50 Free Things to Do in Alexandria

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.

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Discover the Real Green Family From PBS’ Mercy Street in Alexandria, VA

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.

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Alexandria Brings PBS’ Mercy Street to Life for Season Two

As fans of the PBS Civil War-era drama Mercy Street anticipate the show’s return for a second season on January 22, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. ET, historic Alexandria, Virginia announces 40 new tours, exhibits and events inspired by the series.

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Your Videos: Wish You Were Here in Alexandria

We recently asked Instagrammers to post a video showing us what they love about Alexandria for our Wish You Were Here In Alexandria contest. The results were amazing! Creative, thoughtful, and fun videos, all showing the best of the city we all love.

View the winning video and the runner-up, followed by other entries in no particular order. We love them all!

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Get the Scoop: Best Ice Cream and Cold Treats in Alexandria

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.

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Top 10 Places to Instagram in Alexandria

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.

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Date Ideas in Alexandria

Alexandria was recently named the Most Romantic City in the U.S, and many a romance has unfolded along our picturesque cobblestone streets and historic waterfront.

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7 Ways Alexandria is Like a European Old Town

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.”

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How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Alexandria

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:

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Video: See the Cast of PBS’ Mercy Street in Alexandria

If you can’t wait to see your favorite characters from PBS’ Mercy Street on-screen again, we’ve got you covered. This fall, some of the cast members and producers of Mercy Street toured Alexandria with us, which you can see in the videos below.  With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to the city that inspired the series and retrace the steps of the stars of Mercy Street in Alexandria. Keep reading to see what the cast thought about our city! (spoiler alert: they thought it was “extraordinary”)

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