Top 12 Unique Things To Do In Old Town Alexandria Waterfront All Summer

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Old Town Alexandria Waterfront is the third oldest Locally Designated Historic District in the country. There are more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques, as well as intimate historical museums and special events.

Alexandria Waterfront is definitely one of those Virginia cities that deserves the tour it takes. Get outside and enjoy the sun and fresh air this summer in Old Town Alexandria Waterfront, Virginia.

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So, whether you’re visiting for a day trip or staying here as a home base for your DC vacation. You’ll quickly discover why Old Town Alexandria Waterfront has been named the Top 5 Best Small Towns in the US for several years by the Condé Nast Travel Readers’ Choice Awards.

Visitors will enjoy the walkable city center which is lined with beautifully preserved 18th and 19th-century architecture. Founded in 1749, this historic city is easily accessible by water taxis, Metro, bike share, and more.

This is an activity guide in Old Town Alexandria Waterfront, for first-time visitors to northern Virginia city. Enjoy opportunities for outdoor adventure, from outdoor concerts to water sports.

Join Lets Roam Scavenger Hunt: Old Town Alexandria Waterfronts Makeover

Let’s Roam is the Top 1 app-guided scavenger hunt. Travel to top attractions and hidden gems, answer trivia questions, and solve challenges. Collaborate or compete with your team as you learn new facts and create unforgettable experiences.

Alexandria Waterfronts Lets Roam Scavenger Hunt Update! - Ravenwood Castle
Alexandria Waterfronts Lets Roam Scavenger Hunt Update! – Ravenwood Castle

Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday event or bachelorette party, birthday party, corporate team building event, and more! Each player chooses an interactive character, and the challenges vary from person to person.

Following in the footsteps of George Washington and discover the best sights around Alexandria Waterfront! Download the Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunt app and start exploring today! Whether tourists, locals, or new to the city, this is a lively small group activity that everyone can enjoy.

Lace up your walking shoes and get ready to experience the city like never before. Take photos, race against time, and test your navigation skills as you hike at your own pace. No reservations, no guided tours, and fun for all ages.

Explore Washington, D.C. By Bus With Glass Roof Or Open Roof – Old Town Alexandria Waterfront

Make the most of your trip to America’s capital with a 3.5-hour SkyVue Convertible Tour of Washington, D.C. Enjoy panoramic views from the comfort of your SkyVue vehicle as you travel to some of the most iconic locations on the East Coast of the United States.

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Stop to explore the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, and U.S. Air Force Memorial. Additionally, visit Maryland National Harbor and choose to ride the 177-foot (54.9-meter) Capitol Ferris Wheel.

Open-Top Convertible Bus Tour of Alexandria Waterfront

Meet in front of the U.S. Navy Memorial a few minutes before 10:00 AM for this 3.5-hour tour of Washington DC by SkyVue convertible van. Climb into a Mercedes-Benz SkyVue Convertible. Get ready to let your guide show you the East Coast of the United States.

The first stops on this tour are the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial. Enjoy photo opportunities as you stroll through the National Mall. Before heading to National Harbor, Maryland. At National Harbor, stroll along the waterfront or take the Capital Wheel (own expense).

Next up is a visit to Old Town Alexandria Waterfront, Virginia. Keep your eyes open as you cruise the Potomac River. Hear stories of Alexander’s colonial history from your guide.

Your final stop of the day is the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial and the U.S. Air Force Memorial. Your tour will take you to where the tour begins – the United States Naval Memorial.

Twilight Guided Night Tour

See the lights of Washington DC at night on this guided minibus tour. Pass and stop at some of the city’s most important memorials and attractions. Including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial.

Which are usually less crowded after dark. With traffic and navigation in mind, all that’s left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

Your Washington DC trip begins when you meet at the U.S. Naval Memorial at least 15 minutes before your flight. After checking in with your guide, board a comfortable minibus for a guided tour.

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On your DC night tour, you’ll pass the landmarks of America’s capital and marvel at the illuminated monuments and buildings. Some of the main attractions visited on this tour are the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Tidal Basin.

