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Things to Do in Alexandria Now

Whether you’re a visitor coming to Alexandria for the first time, a local searching for the perfect activity for entertaining family from out of town or just looking to explore a new neighborhood, we’re here to welcome you. Our independent restaurants and boutiques, historic sites and attractions and hotels are taking the necessary precautions to create a safe and welcoming environment for visitors. Learn about reopening dates and phases here and read our FAQs. Grab your face covering and explore the top things to do in Alexandria now.


Pops Ice Cream

Stroll the King Street Mile

Known as one of America’s “Great Streets,” picturesque King Street is lined with more than 200 independent shops and restaurants, many in buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. We recommend strolling with a cone in hand since we’ve been dubbed the “Ice Cream Cone Capital of the U.S While some boutiques have adjusted offerings and may not currently be open for walk-ins, you can still enjoy window shopping then shop small from home.


Wrought Knit

See new public art at the waterfront

Head to Alexandria’s revamped Waterfront Park to view Olalekan Jeyifous’ Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies, which frames Alexandria’s African American history through the lens of the city’s industrial and merchant history from the 17th to 20th centuries. Once a prosperous port city that was home to one of the largest domestic slave trading firms in the country, Alexandria was a major center for shipping and manufacturing with an economy inextricably tied to the work of enslaved and free African Americans. Read more about Jeyifous’ thoughts on the piece in this Forbes article.


Couple at Waterfront

Dine al fresco

Whether you’re longing for waterfront views, the perfect perch for people-watching in Old Town or hidden gems in the West End, outdoor dining options abound. As capacity is limited during reopening, we recommend calling ahead before visiting a restaurant. For a list of all restaurants currently offering outdoor dining, click here.  


Lost Boy Cider

Toast reopening with a refreshing cider

Take advantage of Lost Boy Cider’s newly expanded patio where you can reserve a table for your group for a one-hour block and rest assured that they’re taking all necessary precautions so you can say cheers with friends with a crisp all-natural cider.


Biking on Queen Street

Rent a bike, take a ride

Whether you’re in the mood for a casual ride around Old Town, a speedy trip down the riverside Mount Vernon trail or a guided electric bike tour, two-wheel options abound in Alexandria.


Colorful Rowhouses

Get lost in Alexandria’s architectural wonder

Founded in 1749, Alexandria is an architecture lover’s dream destination with structures spanning several centuries and styles, from Georgian to Victorian to Mid-Century Modern. Grab a cool drink from locals’ favorite, Misha’s Coffee, then stroll Alexandria’s most picturesque block, Captain’s Row, discover the skinniest historic house in the U.S., Spite House, and more.


Historic Tour

Get spooked on an evening ghost tour

With centuries-old historic streets, Alexandria is filled with legends and lore. Take a lantern-led outdoor tour through Old Town with Alexandria Colonial Tours.


Founders Park Picnic

Grab to-go and enjoy a physically distanced picnic in a park

Keep your distance while also enjoying some fresh air with a picnic in one of Alexandria’s parks. From Fort Ward to Oronoco Bay to Jones Point, greenspace abounds. On the way, pick up to-go from your favorite restaurant.  


Edmonson Sisters Statue

Discover history where it happened

Alexandria is a city that predates the American Revolution and is steeped with history. Immerse yourself in history with outdoor walking tours by Discover Alexandria and Manumission Tour Company. If you prefer to go at your own pace, take a self-guided walking tour. Some of the city’s museums and historic sites are now open, while others will open in the near future.


Adult Pirate Cruise

See the tall ship Providence

See a celebrity tall ship that appeared in the international blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean. Permanently docked at Alexandria’s waterfront, Providence is a full-scale reproduction of one of the most renowned ships in the Continental Navy. Private tours will begin July 1 followed by public tours in the future.


West End Farmers Market

Shop the Old Town Farmers’ Market then relax riverside

Spend a relaxing Saturday morning shopping at the Old Town Farmers’ Market, the oldest continuously run farmers’ market in the country. Shop freshly baked goods, fruits and vegetables from nearby farms, art and more, then relax at the riverfront. Prefer to do your shopping ahead of time? Take advantage of the Farmers’ Market To-Go program.


Del Ray Mural

Grab brunch in Del Ray then take a self-guided mural tour

Laid back and artsy, community-minded and vibrant, Del Ray is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Grab brunch at Del Ray Café then stroll Mount Vernon Avenue and take a self-guided mural tour. End the afternoon by unwinding with friends over a refreshing frosé or bourbon slush at The Front Porch


Make it a Getaway

Too much to do in a day? Book our Flex Getaway Hotel Package and make it a getaway. This fully flexible hotel package includes free hotel parking and features rates starting as low as $69.

Plan Ahead, Be Prepared

We look forward to seeing you stroll down our cobblestone streets and relax at our waterfront, but ask that you plan ahead and do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19. While here, remember to practice physical distancing and to wear a mask, as face coverings are required in Virginia at all indoor public places, except when eating, drinking or exercising. Additionally, a mask should be worn when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained, even outdoors. It is important to always have a mask with you as sometimes walkways, sidewalks and trails can become crowded unexpectedly. To learn more and for answers to other commonly asked questions, read our FAQs.