Alexandria with Kids
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos , AFAR Local Expert
Founded in 1749, Alexandria has seen its fair share of history, as a big tobacco trading post, an occupied city in the South during the Civil War, and now a hip suburb of Washington, D.C. Just nine miles from D.C., Alexandria is a great place to play, shop, and eat.
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121, USA
Even though our original trip to the Washington D.C. area was to cover Annapolis Maryland, we were more impressed with Mount Vernon, George Washington's home. The buildings and grounds have been beautifully restored, and there are even live farm...
Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Easier to visit after the renovations at Jones Point Park just under the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, the Jones Point Lighthouse can be a great place to take in the shoreline. Alexandria was once one of the busiest seaports in the U.S. back in...
Old Town, Alexandria, VA, USA
As you're strolling down King Street, it's hard to wrap your head around that you're walking down the same brick and cobblestone streets that George Washington walked down. An area once filled with taverns and offices has been given new life, with...
1120 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Owned by Alexandria’s own celebrity chef Cathel Armstrong, Vermillion feels special from the minute you walk in the door. The King Street row house that holds this four star restaurant is dimly lit with wall sconces lighting the way. It’s the food...
2051 Jamieson Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
I’m not usually one for chain restaurants, even when they’re local chains, but tucked back into the Carlyle area of Old Town, across the street from the Westin, is Old Town’s best Thai restaurant. The third location of a local chain, Pasara Thai...
2310 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
Don’t let the line snaking back and forth inside the Dairy Godmother deter you: it is worth the wait. A visit on any summer evening (and even sometimes in the winter) will find the line double-backed inside this Del Ray hot spot. Liz, the Dairy...
100 S Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
What could possibly be so special about a Starbucks? There are seemingly millions of them dotting the street corners, parking lots, airport concourses and hotel lobbies world wide. But this Starbucks is different. You’ll still find the same array...
108 N Patrick St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Pretty People Vintage is a one-stop shop for finding unique clothing, jewelry, and accessories in Old Town. Owner Annie Lee curates her collection with wearable pieces that can easily be incorporated into the modern woman's wardrobe. Throughout...
105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
As you walk along the waterfront, it will immediately catch your eye—a large, Art Deco building with an unusual name: the Torpedo Factory. Once actually home to a factory that produced torpedoes for WWII, it has since been taken over by painters,...
301 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Whenever I'm traveling, I love to spend Saturday morning exploring a local farmers market. You can also find lots of locals there, shopping for their weekly produce, and it's also a great place to sample food from local restaurants. Every Saturday...
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