Your bus will stop at some of the attractions and your guide will show you the way and tell you the history associated with each attraction. These usually popular spots tend to be less crowded at night, giving you time and space to reflect.

Small-Group Segway Scooter Tour in Old Town Alexandria Waterfront

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Cope with the heat! Visit historic Old Town Alexandria Waterfront while cruising on our self-balancing scooter.

All tours start with a short training session where we will teach you how to drive our self-balancing scooters. Then hit the streets! A knowledgeable guide will take you on a Segway adventure through the city!

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Riding a Segway allows you to walk three times as much ground! Unlike a bus tour of the old town. We give you a chance to breathe fresh air and explore the history and architecture of the old town at your leisure. Headphones are provided for all drivers to hear the guide clearly.

Old Town Alexandria Waterfront Food Tour

Explore Old Town Alexandria Waterfront and focus on its food and history on this walking tour. Follow your guide to some of the area’s historical highlights and learn about nearly three hundred years of history as you travel.

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Stop at several family-run restaurants to sample local seafood, Italian dishes, fusion cuisine, and artisan desserts. The tasting adds up to a great dinner.

This 3.5-hour tour explores parts of this historic and architecturally unique city that has flourished for over 200 years. Get off the beaten track and discover locally owned and operated restaurants in this historic city.

Learn about the importance of Old Town Alexandria Waterfront in this country’s history on this guided, narrated walking tour. During the tour, stop for special dishes prepared by the unique family-run restaurant. Once done, you can truly appreciate the heritage, history, and local cuisine of Old Town Alexandria Waterfront.

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Experience all aspects of the old town! This tour takes you through a city that embodies three centuries of glamour with stately mansions, charming townhouses, and tree-lined streets. See what makes this former part of the city so charming, unique, and delicious.

Alexandria Waterfronts Private Walking Tour

Discover some of the most famous sights in Old Town Alexandria Waterfront, VA on this 90-minute Civil War-era walking tour. See many historic buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Hear colorful stories about their founding fathers and discover little-known facts about all the monuments, statues, and buildings in the area. Visit the historic mansion and gardens of Carlyle House.

The Church of Christ where George Washington prayed. Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop, now preserved as a museum, etc. All required entrance fees are included.

Inspired by the PBS original series Mercy Street, see buildings used as hospitals and logistics centers during the Civil War. Learn about the day-to-day fighting in Alexandria Waterfronts at the time. And the difficulties doctors and nurses on both sides of the Confederacy faced caring for hordes of wounded soldiers.

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Get to know a forgotten founding father, John Carlyle, in his historic stone home and gardens – Carlyle House. See where George Washington first served as president. Explore the Torpedo Factory, a former naval munitions factory converted into an arts center. Learn what happened to the $200,000 sale of Mount Vernon and visit the Gadsby Tavern, home to two former Civil War victims.

Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Waterfront Half Day Tour in George Washington from DC

Explore the city limits beyond Washington, D.C., and discover some of the country’s most important historic landmarks on this half-day bus tour.

Choose between morning and afternoon departure times and set off along the George Washington Memorial Parkway: you’ll spy on landmarks such as the Robert E. Lee Children’s Home, George Washington Masonic National Memorial, and Christ Church in Old Town Alexandria Waterfronts.

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Upon arrival, take a self-guided audio tour of Mount Vernon’s grounds and museums. Upgrades at checkout include access to Arlington Cemetery.

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The Washington Monument, designed by Robert Mills, was eventually completed by Thomas Casey and America. The Army Corps of Engineers honors and honors George Washington in the heart of the nation’s capital.

The structure was completed in two phases, one private (1848-1854) and one public (1876-1884). Built-in the shape of an Egyptian obelisk, the Washington Monument evokes the eternity of ancient civilizations.

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It embodies the nation’s reverence, respect and gratitude for its most important Founding Father. When completed, the Washington Monument was the tallest building in the world at 555 feet and 5-1/8 inches.

Private Tour of History Old Town Alexandria Waterfronts and Mount Vernon

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Take a break from the city without navigating on your own on this guided day trip to Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Waterfront. No need to plan logistics: reserved tickets and a guided tour of Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.

