Free Things to Do

There are 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 enjoying performances from local buskers. 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. See art in person and in progress at the free Torpedo Factory Art Center or be inspired at the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum. Love history? Purchase a Key to the City museum pass for only $15 and get access to 9 historic sites plus 40% off admission to George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Whether you're in Alexandria for a weekend or a week, make the most out of your trip with these no or low-cost suggestions.

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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 thoroughfare features independent restaurants and boutiques, the perfect locale for strolling and people-watching. Learn more ›
Torpedo Factory Art Center Peruse this former munitions factory and peek in at the 82 artist studios, six galleries and Alexandria Archaeology Museum. 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 Every weekend, Alexandria communities head out and wander through stalls of high-quality produce and goods made and grown regionally. 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 the colorful Potomac River waterfront. Learn More ›
The Athenaeum Home to the Northern Virginia Fine Art Association, the Athenaeum is Alexandria's prime fine art gallery. Learn More ›
Free King Street Trolley Ride in style and explore King Street via the city's most convenient mode of transportation. Learn More ›
Self-Guided Walking Tour Move at your own pace on a self-guided walking tour, exploring George Washington's old haunts, Alexandria architecture and more. Learn More ›
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Old Town Alexandria Weekend Itinerary Enjoy a relaxing weekend in Old Town Alexandria, named a Top 3 Small City by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Get Inspired ›