Old Town Top 10

Recognized for its thriving streets lined with centuries-old historic buildings, independent boutiques and vibrant art galleries, Old Town Alexandria attracts those in search of an unforgettable experience. Filled with opportunities for palate-pleasing dining, visiting haunted hotspots and even the chance to follow along in US presidents' footsteps, Old Town bursts with activities throughout the year, inviting guests to dive into the city's unique past in its prime historic district. To make the most of your time in Alexandria, here are our top choices for ensuring you receive the essential Old Town experience:

  1. King Street Trolley & Stroll: Explore Old Town Alexandria’s main drag by strolling down King Street, lined with red brick and dotted with boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and pubs tucked into 18th century architecture, alongside many a four-legged friend in this dog-friendly city.

  2. Old Town Waterfront: Set sail on a sightseeing trip aboard a riverboat, enjoy waterfront dining featuring gorgeous views of DC monuments or groove to live music at waterfront restaurant, Blackwall Hitch.  
  3. Trace George Washington’s footsteps: Whether you venture to Washington’s favorite watering hole at Gadsby’s Tavern; peek into George and Martha’s pharmacy at Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum; or pay a visit to Washington’s pew at his local place of worship, Christ Church.
  4. Distinctive Dining: Experience Alexandria’s booming culinary scene, from chef-driven restaurants like Carluccio’s and converted 18th century warehouse Virtue Feed & Grain to craft brews from Port City Brewing Company.
  5. Take a tour: By boat, bike or on foot, explore Alexandria’s history, restaurants and waterfront on one of many unique tours, like a late night ghost tour or the Old Town Alexandria Food Tour.
  6. Torpedo Factory Art Center: See art in progress and in person at Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory Art Center, a former World War II torpedo plant converted into 82 working artist studios and six galleries.  
  7. Pet-friendly activities: Em-“bark” on a Canine Cruise on the Potomac River, sniff and mingle at Doggy Happy Hour and enjoy any of 21 pet-friendly things to do in Alexandria.   
  8. Shop Small:  Discover a whole new side to the personal shopping experience in Old Town, the DC area’s “Shop Small” headquarters with dozens of locally-owned and independently-operated boutiques.   
  9. Old Town Farmers Market: Taste local flavor at the Old Town Farmers Market, a centuries-old tradition stretching back to George Washington’s day, and choose from locally sourced produce, meat, cheeses, breads, handmade crafts and more.
  10. Seasonal Events: Delight in Old Town’s seasonal festivities throughout the year, from the nation’s biggest weekend-long bash for George Washington’s birthday to a holiday celebration of Alexandria’s Scottish heritage at the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade and First Night Alexandria, a lively New Year’s Eve party.

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