Alexandria is Open for Business
Within eyesight of Washington, D.C., on the Potomac River waterfront, Alexandria, Virginia, invites overnight visitors and federal workers to enjoy a free Key to the City museum pass during the federal government shutdown. While many major D.C. attractions like the Smithsonian museums are closed, there is still plenty to explore in D.C. and Alexandria is open for business. Visitors are invited to explore Alexandria's neighborhoods including Old Town, the city’s nationally designated historic district, and enjoy a dozen historic sites and attractions, waterfront parks, daily events, and shop and dine at more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques lining bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America.
Minutes from D.C., Alexandria is easily accessible via the King St-Old Town Metrorail station on the yellow and blue lines. The Free King Street Trolley runs between the King St-Old Town Metrorail station and Potomac River waterfront with frequent stops for hopping on and off to enjoy all that Old Town has to offer.
Getting Your Free Key to the City Museum Pass
Overnight visitors and local federal workers can pick up their free Key to the City museum pass (a $44 value) by stopping by the Alexandria Visitor Center. Visitors should show their Alexandria hotel room key and federal workers should show their employee ID for one free pass. The Alexandria Visitor Center is located at 221 King Street and is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. For more information about the Visitor Center, call 703-838-5005. Visitors should check individual museum hours before visiting, as hours of operation vary depending on the season and the site with several closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Deals for Federal Workers
In addition to the offer of a free Key to the City museum pass, federal workers will find a number of Alexandria businesses extending special deals during the shutdown, from free menu offerings at local restaurants to free learn-to-knit classes at fibre space. Find the latest deals for federal workers here.