While many major Washington, D.C. attractions are closed there is still plenty to explore just short distance away from our nation's capital. Located just 30 miles outside of DC along both I-66 and I-95 Prince William, VA offers a wide variety of free and inexpensive activities for both Federal workers and visitors to enjoy. Wander amidst our historic small towns including Haymarket, Dumfries and waterfront Occoquan where you'll find an eclectic mix of shopping and dining options. Visit our historic sites and world-class museums to experience our nation's Civil War and military history. Hike our scenic national, state and local parks or peruse our list of daily events.


Deals for Federal Workers

Federal workers will find a number of Prince William, VA businesses extending special deals during the shutdown:

Flyer detailing Marine Museum Federal Employees Discount during Government Shutdown

National Museum of the Marine Corps - The National Museum of the Marine Corps is OPEN during the government shutdown with FREE admission and parking. Furloughed employees can now save on the Medal of Honor Theater signature giant-screen film "We, The Marines," on concessions at Devil Dog Diner and Tun Tavern and in the Museum Store with valid ID. Spend some time exploring American history as seen through the eyes of the Marines. 


Rockwood Federal Employees Discount during Government Shutdown

Rockwood Sports Bar - Government employees affected by the shutdown can come by Rockwood for lunch or dinner! Bring your Government I.D. to receive 25% off your food!


Hylton Government Shutdown Discounts for Federal Employees

Hylton Performing Arts Center - is offering the following discounted tickets to federal workers affected by the shutdown. Simply present your Federal Government employment I.D. at the ticket office and get up to 2 discounted tickets ($5 each) to the following performances. The Hylton Center is also conducting a SERVE food drive to support government shutdown food assistance needs and is collecting donations in the Hylton Center lobby during regular business hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or during scheduled performances.


Exterior of Chinn Aquatics & Fitness Center building

Chinn Aquatics & Fitness Center and the Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center are offering FREE admission to furloughed federal employees on Thursday, 1/24 and Friday, 1/25 from noon until 4 pm.


A historic white building with trees behind it

Historic Dumfries Virginia will offer free special tours of the Weems-Botts Museum to furloughed families during the partial government shutdown. Interested parties can contact them directly at (703-221-2218 or info@historicdumfriesva.org) to schedule a tour. Visitors must present a valid federal ID to redeem this offer. The special tours will emphasize past political conflicts appropriate to the historic house and local/regional history.


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Free Things to Do (for All) in Prince William, VA


National Museum of the Marine Corps

This state-of-the-art facility honors, preserves and narrates America's story through the eyes of U.S. Marines. Its magnificent...

Manassas National Battlefield Park

This 5,000 acre park--site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas (or Battles of Bull Run)-- is complemented by an artifact-...

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park

Two important Civil War Battles were fought on this "hallowed ground." The Battle of Kettle Run was fought on August 27, 1862, and the...

Quantico National Cemetery

Comprised of more than 700 acres, visitors can walk more than 150 rolling, wooded acres of this National Cemetery containing the burial...

Mill House Museum

This museum, which was once used as a miller's office, is all that remains of the nation's first automated grist mill. The intriguing...