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Nestled between Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Alexandria is home to notable landmarks and great parks. There’s plenty to do here for everyone! The best-known attraction in the city is Old Town, which has gracious brick sidewalks and well-preserved buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. The nation’s founding fathers dined at Gadsby’s Tavern, which today is a museum where you can see period photographs and objects. Visit the restored Georgian mansion at the Carlyle House Historic Park then saunter through Wilkes Tunnel, an important landmark.
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The city’s history is told in The Lyceum, a grand hall built in 1839. The Lee-Fendall House dates to the mid-18th century and has family memorabilia showcasing American history. Lean about the city’s black history at the Alexandria Black History Museum, which seeks to foster tolerance and understanding among all cultures.
Ever wondered what a drug store from the 1800s was like? Step into the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. Nearby, the Athenaeum is a venue for visual and performing arts in a grand Greek Revival building. Psst – you can visit the gallery for free! Market Square is in many ways the heart of the city – and it’s the home of the best farmers market in Alexandria, too!
Ready to throw a Frisbee or stretch your legs? Rivergate City Park has long running trails and plenty of water frontage, and nearby Tide Lock Park is a great place to hop on the Mount Vernon Trail. Montgomery Park is the perfect spot for a round of tennis and Founders Park has a sand volleyball court and is adjacent to the Potomac Riverboat Company.
The Torpedo Factory Art Center is highly rated by visitors who love the collection of artists who show and sell paintings, photographs, and sculpture. Notable galleries include Kyo Gallery, St. George Gallery, KunstHaus, and Principle Gallery.
Work up an appetite? The city has more than 100 restaurants, and most of the best are along King Street. Play pool at Rock It Grill or sip wine at La Fromagerie. Dig into farm-to-fork New American fare at Vermilion or enjoy elevated steakhouse fare at Hunting Creek. Oysters are the star at Hank’s and the coffee is always fresh at Misha’s.
Bring your appetite, your shopping bags, and your sense of adventure and come see what all the excitement is about in Alexandria!