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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Alexandria This Summer

Where better to soak up the summer sun than along Alexandria's scenic waterfront? Delight in ice cold drinks, lively festivals or outdoor activities as you stroll down historic streets and bask in the city's extraordinary culture.

Need a little extra guidance? Pause into the Alexandria Visitors Center, your one stop shop for maps, tickets and expert tips, or use this top 10 list as your guide to all-things Alexandria this summer:



Build Attendance

1. Waterfront Activities

Be a part of the bustling marina atmosphere and stop for a dockside drink, hear weekend street performers or linger in a scenic waterfront park... Learn more

Alexandria's Birthday Celebration

2. Alexandria's Birthday

Enjoy fireworks over the river for the 265th Alexandria Birthday celebration on Saturday, July 12, 2014... Learn more

War of 1812

3. War of 1812

Commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 with outdoor concerts, a boat cruise and a waterfront festival.... Learn more

Baseball Boat

4. Baseball Boat

Board the Baseball Boat to a Washington Nationals game... Learn more

outdoor dining

5. Outdoor Dining

Dine alfresco and bask in the glow of late summer evenings on King Street... Learn more

Biking Date

6. Biking in Alexandria

Bike the scenic Mount Vernon Trail from Alexandria to George Washington’s Mount Vernon... Learn more

Summer Fashion

7. Summer Fashion

Shop for summer trends in Alexandria boutiques or delight in first-ever boutique block parties or the popular Sidewalk Sale... Learn more

Masters of Mixology

8. Bars and Pubs

Cool off with signature Alexandria drinks, like a craft beer by Port City Brewing Co., Todd Thrasher's Tiki cocktail at the Majestic or an icy cran-lemonade from Bittersweet... Learn more

Yappy Hour

9. Pet Friendly

Bring your dog on vacation to an array of dog-friendly hotels plus Canine Cruises, Yappy Hours, and specialty doggie treats found around town... Learn more

Art Hotel

10. Hotels

Stay in Alexandria and take the Metrorail or water taxi to great festivals, special exhibits and the newly re-opened Washington Monument in Washington, DC... Learn more


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