Things to do in Alexandria, VA

Written by Posted On Thursday, 16 July 2020 07:43
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Alexandria’s brick sidewalks and well-preserved 18th and 19th-century buildings bring you back to a time when our Founding fathers were walking the streets of Old Town and dining at Gadsby’s Tavern. Although the tavern is now a museum with objects and photos of the time, there are still plenty of nice restaurants to visit and many things to do in Alexandria, VA. Living in Alexandria VA is a dream come true for many residents and here are the reasons why.

Whether you enjoy good food at local restaurants that offer scenic views of the Potomac River or Old Town. Or maybe you would like to experience early American history where it happened in some of the most renowned locals and museums where presidents have set foot. Maybe you want to hop on a cruise and enjoy all the sights along the Potomac River. Whatever you decide to do, these are just a small fraction of what the historical city of Alexandria has to offer. So let's dive into some of the most exciting things to do in Alexandria, VA.


1.Take the trolley or walk the “Great Streets” of America

We have already talked about the historical aspect of Alexandria, Virginia and since it’s so important not only for the city but for all US, locals tried to preserve as much of its original look as possible. With century-old architecture, brick-line streets, twinkling lights, and cobblestone alleys, strolling down King Street is definitely one of the top things to do in Alexandria.

Explore dozens of boutiques and restaurants located along King Street and if you don’t like walking you can take a ride on the free King Street Trolley.


2. Experience history where it happened

If you are interested in learning more about the early history of America then you are in the right place. Alexandria’s historic museums take you back in time and showcase some of the most important moments of history as they unraveled across the USA and in the city of Alexandria.

Take a tour at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, an iconic place that hosted the first five U.S. presidents. Also, visit Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, a historic pharmacy that was founded in 1792, and Carlyle House, a manor built in 1753 by one of Alexandria’s city founders. Also, with a Key to City attraction pass, you have access to 9 historic sites and discounts for museum store purchases as well as other main areas of interest.

3. Dine in Historic Hot Spots

Alexandria is a foodie destination and with over 25 new restaurants that opened in just one year, eating in historical hotspots should definitely be on the list of things to do in Alexandria. Independent restaurant owners offer their customers a unique historical atmosphere in restaurants that are being housed in century-old buildings. This alongside great food and the friendliest staff in the world make it an amazing experience.

Dine in Old Town at Virtue Feed & Grain tavern, a hot spot for tourists and locals, that is located in an 1800s feed house, or try Columbia Firehouse, home to Columbia Steam Engine Fire Company back in the 1800s. These are just a few iconic places where you can dine and there are many other places where you can eat in Alexandria that have their own unique style.


4. Fall in love in the “Most Romantic City”

Because of its cobblestone streets, cozy restaurants and picturesque row houses from the 18th century, it’s no wonder Alexandria Virginia was declared one of the most romantic cities in the country. Stroll alongside your partner through Old Town’s famous cobblestone block Captain’s Row and have dinner at Vermilion, Mia’s Italian Kitchen or Magnolia’s on King.

Prince Street is perfect for a date night in Alexandria and you should definitely write this on your list of things to do in Alexandria.


5. Mount Vernon Trail, the perfect place for biking

If you like outdoor activities such as biking you can grab a bike and venture on Mount Vernon Trail that stretches for 20 miles and features 900+ acres of protected open space in Alexandria, and eight waterfront parks. This trail starts at George Washington’s Mount Estate and it advances alongside the scenic Potomac River up until you reach the national monuments and memorials in Washington D.C.

This trail is popular amongst runners and cyclists because it is the most spectacular segment of the 3000-mile East Coast Greenway that stretches from Maine to Florida. You don’t need to worry if you don’t have your own bike since there are plenty of places in Alexandria where you can rent one for a fairly decent price.


6. See the Skinniest Historic House in America

A private residence located on Queen Street, a house that is just seven feet wide, the Spite House is an iconic piece of art in Alexandria. A hot spot for photographers and Instagrammers, this home is the skinniest historic house in America. It was originally built by John Hollensbury in 1830 and it served its purpose of keeping loiterers out of the adjacent alley. Walk down Old Town’s red brick sidewalks for some more historic row houses that are worth admiring and taking pictures.

If you ever wonder what it would feel like to live in such a tiny house or living in alleys with photo-worthy rowhouses make sure you contact some of the top real estate agents in Alexandria VA  for a property in the area.


7. Visit the Oldest Farmers Market in the U.S.

One of the things you need to do if you are coming to Alexandria is to visit the Old Town Farmer’s Market. This market is coming to life every Saturday morning and for more than 260 years it has served the people of Alexandria well. The market is the oldest one in the U.S and George Washington used to send his produce from Mount Vernon to be sold here.

This market was placed alongside 25 of the most amazing markets in the world that you must visit and vendors nowadays sell all sorts of fruit, vegetables, cheeses, pastries, bread, fresh-cut flowers, art, and much more.

So far we took a close look at some of the most amazing things to do in Alexandria. So, next time if you plan a trip here, grab your best friends, family or partner and venture in the most beautiful historic city in Virginia. Experience some of the best restaurants for a culinary treat, or participate in a guided tour of Alexandria for some close insight into American history.

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