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Family Fun in Alexandria

Alexandria is an exceptional setting for a great American family vacation; the city's historic sites captivate the imagination as they interpret the city's remarkable role in our nation's history as George Washington's hometown. Find inspiration at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, with the Alexandria Archaeology Museum's hands-on activities or at the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum. Rent a bike from Bike and Roll Alexandria and zip down the Potomac Waterfront for a picnic or set out on a Colonial Tours' Kids' Scavenger Hunt. Create family memories that last a lifetime.

Family Friendly Attractions

Fun and Informal

Children's Stores

Family Friendly Attractions

Enjoy arts, museums, bikes, boats and more alongside stunning views of the Potomac

Fun and Informal Dining

Bring the whole family for great food at a reasonable price

Boutiques for Kids

Keep your youngest travelers entertained and fashion forward

Family Friendly Parks square

Family Friendly Events

Free Things to Do

Family Friendly Parks

Escape to the great outdoors without leaving the city of Alexandria

Family Friendly Events

Create memories that will last a lifetime at Alexandria's parades, history reenactments and festivals

Free Things to Do

Fun for the whole family at little to no cost


Alexandria Archaeology

  • 105 N. Union Street, Torpedo Factory Art Center
  • Third Floor, #327
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Step right into the museum's laboratory where archaeologists reconstruct Alexandria's history, fragment by fragment. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m.…Learn More

Alexandria Colonial Tours' Kids' Scavenger Hunt

  • 201 King Street
  • Suite 302
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Hunt through the brick-lined streets of Old Town to discover historic places and learn about George Washington and other patriots. Divide into teams and see who wins! Ages 7-11.  Map and clues…Learn More

Alexandria Colonial Tours

  • 201 King Street
  • Suite 302
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Alexandria's Original Ghost & Graveyard Tour. Our Colonial costumed guides lead you by lantern light telling you ghost stories, legends and folklore. Reservations accepted. Tours leave from garden of…Learn More

Bike and Roll Alexandria

  • 3 Cameron Street
  • Alexandria Waterfront
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Bike and Roll encourages locals and tourists alike to hop on two wheels and Bike the Sites® of Alexandria! We have hybrid bikes or kids equipment available to rent by the day. Rent a bike and cruise…Learn More

Cameron Run Regional Park

  • 4001 Eisenhower Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Waterslides, wave pool, lap pool, batting cages and miniature golf. Call for seasonal hours.…Learn More

Carlyle House

  • 121 N. Fairfax Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder John Carlyle. Here, five royal governors and General Braddock met to discuss funding of the French and Indian War. Daily…Learn More

Chinquapin Park Recreation Center

The facility offers a 25 meter pool, a fitness room, meeting rooms, 3 racquetball courts, and a Soft Playroom (kids 5 & under), which is one of only two in the Metropolitan area. It sits on a four…Learn More

Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site

  • 4301 W. Braddock Road
  • Alexandria, VA 22304

Fort Ward is the best preserved of the extensive network of Union forts and batteries known as the Civil War Defenses of Washington. Fort Ward Museum interprets the site’s history, life within the…Learn More

Friendship Firehouse

  • 107 S. Alfred Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Established in 1774, the Friendship Fire Company was the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The current firehouse was built in 1855 and now houses historic firefighting equipment and…Learn More

Gadsby's Tavern Museum

  • 134 N. Royal Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

This 18th-century tavern serviced the first six presidents, including George Washington, who would stop here between trips to his home at Mount Vernon. The City Tavern (ca. 1785) and adjoining City…Learn More

George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill

  • Route 235, three miles from Mount Vernon Estate
  • Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Demonstrations by costumed distillers and millers take visitors through the historic processes of whiskey-making and flour and cornmeal production. George Washington's Distillery is the only authentic…Learn More

Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum

  • 201 S. Washington Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

The 1839 Greek Revival building serves as the City's history museum. An ongoing exhibition tells the story of Alexandria, once one of the busiest ports in America. Archaeological finds, old…Learn More

National Inventors Hall of Fame

  • 600 Dulany Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Visit the National Inventors Hall of Fame located in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and marvel at the ingenuity of mankind!The newly renovated National Inventors Hall of Fame on the…Learn More

Potomac Riverboat Company

  • 1 Cameron Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Offers seasonal sightseeing cruises, private parties, and water taxi transportation service. Cruises include the Washington monuments, the Alexandria seaport, pirate cruises for children, baseball…Learn More

ShadowLand Family Entertainment Center

  • 5508 Franconia Road
  • Springfield/Alexandria, VA 22310

Strap on a suit, enter the 7,500 sq ft multi level, carpeted arena and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime! Great for youth groups (we can accommodate groups of up to 250 people), family outings…Learn More

Torpedo Factory Art Center

  • 105 N. Union Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Constructed in 1918 for the manufacturing of torpedoes, the Torpedo Factory now features 82 working artists' studios, six galleries, the Art League School, Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and a cafe…Learn More



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