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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New Waterfront Experience at the Foot of King Street

One of the most highly anticipated transformations of the Old Town Alexandria waterfront, within eyesight of Washington, D.C., is unfolding in the fall of 2018 with more headline happenings coming in 2019 with the arrival of a celebrity tall ship as a permanent attraction. Visitors strolling King Street, named one of the “Great Streets” of America by the American Planning Association, can take in new panoramic views of the Potomac River with the fall 2018 opening of an expanded new park area at the foot of King Street that will seamlessly connect Old Town’s historic retail corridor with the water. The new space was designed to be highly activated for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. A temporary public art installation from New York City studio SOFTlab will be installed in March 2019 as Alexandria prepares for the June 2019 arrival of the tall ship Providence as a permanent attraction.

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Celebrity Tall Ship Providence

The biggest splash at the Old Town Alexandria waterfront in 2019 will come from the tall ship Providence, arriving in June as a permanent attraction. This celebrity tall ship, which has appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Master and Commander and in the international blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean, is a full-scale replica of one of the U.S. Continental Navy’s first warships, which was captained by John Paul Jones, the father of the U.S. Navy, under the leadership of General George Washington. Built in 1768, the 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, chartered cruises, educational programs and beer cruises presented in partnership with Alexandria’s own 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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