Free Things to Do

Families and visitors on a budget will find plenty of no-fuss, low-cost and free things to do in Alexandria, Virginia:

  • Use your phone for a self-guided tour around the city -- dial 703.229.8632 and use a map to key in numbered locations for a narrated tour of city sites
  • The free King Street trolley takes riders on a tour of the bustling shopping district and sites along the way
  • Sample local flavors at the Old Town Farmers Market on Saturdays
  • Relax on a park bench by the waterfront to take in the sights and sounds of the river or watch boats dock at the Marina while street performers entertain the crowds
  • Follow the Mount Vernon Trail by bike or foot for picturesque views all the way to George Washington’s famed estate
  • Observe artists at work at the Torpedo Factory Art Center or innovation at the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum, both free
  • Take in the Del Ray neighborhood's festive, family-friendly First Thursdays celebrations, spring and summer evenings along Mt. Vernon Avenue.


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… Learn more ›
Torpedo Factory Arts 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… Learn More ›
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 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… Learn More ›
National Inventors Hall of Fame Discover how innovation and ingenuity are born, through exhibits and displays highlighting the beginnings of your favorite everyday tools... Learn more ›
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… Learn More ›
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,… View events ›
The Athenaeum Home to the Northern Virginia Fine Art Association, the Athenaeum is Alexandria's prime fine art gallery, filled with high quality work by regional… Learn More ›
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… Learn More ›
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,… Learn More ›
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