The Nats are in the World Series! Here’s what to know if you’re coming to town.

For the first time in over eight decades, Washington, D.C. will play host to a World Series game and Arlington, Virginia is your ideal home if you plan on catching the action.

Weekend Schedule

The Nationals will host the Houston Astros in Games 3 and 4, as well as Game 5, if necessary, at Nationals Park beginning on Friday, October 25 with all game times set for 8 pm. If you're planning on coming into town for the weekend, be prepared as Arlington is also the Home of the Marine Corps Marathon which takes place on Sunday, October 27th.

Marine Corps Marathon Finish Line
Home of the Marine Corps Marathon

Allow for extra time to get to and from the game and be prepared for larger than usual crowds during this exciting weekend. If you're planning on driving into town, make sure to check out all the rolling road closures for the marathon and for how long.

Where to Stay

Located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. and just minutes from the region's major attractions, Arlington is the perfect place to stay while you're in town for the World Series. Most of Arlington's 45 hotels are within three miles of downtown D.C. and are connected to the city by bridge and metro.

Heritage Brewing Co.
Heritage Brewing Co.

With the Marine Corps Marathon in town, it’s likely hotels will be pretty full right here in Arlington, but keep checking, as availability might open up closer to race (and game) day. If you need to expand your search, it’s an easy ride to get from some of the hotels in our neighboring Visit Alexandria or Visit Fairfax to the game via Metro. And if you want to expand out a little further, you can experience two trips in one by checking out the countryside in Visit Loudoun and Visit Prince William.

How to Get to Nationals Park

Choosing one of Arlington hotels means that you and your fellow fans are an easy Metro ride to Nationals Park, which is located in Southeast Washington along the Anacostia River. Take the Green Line to the Navy Yard station or the Orange, Blue or Silver Line to the Capitol South station. The Navy Yard station is just a block away from Nationals Park, and the Capitol South station is a 15 minute walk to and from Nationals Park. Please allow plenty of time when traveling to and from the ballpark via Metro.

Visitor using Metro at Reagan National Airport
Photo Credit: Sam Kittner/Kittner.com

If a game of the series ends after Metro’s normal service hours, the transit agency will keep the system running for as long as an hour afterward to get fans home. Metro service normally ends at 11:30 p.m. weekdays, 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday. The special after-hours “flex” service, leaves the Navy Yard Metro station open while making all other stations exit-only.

If you're planning on travelling by Taxi, Uber or Lyft, be sure to check out the Nationals Park Taxi and Ride-Hailing Services page ahead of time so you know where to go to meet your ride.

What to Do

If this is your first time in Arlington, be sure to check out some of the iconic sights such as the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, capture the perfect pic of the Washington, D.C. skyline from the Marine Corps War Memorial or Air Force Memorial, take in the fall foliage on a hike on Theodore Roosevelt Island or have a picnic at Gravelly Point and watch the planes take off and land from up close.

Gravelly Point
Gravelly Point @Tatazis/Instagram

Can’t get tickets to the game? Don’t worry. We can’t either. BUT… don’t worry, there will be plenty of Arlington’s great sports bars with the game on the big screen like the Bracket Room Sports Lounge and Eatery, Bronson Bier Hall, Crystal City Sports Pub or The G.O.A.T. just to name a few. Be sure check out the full list on our Restaurant and Nightlife page.

*Pro tip: Wear red to cheer on the Nats.

Author: Scott Baker