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Star Spangled Summer

Picnics along the Potomac River, bike rides down historic avenues and patriotic parties overtaking waterfront parks shape the ideal summer getaway in Alexandria. Wind along cobblestoned streets on walking tours and learn of Alexandria's history as George Washington's hometown, or take the new water taxi directly from Old Town Alexandria to the National Mall for a day of sightseeing in Washington, DC. Throughout the summer, the city's calendar is lined with events, from celebrating the bicentennial of Alexandria's involvement in the War of 1812 with a waterfront festival, to the city's birthday party, featuring a performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and fireworks along the Potomac River.

As a culinary hub, the city is packed with restaurants, ranging from casual favorites to fine dining, cozy to al fresco, all within steps from hotels, historic sites and a wide collection of stylish boutiques. Perfect for an excursion over Memorial Day or Labor Day weekend, or a conveniently accessible home base for a Washington, DC vacation, Alexandria has accommodations that are great for the families, couples, girlfriends' getaways and even pets!


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Top 10 Summer Essentials

The top 10 things to do in Alexandria this summer.



Summer Events

No matter the season, Alexandrians know how to celebrate

Summer Hotel Packages

Book an extraordinary summer vacation at a great rate


Cherry Blossom by Boat


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Waterfront Square

Summer Tours

Enjoy the sites & scenic views of our historic town on walking, bike and boat tours


Outdoor Dining

More than 30 family friendly restaurants featuring sidewalk or patio seating

Waterfront Activities

Views of National Harbor and DC's monuments just on the horizon


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Pet Friendly

No need to leave Sparky at home, Alexandrians love their pets


War of 1812

Outdoor films and festivities to commemorate the War of 1812

Summer Arts

Celebrate the city's vibrant culture & love of creativity


Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3301 or 800-388-9119
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