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Waterfront Activities in Alexandria

Alexandria rests on the historic banks of the Potomac River, with views of National Harbor and DC's Washington Monument just on the horizon. Along the waterfront, visitors stroll on scenic paths, taking in the sites, peeking around at street vendors or dining at a waterside restaurant. Though the waterfront often bustles with street performers and live music, sometimes the best activity is pausing at a riverside bench and watching the boats glide by.

Monuments Cruise Square

Mount Vernon Cruise Square

Waterfront Market Square

Water Taxis

Skip the traffic and dock just steps from the National Mall, Nationals Stadium or National Harbor

Boat Cruises

Cruise the Potomac with pets, pirates or to the first president's home

Waterfront Dining

Enjoy imaginative menus and spectacular views of the Potomac River

Waterfront parks square

Waterfront Attractions Square

Waterfront Biking Square

Waterfront Parks

Escape to the great outdoors without leaving the city of Alexandria

 Waterfront Attractions

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

Mount Vernon Trail

Nearly 18 miles of trail stretching alongside the Potomac River from Mount Vernon to the National Mall


Boat Cruises


Alexandria by Water Seaport Cruise

Waterfront of Old Town Alexandria, Founders Park , Old Town Yacht Basin , Admiral’s Row, Jones Point Lighthouse and so much more.…Learn More

Canine Cruises on the Potomac

Come out and join us for a local favorite with or without a four legged friend for this hour long cruise of Alexandria’s Seaport.…Learn More

Dandy Restaurant Cruise Ships

  • Zero Prince Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Gourmet dining, dancing and an unparalleled view of our nation's majestic monuments. Day or night, rain or shine, year 'round. Nina's Dandy features a 465-square-foot marble dance floor and…Learn More

Cruise along the Potomac River to George and Martha Washington’s home, Mount Vernon…Learn More

Pirate on the Potomac Cruise

Ladies and gentlemen, friends and families, bring your seafaring selves aboard and join Captain Jack as you cruise through Alexandria's Seaport! Perfect for all ages be sure to book your passage now…Learn More

Washington by Water Monuments Cruise

Cruise features highlights such as the Jefferson Memorial, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Washington Monument, Memorial Bridge, and the14th St. Bridge.…Learn More

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 Water Taxis


Baseball Boat

Skip the traffic and ride our baseball boat to a game at the Washington Nationals Stadium, located in Southeast Washington D.C. Free Parking Pass with On-Line Ticket Purchase! For more schedule and…Learn More

Water Taxi to National Harbor

Service provided daily between Alexandria in Virginia , the Gaylord National Hotel, and the National Harbor in Maryland.…Learn More

Water Taxi to the National Mall

The Potomac Riverboat Company offers a 30-minute direct water taxi between Old Town Alexandria and the National Mall in Washington, DC, docking at Ohio & West Basin Drive SW, just steps from the…Learn More

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Waterfront Dining



Blackwall Hitch

  • 5 Cameron Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Opening June 2015! Blackwall Hitch honors the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay with a modern interpretation of a classic coastal tavern. We deliver an ambiance of relaxed sophistication, with service…Learn More

Chart House Restaurant

  • One Cameron Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

With breath-taking views of the Potomac River, Chart House offers world-class dining and impeccable service. Enjoy our recent million-dollar renovation while enjoying a seamless blend of fine seafood…Learn More

Indigo Landing

  • 1 Marina Drive
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Fresh, innovative cuisine and a stunning waterfront location at the Washington Sailing Marina with views of the Potomac River and the Nation's Capital skyline.…Learn More

Waterfront Market

Alexandria's newest market and cafe offers waterfront dining, local brews on tap, sushi, and grab and go meals. Featuring homemade sweets from their sister restaurant, Bittersweet, as well as fresh…Learn More

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Waterfront Attractions



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

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

Mount Vernon by Bike & Boat

  • 221 King Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Start in Alexandria and cycle to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. In the afternoon, board the Miss Christin for a narrated boat cruise back to Old Town. Price includes bike rental/bike…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

Torpedo Factory Art Center

  • 105 N. Union Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314

Experience art in person and in progress at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plan, the Torpedo Factory is home to the largest collection of publicly accessible…Learn More

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