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Things to Do in Alexandria, VA

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A combination of early American heritage and cosmopolitan sophistication, Alexandria boasts a wide array of activities, ranging from boat cruises to fine dining, art galleries to boutique shopping. One of America's Top ArtPlaces 2013 and a powerhouse for the visual arts, Alexandria is home to the Torpedo Factory Art Center with over 80 artist studios and galleries, the Art League School, the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association at the Athenaeum, and the Del Ray Artisans. For history buffs, Alexandria's historic sites have earned the prestigious honor of accreditation as a museum system by the American Alliance of Museums for their high quality and engaging programs. Combine these with award-winning restaurants and streets of boutiques, all within walking distance, and you'll find an extraordinary city tucked just beneath the nation's capital.

Alexandria Favorites

Alexandria Favorites

Top not-to-miss Alexandria hotspots, from all things George Washington to King Street boutiques.... Learn more

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Save an arm and a leg this vacation (you’ll need them for tours and dining).... Learn more

Waterfront Activities

Waterfront Activities

With the Potomac River lining Alexandria, sometimes the best view of the city is by boat!... Learn more

Tours

Tours

There’s so much to see and do, let us guide the way with tours fit for foodies, bikers, families and history lovers.... Learn more

Great Date Ideas

Great Date Ideas

Dubbed a “Best Place for a First Date” by Washingtonian magazine and The Washington Post, Alexandria’s dining, river cruises and live music will make you a shoo-in for a second date (or third, or fourth…).... Learn more

Family Fun

Family Fun

With hiking and biking trails, museums and water parks, Alexandria has a little something for every member of your family. ... Learn more

Boutique Shopping

Shopping

With “some of the best stores and galleries in the [DC] region,” according to the Wall Street Journal, Alexandria puts new meaning to “shop ‘til you drop.”... Learn more

Historic Sites & Attractions

Historic Sites & Attractions

From the history of Alexandria to George Washington’s longtime estate, the city is jam-packed with opportunities to learn a little something new about the region.... Learn more

Musuems

Museums

One of only eight municipal organizations across the nation accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Office of Historic Alexandria’s museum system gives visitors ample opportunities to uncover the city’s rich and unique history.... Learn more

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Nationally recognized as a community with a "backbone of creative culture,” and named a “Top ArtPlace 2013”, Alexandria maintains its reputation with celebrated art galleries, studios, concert halls and theaters. ... Learn more

Nightlife

Nightlife

Bars, restaurants, music venues and art receptions light up Alexandria’s energetic nightscape.... Learn more

Outdoor

Biking in Alexandria

Swap out four wheels for two and learn why Virginia Living magazine hails Alexandria as a “Top 10 Cycling Destination”... Learn more

Eco-City Alexandria

Outdoor Activities & Sports

Get outside and experience the city by foot, bike or boat; we don’t care how you do it, so long as you get moving.... Learn more

Salons & Spas

Salons & Spas

Recharge your batteries and treat yourself to a spa day or a new haircut before a big night out.... Learn more

Farmers Market

Farmers Markets

Fresh produce and handmade crafts, locally grown and widely loved every Saturday or Sunday of the year. ... Learn more

Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Thanks to Olde Towne School for Dogs (whose clientele has included Bo Obama), an astonishing number of Alexandria stores, historic sites and art galleries welcome man’s best friend.... Learn more

Events

Events

With concert halls, theaters and outdoor spaces, in Alexandria, there’s something on the bill nearly every day.... Learn more

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