Alexandria, Virginia, located just minutes from Washington, D.C., is chock-full of free fun for all ages and interests. Here’s our go-to guide for more than 50 totally free things to do in Alexandria, including local favorites.
Waterfront fun is a summer mainstay in Alexandria, located on the Potomac River just minutes from Washington, D.C. From riverside dining to boat cruises, waterfront parks, festivals and more, you can spend an entire day (or more!) on Alexandria’s waterfront. Whether you want to set sail on a boat cruise, dine outside with waterfront views, take the dog along or get a workout on the water, Alexandria is filled with endless options for everyone from family fun to date night. Get your slice of summer with all the things to do on the waterfront in Alexandria:
2017 marks what would have been Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, and Alexandria’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pope-Leighey House is joining in on nationwide celebrations with some can’t-miss events happening throughout the summer. If you’re a Frank Lloyd Wright fan, an architecture fan, or are looking for something new and unique to do in the D.C. region, you don’t want to miss visiting Alexandria’s Pope-Leighey House, located just 10 miles from Old Town Alexandria. Keep reading for our top 5 reasons to visit this summer, with birthday-inspired programming happening all year long. Continue reading
The not-so-secret ingredient to a perfect weekend in Alexandria? Without a doubt, the answer is weekend brunch. Whether you’re sharing Mother’s Day brunch specials with family or catching up with friends, you can linger over a latte, sip mimosas and indulge in rich eggs Benedict or syrupy French toast patio-side for a laid-back, satisfying meal at our independent restaurants. Sound tempting? Here are our favorite brunch spots in Alexandria to help you achieve that brunch-inspired bliss:
Against the backdrop of a vibrant waterfront and historic streets, summer in Alexandria sizzles with boat cruises, fireworks, outdoor dining and more. Located on the Potomac River just minutes from Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Virginia has cold brews and summer treats, scenic parks, outdoor tours and new happenings in summer 2017. We’ve rounded up our top 10 reasons to visit Alexandria this summer: Continue reading
There’s no better way to usher in the warm weather than dining al fresco. Here in Alexandria, located just minutes from Washington, D.C. and with a vibrant culinary scene, we’re pretty much pros at dining outdoors. From waterfront seating to courtyard patios to street-side eats, options abound.
The Van Dorn neighborhood in Alexandria’s West End is filled with hidden gems, outdoor adventures and some of the best craft beer experiences and affordable ethnic restaurants in the D.C. region. The neighborhood, which has received buzz in 2017 with the opening of pre-Prohibition inspired Portner Brewhouse, is accessible via the Van Dorn Street Metro stop on the Blue Line, and is most easily navigated by bike or car. Keep reading for our top things to do in Alexandria’s Van Dorn neighborhood.
Visitors seeking uncommon tour experiences will find a wealth of options in Old Town Alexandria, a neighborhood steeped in history while humming with a cosmopolitan feel, located just outside of Washington, D.C. Joining a robust calendar of history, ghost, and boat tours are new niche tours including Fetching Photos, which presents walking photo tours for both smartphone and SLR users (and dogs are always welcome!); Nightly Spirits, featuring a “Frights and Pints” tour for beer fans who love a scare; Manumission Tour Company, which explores Alexandria’s rich African American history through curated heritage tours; and Discover Alexandria, presenting tours such as “Virginia is for Runners,” visiting iconic sites while on a brisk run, and “Sweet History,” combining history with the city’s best dessert spots. Keep reading to learn more about new niche tours in Alexandria.
Alexandria, Virginia just outside Washington, D.C., is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th– and 19th-century architecture, including many sites important to women’s history. To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up our top 10 ways to explore women’s history in Alexandria, from sites associated with abolitionist Harriet Jacobs to new waterfront restaurant Vola’s Dockside Grill named after Alexandria’s first female city manager and local Civil Rights leader Vola Lawson. You can also celebrate Women’s History Month by supporting women-owned businesses in Alexandria, including almost 90% of the shops in the Old Town Boutique District. Keep reading to learn more about the people and places in Alexandria who helped forge the way for women’s rights.