Things to do in Alexandria

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Things to Do in Alexandria

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  • Amy P
    64 contributions
    Walk the length of King street (a couple miles) or a free trolley runs along the street. Lots of character in the buildings and fun shops in addition to a wide variety of restaurants. At night there are white lights in the trees and a nice amibiance to enjoy.
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • speechtoo
    Huntingdon Valley, PA8 contributions
    About 50 artists that have showrooms and also showcase how they do their art. Jewelers, painters, sculptures etc. All of this on the on the Potomac River.
    Written 2 May 2022
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  • nycebh
    New York City, NY246 contributions
    Went on Saturday and Sunday evenings in the hour before sunset. On Saturday, experienced slight downpour and smell of ozone. Beavers are doing great job of raising water levels. Wonderful experience walking through the forest. Saw recent arrival of beautiful bright yellow prothonotary warbler. Saw muskrats, beavers, and hooded mergansers with babies and huge alligator snapping turtles. Sunday was much cooler and windy but saw muskrats being amorous, Sora in grass and many Redwing Blackbirds in full red display mode. Practiced my photography.
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • Eriko
    Santa Monica, CA124 contributions
    Beautiful, clean, family friendly and, easy to walk along the waterfront. There are benches to sit and watch the birds, or people watch. The park on the day we walked had lots of families having picnics. However there was one homeless man with his tent, desk chair, lap top, and speakers set up! I wanted to take a photo, but didn't dare.

    The Torpedo Factory is right at the waterfront! It's a former torpedo factory, now a building with art studios and galleries, free to the public! Go and see local art and meet some of the artists! Support local art!

