The 15 Best Things to Do in Alexandria, VA

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Perched right on the banks of the Potomac River, just across from Washington, DC, it’s almost impossible not to fall head over feet for Alexandria.

With so many cool things to see, do, and eat, you might not know where to begin. So we’ve compiled our list of the absolute best things to do in Alexandria for you.

You’ll find over 200 independently owned boutiques, cafes, and restaurants on and around King Street, Old Town’s main drag.

Tick Off Old Town Alexandria’s Best Attractions

If you’re looking for unique Alexandria attractions, don’t miss out on a visit to the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Once a US Naval Torpedo Station, this old munitions plant was transformed into a massive art center in 1974.

Get Your Art Fix at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Named after its former owner, the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is comprised of two historic taverns that date back to 1785 and 1792, as well as an 1878 hotel extension.

Dine at George Washington’s Favorite Tavern

While most visitors flock to Washington, DC, for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, it’s also well worth seeing the show in picture-perfect Alexandria!

Photograph the Cherry Blossoms on King Street

With its riverfront location and abundance of nearby farms, Alexandria is home to one of the coolest farmers’ markets around!

Sample Local Goods at the Oldest US Farmers’ Market

The apothecary was opened by a Quaker pharmacist named Edward Stabler in 1792 and was run by the same family until the business went bankrupt in 1933. However, in an effort to preserve the oldest apothecary in the United States, the space reopened as a museum in 1939.

Check Out the Oldest Apothecary in the US

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