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Free Things to Do in Fredericksburg

gates of Chatham ManorFredericksburg has endless possibilities for fun, and some of the most enjoyable activities in the city do not cost any money. If you are on a budget or just looking for affordable options, here are some free things to do in Fredericksburg:

  1. Fredericksburg is home to some gorgeous, free hiking trails. Walk along Motts Run Reservoir, Old Mill Park, or the Rappahannock River Heritage Trail, where you can hopefully find the Indian Punch Bowl. 
  2. Riverfront Park, which opened last year, is a beautiful spot to spend a spring or summer day. Riverfront has a unique and fun playground, a grassy area (soon to be home to outdoor concerts), interactive fountains, and a dock to overlook the Rappahannock River. 
  3. When Chatham Bridge re-opened in 2021, people quickly discovered just how gorgeous the views are from its walking path. Take a walk on Chatham Bridge, enjoy the view of the Rappahannock, and perhaps snap a few pictures with your friends. 
  4. The Fredericksburg Area is home to four Civil War Battlefields, one of which is located downtown. Access to the Fredericksburg Battlefields are free, and are the perfect way to immerse yourself in the history of this city and region. 
  5. Virginia’s oldest distillery, A. Smith Bowman, is located in Fredericksburg. While a tasting will cost extra, a tour of this magnificent facility is free, and certainly worth your time. 
  6. Throughout downtown Fredericksburg are a number of immaculate otter sculptures. Grab a map from the Fredericksburg Visitor Center at 706 Caroline Street, and search for these sculptures with the Otter-ly Amazing Scavenger Hunt
  7. One of the most beautiful spots in Fredericksburg is City Dock. In addition to being directly across the river from George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm, City Dock is perhaps your best opportunity to get a picture of Gary the Goose, a legend in this city. 
  8. Every weekend this summer from 5pm-8:30pm, the Around the Town Trolley will be free to the public. With multiple stops downtown, the Trolley is perfect for experiencing the city. You can also take a free ride on the Trolley during First Fridays in Fredericksburg.
  9. Chatham Manor, a richly historic home from 1771, is free to the public. Learn of the family, and enslaved persons, who called Chatham Manor home.  

Whether you are able to splurge or hoping to save, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Fredericksburg. Learn more about these activities and experiences on Facebook.