Alexandria, Virginia, is globally recognized for its rich history and preserved 18th to 19th-century architecture structures, usually in the old town, tucked away from modern Alexandria.
Old Town has a wide selection of restaurants, shops, and boutiques. It’s an excellent destination for those who love window shopping or purchasing gift items to take back home. Here are the top exciting things to do in Alexandria.
Explore the Waterfront
In 1790, the port of Alexandria, Virginia, was the largest and one of the busiest ports in the country. It’s still a busy seaport, has preserved its history, and provides beautiful sceneries of the Potomac River and Washington DC. Click here to read more history of Alexandria.
There’re many activities on the waterfront, such as street performers and music exhibitions, as you enjoy exotic drinks and a beautiful dining experience. Create time for a walk or run along the riverside and set sail with water taxis or river cruises.
The cruises offer breathtaking views as you commute between Alexandria and the Wharf, the National Park, Georgetown, the National Mall, National Harbor, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
While at it, check out Providence, the tall ship that appeared in the Blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean. Providence is a reproduction of one of the most renowned ships in the continental Navy steered by Captain John Paul Jones in 1776. You’ll also learn about upcoming cruises. Other activities on the waterfront include kayaking, sailing, and paddleboarding.
Visit Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon is worth a visit as it was the adopted home of the first president of the United States, George Washington. It’s also his burial location, that of his wife, Martha Washington, and 20 other family members.
Take a Walk Through Old Town
Most of Alexandria’s rich history is preserved in the Old Town and dates back to 1749. You’ll find buildings and structures several centuries-old and styles ranging from Georgia to Victorian and mid-century modern.
As you stroll through Old Town, spend some time at King Street, famously known as one of America’s Great Streets. You’ll find structures and buildings that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, accommodating more than 200 restaurants and shops.
While strolling through Old Town, indulge in Alexandria’s world-famous ice cream. In 2019, Forbes online magazine recognized Alexandria as the Ice Cream Cone Capital of the United States.
You can also hire a guarded electric bike and take a relaxed ride through the history-rich streets. Don’t forget to check out Tiny Spite House, the skinniest building in American history, and visit the oldest farmers market in America, Old Town Farmers Market.