In the southwestern part of the city, Carlyle and the Eisenhower Valley are Alexandria’s contemporary answer to historic Old Town. In recent years, businesses, hotels, and office complexes have opened here, leading locals to dub the area the “economic engine of Alexandria.”
Locals gather at John Carlyle Square Park, the central square ideal for an afternoon picnic, or to take in a music festival or other community event.
Near the Eisenhower Metro station, Hoffman Town Center is a mixed-use space featuring retail shops, restaurants, office space and a modern multiplex movie theater. The National Science Foundation, future anchor, is set to open in 2017 adding heft to the neighborhood’s innovation brand.
Families flock to Cameron Run Regional Park, which includes a water park with a wave pool, water slides, miniature golf and batting cages.
Bike racks and rentals like Capital Bikeshare make it easy to explore Carlyle/Eisenhower, where you’ll find a distinctive mix of old and new. The art deco Carlyle Club invites diners nightly for supper club-style entertainment while new luxury apartment buildings rise above green spaces where young professionals jog.