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What’s Open in Alexandria, Virginia for Visitors

Page last updated March 22, 2021.

Alexandria is open for visitors, but the Commonwealth of Virginia has imposed some restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Our independent restaurants and boutiques, historic sites and attractions and hotels are taking the necessary precautions to welcome visitors as safely as possible during this challenging period. Here you’ll find the opening status of our top attractions and which ones are ready for you to visit right now.

The Alexandria Visitor Center at 221 King Street in Old Town is open 7 days a week. 

Plan Ahead, Be Prepared

We look forward to seeing you stroll down our cobblestone streets and relax at our waterfront, but ask that you plan ahead and do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19. While here, remember to practice physical distancing and to wear a mask, as face coverings are required in Virginia at all indoor public places for everyone age 5 and up, except while eating, drinking or exercising. Additionally, a mask is required when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained, even outdoors. It is important to always have a mask with you as sometimes walkways, sidewalks and trails can become crowded unexpectedly. To learn more and for answers to other commonly asked questions, read our FAQs.

Studies show that spending time unmasked indoors at businesses such as restaurants and gyms significantly increases your risk of contracting COVID-19, even when physical distancing is present. Getting food to-go, dining outside and taking part in virtual activities from home are much safer.

Current Opening Status and Restrictions

  • Hotels: Open and taking extra precautions for health and safety.
  • Restaurants: Open as late as midnight, but must maintain six feet of physical distance between parties. Bar seating remains closed. Masks required except while eating or drinking. See who's open in Alexandria for outdoor, indoor, and to-go here.
  • Shops: Open, but customers must maintain six feet of physical distance.
  • Attractions, Museums, and Performing Arts Venues: Some are closed and others are open with limited capacity. See below for details.
  • Parks and Trails: Open
  • Tours: Permitted, but with limited capacity
  • Farmers’ Markets: Open, but vendors and customers must maintain six feet of physical distance.
  • Social Gatherings: Permitted, but limited to 50% occupancy of the indoor event space or 10 participants, whichever is less. Gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted outdoors.
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Status of Attractions, Tours, and More

Here is a look the opening status of Alexandria’s top attractions and tours. Please check each site’s individual website to learn more and for detailed information before visiting. Masks are required to be worn indoors except when exercising or at a table eating, and may also be required at certain outdoor attractions as well. 


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  • King Street Trolley: Currently not operating. Consider alternate Old Town bus routes AT-2, AT-7, or AT-8.
  • WMATA Metrorail ("Metro"): Blue Line is not operating through May 23. King St-Old Town, Braddock Road, Huntington, Eisenhower Ave., and Van Dorn Street station are serviced by Yellow Line trains. Arlington Cemetery station closed through May 23.
  • DASH: Alexandria's bus system operating on a limited schedule
  • Amtrak: Operating on a reduced schedule


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