfax Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Opened in 1792 by young Quaker pharmacist Edward Stabler, the family business operated for 141 years. Over 8,000 early medical care items are still in place. Patrons included George & Martha…Learn More


 

 

Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3301 or 800-388-9119
ask@visitalexva.com
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