Family in Front of A Historic Home in Alexandria
Family at Gadsby's Tavern
Cameron Park
Family at Carlyle

Alexandria for Kids

Located just minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River waterfront and named a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2021 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, Alexandria, VA is the perfect place for a family fun vacation. With dozens of kids activities at museums and historic sites to plenty of outdoor fun and free things to do, kids of all ages will love staying in George Washington’s hometown. Tiny tots and kids up to 10 will love Scramble, a European-style play center offering indoor play and age-specific activities. Kids can literally dig into the past at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum while the Kids’ Scavenger Hunt sends families hunting for clues through Old Town’s historic neighborhoods to learn about George Washington and other patriots. Adventurous groups of all ages visit Shadowland for ultimate laser tag or Cameron Run Regional Park for mini golf, a water park, batting cages and more. Whether you are staying in Alexandria for your D.C. vacation or enjoying a weekend getaway, families find plenty to do in Alexandria, from bike tours to boat rides.

Those not yet fully vaccinated should wear a face mask in shared indoor settings. Please note that some businesses continue to impose capacity restrictions and/or require masks for all guests, regardless of vaccination status.


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DC Family Vacation Itinerary Minutes from D.C. on the Potomac River, Alexandria is a centrally located, affordable and historic home base for your capital getaway. Start Planning ›
Family-Friendly Attractions From kid-friendly museums to scavenger hunt tours, Alexandria has fun offerings for all ages. Learn More ›
Fun and Informal Dining Bring the whole family for great food at a reasonable price. Learn More ›
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Free Things to Do Fun for the whole family at little to no cost. See More ›
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