Alexandria, VA is a quaint historic town in Northern Virginia with a wide variety of attractions and things to do. The following guide provides tips on activities for the whole family highlighting the top historic sites, restaurants, outdoor recreation ideas, special events and more.
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The three-story art center is one of the most popular attractions in Alexandria, VA. Visitors can watch artists at work and purchase unique gifts and decorative items from dozens of working studios and galleries. The Art League School offers a wide range of art classes for children and adults. Visitors enjoy special programs and exhibits at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. The Torpedo Factory is located along the docks of the Potomac River on the lively waterfront that also includes a marina, shops, public parks, restaurants and residences.
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A variety of tours of Alexandria are available including cruises on the Potomac River, horse-drawn carriage rides, ghost tours, and historic walking tours. Explore and learn about historic sites such as Gadsby's Tavern Museum, the Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee, Lee Fendall House, Christ Church and more.
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Dine at a Fine Restaurant
Alexandria, Virginia has a wide range of great restaurants from casual eateries to elegant fine dining establishments.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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The scenic bike trail starts at Roosevelt Island in Washington, DC and runs along the Potomac River to George Washington's Estate at Mount Vernon. The trail passes through Old Town Alexandria, Ronald Reagan National Airport, the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Sailing Marinas and Fort Hunt Park. The section that passes through Old Town Alexandria follows public roads with a lot of traffic (which does yield to bike riders) though it may not be suitable for young children.
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Alexandria hosts a lot of wonderful events throughout the year including parades, art and music festivals, holiday events and much more. See a calendar of the largest and most popular seasonal events.
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The 41.4-acre historic park, located on the west end of Old Town Alexandria, was used as a union fort from 1861-1865 to defend Washington, DC during the Civil War. Walk the grounds and you'll see cannons, underground bombproofs which sheltered 500 men, and reconstructed quarters of the high-ranking soldiers. There are a museum and park with interpretive programs and recreation facilities.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Enjoy Outdoor Recreation
The City of Alexandria has numerous parks and recreational facilities providing opportunities to enjoy hiking, picnicking, swimming, bicycling or boating.