Waterfront Development News

Minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria delights travelers from all over the world. A busy seaport from colonial times through the Civil War and even during World War II when the Torpedo Factory Art Center was a naval torpedo factory, Alexandria’s waterfront is currently undergoing a major revitalization. Here’s what’s new, what’s now and what’s next.

Coming Soon

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King Street Park at the Waterfront

As the D.C. region's waterfront landscape evolves with major developments like The Wharf and MGM National Harbor, a dramatic change is coming to Alexandria's historic waterfront in the fall of 2018. A major new waterfront destination is opening at the intersection of the Potomac River and Alexandria's most historic retail corridor: King Street Park at the Waterfront. The space will transform throughout the seasons with pop-up programming. The new park is the crown jewel of the city's waterfront plan, which has been decades in the making.

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Celebrity Tall Ship Providence

The tall ship Providence, which appears in the Oscar-winning film Master and Commander starring Russell Crowe and Pirates of the Caribbean starring Johnny Depp, is projected to arrive at Alexandria’s waterfront in the summer of 2019 to make the city her permanent home as a key attraction of the developing waterfront. The 110-foot, twelve-gun sloop-of-war is a full-scale replica of the Continental Navy’s first warship. Alexandria’s Tall Ship Providence Foundation has acquired the vessel and is undergoing a fundraising campaign to rehabilitate the replica for educational maritime heritage programs. Built in the 1700s, the original ship’s first mission in the American Revolution was to clear the Chesapeake Bay of enemy British ships. The public can look forward to public tours, history programs and public cruises including a beer cruise in partnership with Alexandria’s award-winning Port City Brewing Company.

What's New

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Water Taxi to DC’s The Wharf

DC’s Southwest Waterfront is undergoing a $1.5 billion redevelopment known as “The Wharf,” which features a mile-long stretch along the Potomac River with concert venues like The Anthem, restaurants, retailers, residences, and businesses. Potomac Riverboat Company offers high-speed water taxi service from Alexandria’s waterfront to The Wharf. Groundbreaking of Phase II of The Wharf is scheduled for mid-2018 and expected to be finished in 2021.

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Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria & Hummingbird

Alexandria welcomed its first waterfront hotel in May 2017, the highly anticipated Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria. Touches of Alexandria’s colonial past blend with contemporary design at the boutique hotel, nestled on a riverside site where a 300-year old ship was discovered and excavated during the hotel’s development. Located inside the hotel, Hummingbird is the latest creation of James Beard nominee Cathal Armstrong and is the newest addition to Alexandria’s menu of waterfront restaurants. Earning high praise from The Washington Post, this airy eatery offers beautiful views of the Potomac River from the dining room and outdoor patio. Hummingbird is an energetic bar and kitchen inspired by the American spirit of cherished traditions: clambakes and crab boils, fish fries and oyster roasts.


Vola’s Dockside Grill & Hi-Tide Lounge

Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge by Alexandria Restaurant Partners (Lena’s, Virtue Feed & Grain, The Majestic) opened in August 2016 and features outdoor dining right on the marina overlooking the Potomac River at King Street. The restaurant, named after former city manager Vola Lawson, serves up fresh seafood and the Hi-Tide Lounge next door is a fun and low-key environment to grab a drink and small bites with a group of friends.

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MGM National Harbor

Accessible via water taxi or the NH2 shuttleMGM National Harbor, which opened in December 2016, is one of the DC area’s hottest new entertainment destinations. Located on the banks of the Potomac just over the bridge from Old Town Alexandria, MGM National Harbor is the premier luxury resort and casino experience on the East Coast. MGM National Harbor features a casino floor bigger than the White House, a 15,000 square foot conservatory with breathtaking displays that change seasonally, fine dining from world renowned chefs such as José Andrés and the Voltaggio brothers, and an intimate 3,000-seat theater where you can experience the biggest names in entertainment.


What's Now

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Water Taxi Connectivity to the Region

Visitors can access the region with Potomac Riverboat Company’s many cruises, including ones to George Washington’s Mount Vernon, The Wharf, Georgetown, the National Mall, Nationals Stadium, and National Harbor.


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