Free (or Almost Free) Things to do in Alexandria
Alexandria has many attractions and points of interest that are totally FREE or not far from it! From historic sites to walking tours, seasonal events and parades, you can fill your day with fun while exploring all that Alexandria has to offer and stay on budget. Whether you are visiting with your family or just here for a day on business travel, be sure to check out some of the wonderful places listed below at no -or little to no- charge!
FREE! Self-Guided Walking Tours of Alexandria:
Put on some comfortable shoes and explore Alexandria. Try the King Street Tour for an all day experience (in just one mile!) or choose another tour for a shorter excursion. The FREE King Street Trolley is also available to hop on and off of while you tour the town.
Alexandria Architecture (Approximately 40 minutes)
George Washington (Approximately 30 minutes)
Historical Overview (Approximately 75 minutes)
Ask Alex - Cell Phone Tour
(Please note that while there is no charge for this tour, regular minute usage may be charged by your cellular phone service provider).
Explore Civil War Alexandria Free iPhone App
On May 24, 1861, federal troops from Washington, D.C., took over Alexandria, a Union officer and Alexandria civilian were killed at the Marshall House on King Street, and hundreds of local men loyal to the South met at Prince and Washington streets to march off and fight with the Confederacy. For the next four years, Alexandria would remain occupied by Union troops, the longest occupation of the Civil War. Now "Civil War Alexandria," a new, free iPhone app from the Office of Historic Alexandria, allows users to explore Alexandria's Civil War history as they tour the city - either in person or virtually - through historic images, a stop guide, GPS map and more!
Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events for free happenings in Alexandria and don't forget: use the FREE King Street Trolley to get around!