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.
Fans of PBS’ Mercy Street, based on real events of Civil War Alexandria, Virginia, can explore the real history behind the show by visiting Alexandria, located just outside of Washington, D.C. The city is presenting 50 Mercy Street-inspired tours, exhibits and events.
Throughout season 2 of PBS’ Mercy Street, much of the drama unfolds on Green family properties, including their home, known as “the Mansion House,” their hotel, which was expropriated by Federal troops for use as a hospital during the Civil War, and their furniture factory. These sites and stories portrayed on Mercy Street were inspired by the real Green family of Alexandria, who lived at Carlyle House and really operated a hotel and furniture factory in the city. In this post, we’ll explore more about the real Green family and their properties that inspired the series, including opportunities to explore these real sites in Alexandria, Virginia.
Alexandria’s holiday season is in full swing, and there’s plenty of exciting family-fun to be had by all. To help find the best things to do with kids during the holidays, we asked local parents about their favorite family holiday traditions in this historic city. Don’t have kids? Don’t worry, there’s no age requirement for these fun activities—grab a few friends and find your inner child.
‘Tis the season to catch up with friends and family you haven’t seen in a while. Whether you have family in town visiting, or just want to catch up with your neighbor, we’ve got you covered with ten places to meet for meals in Alexandria this holiday season. Forget about grocery shopping and celebrate in style at one of these extraordinary restaurants. Looking for restaurants that are open on major holidays? We’ve got you covered, too. Just check out our listings to see what’s open.
Alexandria is known as a sweet destination,and when the summer sun is shining, you can cool off with a sweet treat from boozy gelato to fresh fruit pops and everything in between. We’ve rounded up our favorite spots for ice cream and other cold treats in the Port City, with enough options to keep you cool all summer long.
Alexandria’s vibrant row houses, picturesque cobblestone streets and stunning waterfront views make our historic city the perfect place to take impressive Instagram images. We’ve rounded up our top 10 places to Instagram in Alexandria with some of our favorite examples from local Instagrammers to help you scout out the best photo ops. Follow @VisitAlexVA to check out more images and be sure to tag #ExtraordinaryALX for a chance to be featured on Visit Alexandria’s social media.
Alexandria, Virginia is known as the city that’s “minutes from Washington, DC, yet a world away,” and when we say “a world away,” we mean it. Around every corner is a picturesque cobblestone streetscape, a surprising architectural detail, or a classic-style pub, all reminiscent of Europe—without the jet lag. Travel blogger Brianna from Casual Travelist said of Alexandria, “It’s a great walking city and much more European in style than many of the other East coast cities.”
Been searching for St. Patrick’s Day plans in the D.C. region? Luckily you just found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow—we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Irish-inspired festivities and food specials happening this month in Alexandria to help you go green in a big way: