Old Town
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Quaint old seaport section of Alexandria on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Wildwoodgrammy6691
    Kissimmee, Florida56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful section of the old city
    So much to see and do in Old Town! There is a free bus and a free trolley that stops many places. Visit the Visitors Center and get a city passport for $20 and you can get discounts at a lot of places in town. There is a wonderful Farmers Market on Saturdays, a water taxi, and more restaurants than you could count. Amazing food, amazing views, loved the whole trip.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • wilson k
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Town Alexandria newbie
    First time to old town and it was very beautiful and charming. Love the row houses and wharf. The West Coast does not have too many of these historic places. Even though it was humid, there were tons of people on a Sunday afternoon. Lots of outdoor eating places. Definitely hard to find parking as expected.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Rod D
    Atlanta, Georgia175 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming, fun destination for couples or families.
    I highly recommend Old Town Alexandria for a multiple night stay. Taking the metro from King Street Metro Station in Old Town Alexandria to all the historical sights in Washington DC is easy and reasonable. King Street is fun and interesting. Walk down King Street to the Potomac water front. There are many good restaurants. I loved the ambiance of the water front. We were there five nights and there are still many things we want to go back and experience that we did not get to do on this trip.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 31, 2023
  • GastroEclectico
    Phoenix, Arizona881 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating day excursion romp of enjoyment!
    Having lived in Virginia for many, many years, Old Town Alexandria was a regular jaunt for us. From retail shopping, gift shops, incredible restaurants, its historic homes, building architecture, antique shops, art galleries, walking-friendly streets and alleys, cobblestone streets, friendly people, easy parking, cleanliness, museums, wharf, docks and parks make this unique 1700s town not just a historical landmark in American history, but a fascinating day excursion romp of enjoyment. One can easily start with breakfast, enjoy lunch, have a fine dinner and wrap up with a nightcap in a full day’s visit. The town is full of historical locations with the likes of Gadsby’s Tavern, Christ Church, the Torpedo Factory, and much, much more. Virginia is full of historical places, but this is one location where you can soak in most of what the State has to offer in one fell swoop. Not to mention it’s a hop, step and jump from our Nations Capitol. I’m sure this will be a fascination and enjoyable visit for everyone young and old.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 25, 2023
  • dustythoughts
    Manchester, Connecticut2,137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quaint, charming area
    This charming Old Town was a wonderful way to perambulate and take in the fascinating architecture. There are numerous small shops, great restaurants, and historical sites throughout the Old Town, which abuts the gorgeous wharf/waterfront. The pathways are lined with cobblestone, which adds to the quaintness of the area. Everything is clean and well-maintained, and everyone here is very friendly. At night, fairy lights are strung through the trees, which we absolutely loved. The row houses are lovely. You could spend days just in the Old Town.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 12, 2024
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Wildwoodgrammy6691
Kissimmee, FL56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
So much to see and do in Old Town! There is a free bus and a free trolley that stops many places. Visit the Visitors Center and get a city passport for $20 and you can get discounts at a lot of places in town. There is a wonderful Farmers Market on Saturdays, a water taxi, and more restaurants than you could count. Amazing food, amazing views, loved the whole trip.
Written July 14, 2023
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,904 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Old Town Alexandria has more original historic buildings than Colonial Williamsburg, but they are surrounded by a modern city. Stroll the streets and you will discover many treasures. Stop at the visitor center (located inside a historic home) to pick up information. Then walk around and stop at the various historic homes and museums. You can take the free King St. trolley to get an introduction to the area and to return to the Metro station.
Written January 17, 2020
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bassaidai88
Hagerstown, MD557 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Old Town Alexandria is vibrant and alive. However, because of the attractiveness of the location parking on the street can be a bear. Luckily there are numerous parking garages that charge $5 max on the weekends. I'd recommend the one under the market or on Pitt street. From there it is a short walk down to the river front. The Marina there does have clean public restrooms too. There are numerous cafes, restaurants and shops all up and down King Street. The side streets offer glimpses at very old architecture and quaint gardens.
Written February 23, 2020
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Pete B