    The Waterfront here is truly relaxing. You can stop for a meal at one of the several restaurants here too.
    Written 7 May 2022
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  • RLWOrangePark
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL3,667 contributions
    Unfortunately the main building is closed due to COVID precautions but you can still walk the grounds, take photographs of this impressive building and get a great view from the many, many steps to climb. Would have been great to go up to the observation tower. You can walk from the King Street Metro station in Alexandria where you have access to the free King Street Trolley.
    Written 28 October 2021
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  • Melinda C
    Albion, ME5 contributions
    We went to the museum for the private Harry Potter tour. The guide was extreme knowledgeable, kind, and able to engage a cynical teen, which is impressive! We loved the hands-on “potion-making” (lavender calming lotion) and small but well-stocked gift area. Combine with a ride on the free King Street Trolley and cupcakes from Alexandria Cupcake (vegan and allergy-friendly options) for a winning afternoon!
    Written 26 March 2022
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  • Tina S
    South Fallsburg, NY295 contributions
    Wandered into the side of the house and was greeted very nicely. We watched a short film and afterwards Laura took us on a tour of the house. She keep us interested the whole way through. She told us about the owners of the house and how the house came to be. She told us all the history of the house. It was so interesting. Ticket was $7.00 and there were about 10 of us but she kept us all interested. Would do this tour again. What a great place to learn about the Carlyle family and some of the history of Alexandria VA.
    Written 13 May 2022
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  • THOMAS L
    CENTREVILLE5 contributions
    I highly recommend touring both houses. Pete, our guide at the Pope Leighey house, was knowledgeable and friendly. He also came highly recommend by our tour guide at Woodlawn. I wish I knew her name to give a huge shout out! She was not only knowledgeable but enthusiastic. It is very clear that she has found her calling and thoroughly enjoys her work. Thank you both for a great afternoon!
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • 735carolynl
    Seattle, WA109 contributions
    We throughly enjoyed crossing the river in this manner and at this time! Everything came together perfectly to afford us a new experience in a new place. The ride is over all too soon, but the opportunities to explore are endless.
    Written 25 March 2020
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,533 contributions
    Gadsby's Tavern Museum in Alexandria, Virginia, consists of two buildings, a 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Tavern and Hotel. In those seven years, the young Republic began to take shape through the conversations and choices being made in these tavern spaces. Named for Englishman John Gadsby, who operated the tavern and hotel from 1796 to 1808, the businesses were central to Alexandria's port-based economy, offering spaces to dine, entertain and spend the night. Notable patrons included George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette. Located at 134 North Royal Street, the museum tells the story of all people who interacted within these spaces as they negotiated daily life in the early United States. Guests can walk through the buildings at their own pace and immerse themselves in the stories of the tavern or enjoy the interaction of a guided tour that delves into the complexity of the times. Outside the museum see the historic Ice Well, which provided the tavern with a ready supply of ice to cool beverages or help to make the new dessert of the day, ice cream. The collections are wide and varied, from ceramics to furniture, each object telling the story of the evolution of hospitality in the 18th and 19th centuries. Showcasing the 20th century, the photographic collection documents the journey from run-down buildings to world-class museum. Marvel at John Gadsby's silver, which consists of cutlery, serving platters, chafing dishes and wine chillers.
    Written 8 December 2021
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,533 contributions
    What other church can boast that George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill once attended services in its sanctuary? Located at 116 North Washington Street in the historic Old Town section of Alexandria, Virginia, at the southwest corner of North Washington and Cameron Streets, the brick two-story church measures about 60 feet by 50 feet. Built between 1765 and 1773, it was constructed as the main church in the Church of England's Fairfax Parish and was designed by a descendant of renowned architect Christopher Wren. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. It is distinctive among Virginia's colonial churches in that its interior was spared the ravages of the Civil War. It also survived the disestablishment of the Church of England by the commonwealth. The galleries, bell tower and porch were added after the original construction, circa 1785 and 1815. Originally, the pews were box pews and a two-tier pulpit was situated on the north side of the sanctuary. Today, the box pews have been converted to slips, a wine-glass pulpit has replaced the original pulpit and the only remaining hand-carved hymnal rack is in the Lee pew. In the church graveyard is the mass grave of 34 Confederate prisoners of war who died in local hospitals during the Civil War and the grave sites of Charles Simms and Philip Marstellar, two of George Washington's pallbearers.
    Written 8 December 2021
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  • RYC88
    Centreville, VA1,068 contributions
    It's not a huge park, but it's just so pretty and it feels so peaceful even though it's so close to Little River Turnpike. The grounds are beautifully kept and there are plenty of formal flower beds, as well as working gardens and lovely ponds. It's a great place for walking, as there are nice trails through the entire place. All the plants and trees have signs, so it's a great place to find out what things are. The visitor center is really nice and has a small shop and rooms for classes. The staff are very helpful and obviously love working there with all the wonderful plants.
    Written 16 April 2022
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  • TennisStar602
    Florida391 contributions
    I went to Port City Brewing with a few of my friends who are transplants in Alexandria. The beers were very good and I liked the service and the quality. It was great to eat outdoors and socialize with other people. There was also a food truck which served Latino food. The food, the portions, and the prices of the food truck were very good, but the service was not my favorite.
    Written 26 September 2021
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,533 contributions
    River Farm is a 27-acre landscape that takes its name from a larger plot of land which once formed an outlying part of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. Located at 7931 East Boulevard Drive in Alexandria, Virginia, it was established in 1653-54 and was designated a Horticultural Landmark by the American Society for Horticultural Science in 2004. The recognition was due to the ability to retain its historic character while at the same time showcasing the best and most environmentally responsible gardening practices. Aside from vistas stretching down to the Potomac River, the property also features extensive and creative play areas for children, a four-acre meadow, an orchard, one of the largest Osage-orange trees in the nation, a grove of rare Franklinia trees, gardens for edible and ornamental plants and scenic resting places for picnickers. Historically, the Kentucky coffeetrees are descendants of those first introduced to Virginia upon Washington's return from surveys in the Ohio River Valley. Such wildlife as bald eagles, foxes and bluebirds are frequently sighted. Visitors to the gardens will marvel at the Andre Bluemel Meadow that features two large black walnut trees dating to Washington's ownership, the George Harding Memorial Azalea Garden, the Wildlife Garden's small pond with frogs, goldfish, tilapia and turtles and the White House Gates, first installed at the White House in 1819 and used for more than 120 years at the White House's northeast entrance.
    Written 20 December 2021
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  • Travelwestport
    Alexandria, VA385 contributions
    This museum insdie the Patent and Trade building is very interesting. It has many facts that were new to me. Walk in the front door and out the back to find several of restaurants.
    Written 7 August 2019
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