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.

What's New

Tall Ship Providence

Celebrity Tall Ship Providence

Alexandria recently welcomed a new maritime history experience to the Old Town Alexandria waterfront. The tall ship Providence (Visitor Center located at 1 Cameron St., lower level) provides a living link to Alexandria’s rich maritime, naval and Revolutionary history. Providence is a reproduction of the first ship authorized to serve in the Continental Navy and John Paul Jones’ first American command. When Providence opens to the public in fall 2019, visitors will be welcomed aboard to see the ship to meet John Paul Jones and get a taste of what life was like aboard an 18th-century sloop. Visitors can also take cruises on the Potomac, including family-oriented adventures and a regular craft beer cruise. You can even rent the ship for special tours to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or corporate event.

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New Waterfront Experience at the Foot of King Street

One of the most highly anticipated transformations of the Old Town Alexandria waterfront unfolded in 2019 with the opening of a new expansion of Waterfront Park at the foot of King Street. The greatly expanded new park area seamlessly connects Old Town’s historic retail corridor with the water and features four distinct areas—an open plaza, a waterfront promenade, shade structures and a modular space that can adapt to different purposes throughout the year. The park, which is adjoined to the original Waterfront Park, is designed for ongoing enjoyment and special activations and events. Waterfront Park is also the location for the new public-art series, Site See: New Views in Old Town. The initiative brings contemporary public art installations to Alexandria that change from year to year.

What’s Now

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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 expected to be finished in 2021.

Hotel Indigo

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 creation of James Beard nominee Cathal Armstrong. 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.

MGM Resort and Casino

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.

Couple on Water Taxi

River Cruises and Water Connectivity to the Region

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


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