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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 responsible 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.


 

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Holiday Strolling Masks Red Barn

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, with architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Grab a scoop of your favorite flavor in the “Ice Cream Cone Capital of the U.S.” Don a face mask for popping into boutiques along King Street, or enjoy window shopping and shop small from home, with online shopping and curbside pickup options available at many of the city’s retail spots.


 

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Wrought Knit

See public art at the waterfront

Take advantage of your last chance to view Olalekan Jeyifous’ Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies, located at Alexandria’s revamped Waterfront Park until November. The artwork 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.


 

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Safe Dining

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. When temperatures drop, cozy up outside restaurants offering heaters, firepits and festive décor. As capacity is limited at each restaurant, we recommend calling ahead before visiting a restaurant. For a list of all restaurants currently offering outdoor dining, click here.  


 

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Lost Boy Cider

Raise a toast 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. Rest assured that they’re taking all necessary precautions so you can say cheers with a crisp all-natural cider.


 

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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.


 

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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 hot 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.


 

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Family Taking an Historic Tour in Alexandria, VA

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.


 

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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 favorites, from international eats to take-away brunch.


 

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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 or explore the Duke Street Black History Trail. See which museums and historical sites are open here.


 

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Adult Pirate Cruise

See the tall ship Providence

Experience a celebrity tall ship that appeared in the international blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean. Alexandria’s newest waterfront attraction, Providence is a full-scale reproduction of one of the most renowned ships in the Continental Navy, helmed by Captain John Paul Jones in 1776. Book a dockside tour, complete with historical interpretation. Learn more here.


 

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West End Farmers Market

Shop the Old Town Farmers’ Market then relax riverside

Mask up to spend Saturday morning shopping at the Old Town Farmers’ Market, one of the nation’s oldest continuously run farmers’ market in one site. 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.


 

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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. Enjoy an al fresco brunch at Evening Star Café, then take a self-guided mural tour along Mount Vernon Avenue, including a stop at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub for a glance at its rock star-studded mural and a cup of java.


 

Make it a Getaway

Too much to do in a day? Book our Flex Getaway Hotel Package and make it a getaway. Available though December 31, 2020, 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 is required 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.