Fairfax, VA1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This place is a crumbling dump slowly being gobbled up and defaced by developers. There are many other historic places to see in the Washington DC area that provide a much better experience than this moth-eaten old dump of a town. Yes, it has a lot of nifty old buildings, but it's overrun with congestion, difficult parking ($40 fines for running 1 minute over on the meters), crappy junk stores and mostly poor-to-mediocre restaurants. If you want to be near the water for some great night life I highly recommend places on the other side of the Potomac like Georgetown or The Wharf (both actually worth dealing with the traffic and crowds), or take the GW Parkway south of Old Town for beautiful water vistas. Old Town Alexandria is a shell of its former self and I will not be going back, not worth it at all.
Written April 14, 2022
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DClocal
Washington DC, DC44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
Alexandria’s Old Town is a charming and historic downtown with a mile of local boutiques and restaurants along King Street. Reminiscent of Newport and Nantucket with brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets, Old Town offers quaint port city vibes in an incredible location. For dining, there’s seafood, steakhouses, Italian, and everything in between. The shopping is another draw for locals and visitors with curated boutiques filled with clothes, home decor, and priceless antiques. Just beyond the hustle and bustle of King St, you can stroll down Prince or Cameron St for a look at the estates and centuries old architecture. The city is very pedestrian friendly but, also has protected bike lanes and trails running throughout. There are three Metro stops which can take you anywhere in the region and a Water Taxi if you’re looking to boat over to the Wharf for a Nationals game.
Written November 18, 2022
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Debs91011
New York City, NY77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I found this to be a very walkable town but beware, no spike heels! Most of the area is brick or cobblestone paving. We felt very safe there, even at night.
Some very nice, older homes.
Unfortunately, many shops are closed Sunday & or Monday. Even the Torpedo Art Gallery is only open 4 days a week.
Written May 4, 2022
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BornTraveling
Baltimore, Maryland117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
Old Town Alexandria is a fantastic place to roam around. Many of the buildings date from the 18th century, and each is unique. Historic row houses stretch for blocks. There is a walkway all along the waterfront. We enjoyed walking to the Jones Point Lighthouse. Before leaving Old Town, we stopped at the large Saturday morning farmer’s market to buy apples and flowers.
Written December 20, 2020
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Traveller
New York City, NY3,228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I walked around Alexandria Old Town for a couple of hours in July 2021. The first challenge is to find parking. I parked my car in the Courthouse Parking Garage at King Street and Pitt Street. It was an extremely hot and humid day. I stopped by the Alexandria Visitors Center for a map and brochure. I walked on King Street to the Waterfront which is full of restaurants, water taxis and boat tours and a view of the Potomac River. Unfortunately, the Torpedo Factory Art Center was closed (it is closed on Tuesdays). I took the King Street Trolley which is free towards the George Washington Masonic Monument and got out at the last stop which is the Metro Station. After visiting the monument, I walked back on King Street to the parking garage and my car - a walk of 20-30 minutes. King Street is full of shops and restaurants. It was a very nice visit. I wish that I had had more time in Alexandria and plan to return in the future.
Written July 24, 2021
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A.M
104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Tons of parking (we parked for $2.50/HR), tons of restaurants and cute little stores. The waterfront was nice to get some fresh air and relax as well. Nice way to spend some free time. The smallest historic house is located in the area and there are several plaques explaining some historical significance of certain buildings (like city hall).
Written March 22, 2022
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Eriko
Santa Monica, CA240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Fun and easy day trip from DC. You can either take the Water Taxi/ Ferry from Georgetown or the Metro ( which drops you off at King St Station).

King Street is the main street of Old Town where the Visitor Center is located. King Street takes you right to the waterfront, or the Ferry drops you off right at the waterfront and is steps from King Street.

We enjoyed strolling the streets and there are several historic buildings and museums to see if you have the time.

On this trip we had only a few hours, so we found a couple places to have snacks and then checked out the waterfront park where families can enjoy the swinging benches and the playground by the I LOVE YOU sign. That's a perfect selfie area!

Right along the waterfron are several restaurants and then there is the Torpedo Factory, and art gallery and studio! Three floors of art in a former torpedo factory! It's free to explore and browse.

I loved our few hours here and would love to return.
Written May 7, 2022
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