Free Things to Do

Visitors will find plenty of fun and free things to do in Alexandria, located just minutes from Washington, D.C. Give your wallet a rest as you relax with the sights and sounds of the waterfront or watch boats dock at the Marina while street performers entertain the crowds. Stroll historic King Street, a walkable mile with more than 200 independent shops and restaurants, or take the Free King Street Trolley and enjoy beautifully-preserved Old Town along the way. Families can observe artists at work at the Torpedo Factory Art Center or become inspired at the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum, both which are free. Regardless of if you're in Alexandria for a weekend or a week, you can make the most out of your trip with the no/low cost suggestions below.

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66 Free Things to Do in Alexandria Here’s our go-to guide for totally free things to do in Alexandria, including local favorites. Freebies! ›
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 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… 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 ›
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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Old Town Alexandria Weekend Itinerary Enjoy a relaxing weekend in Old Town Alexandria, named a Top 5 Small City by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Get Inspired ›