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Then, explore Old Town Alexandria with a guide who will make sure you see historic sights that are often unmarked and overlooked by tourists.

Enjoy Charming History Old Town Ghost and Pub Tour of Alexandria Waterfronts

Discover the rich history of Old Town Alexandria Waterfront on a small-group walking tour and pub crawl. Wander the town’s 18th-century townhouses and secret alleys and hear ghostly tales from your costumed guide. Along the way, stop at historic pubs to gain courage before continuing on to other spooky locations.

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Self-Guided Cycling Tour To Vernon Mountain With The Option Of Returning With Cruise

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Experience the beauty of the Potomac River and Old Town Alexandria Waterfronts on this independent bike tour along the Mount Vernon Trail. Visit the historic estate that was once the home of George Washington, and wander the grounds, galleries, and hallways of this stately mansion.

Optional tour upgrade and relax on the narrated Potomac River cruise return trip to Alexandria. This independent tour offers a lot of flexibility and is one of the best ways to explore Mount Vernon.

Your independent Mt. Vernon bike tour begins in the morning at a bike shop in Old Town Alexandria Waterfront. Navigate scenic trails to historic Mount Vernon on two wheels using the provided map. This one-way ride is great for all levels.

Arrive at George Washington’s famous estate, lock your bike, and enjoy exploring at your leisure. Admire the decorations of this 18th-century landmark and view historical exhibits at the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. Take the time to explore the once 3,237-acre site and visit the Washington Tomb.

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This morning’s activities are sure to whet your appetite, so enjoy lunch (own expense) at the Mount Vernon Estate Food Court before boarding the Mount Vernon Trail back to Alexandria. Arrive in the Old Town Alexandria Waterfront in the evening to return the bicycle.

Potomac River Cruise Upgrade: After exploring the Mount Vernon estate, visitors can opt for a scenic river cruise aboard the Miss Christine. Meet your boat at the Mt Vernon Dock and enjoy the views on a relaxing cruise along the Potomac River. This optional upgrade is perfect for travelers who prefer a one-way trip rather than a return trip.

Arlington National Cemetery Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Visit the important memorials and important cemeteries of Arlington National Cemetery with a hop-on hop-off trolley pass. It’s the perfect way to get a full overview of this remarkable site in just a few hours.

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Visit the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps War, and the Robert E. Lee Memorial. The tram also takes you to the burials of Presidents John F. Kennedy and General John J. Pershing, as well as the Arlington House.

Take a hop-on hop-off tram ride to visit the most famous tombs and memorials, and learn about the history of the cemetery from your onboard guide. Ride the hop-on hop-off tram at any designated location (see list of stops below).

Eternal Fire From President John F. Kennedy Cemetary

Disembark to explore the sights on foot and pay tribute to fallen American heroes. See the Eternal Fire where President John F. Kennedy was buried next to his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Your hop-on hop-off pass is valid for the entire loop, so you can easily enjoy the sharpness of Arlington National Cemetery. The trolley leaves regularly throughout the day, or you can stay on for the entire cycle.

Alexandria Old Town Boutique Food & History Tour

Combine the food and history of Old Town Alexandria Waterfront on this half-day city tour. Where you’ll taste local dishes you might have overlooked, perfect for first-time visitors.

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Since your guides sometimes tell scandalous stories, you can learn more about the city’s history than you can on your own, and pass off the beaten track landmarks that many travelers miss.

Discover instagramable Spot and public art in Alexandria Waterfronts

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Picturesque Old Town Alexandria, just minutes from Washington, DC. Located in Virginia, it offers photo-friendly gems that will keep Instagrammers active for days, from waterfront art to hidden alleys to one-of-a-kind townhouses.

With captivating details and stunning views, our Instagram guide to Old Town Alexandria includes the best places to stage the perfect shot, inspired by local Instagrammers.

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When you visit these great sites and discover your own, remember to tag #VisitALX for a chance to see your photo credited to the Visit Alexandria Instagram feed @VisitAlexVA.