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Things to Do in Alexandria, VA

Whether you’re spending a long weekend or making a day trip from Washington, D.C., you’re in for an unforgettable experience in Alexandria, Virginia, named a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2021 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749 that George Washington called home, Old Town Alexandria hums with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. Whether you are here for a girlfriends’ getaway, an anniversary trip, or a family vacation, there is plenty to do. Check out our ideas, from boat cruises to specialty tours, below. The best way to unlock Alexandria’s rich history and culture is with our Key to the City attractions pass. 

Based on the latest CDC health guidance, it is recommended that everyone wear a mask in public indoor spaces in Alexandria, regardless of vaccination status.

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Top Things to Do in Alexandria This Holiday Season Alexandria transports visitors with an old fashioned sense of holiday wonder, twinkling with holiday traditions and magical events. Get Festive ›
Things to Do in Old Town From visiting historic sites to seeing art in action at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, discover the top things to do in Alexandria. Learn More ›
Experience the Waterfront A busy seaport for centuries, Alexandria's waterfront juxtaposes historic authenticity and new happenings along the Potomac River. Learn More ›
Request a Free Visitors Guide Start planning your Alexandria adventure. Get Inspired ›
Great Walks in Alexandria Get inspired with our curated walks, from an architecture-themed excursion to a waterside stroll to a Del Ray mural tour and more. Check out our… Learn More ›
Free Things to Do Outside Experience completely free al fresco activities, from finding hidden photo spots to taking historic walking tours to relaxing in natural escapes. Get Outside ›