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Ranked #2 of 96 things to do in Alexandria
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Owner description: Quaint old seaport section of Alexandria on the National Register of Historic Places.
Reviewed May 5, 2013

If you plan to visit Old Town Alexandria,consider visiting also the George Washington Masonic Memorial and the River Front. There is ample FREE parking at the Memorial, but there is a entrance fee of $8.00. Parking is limited at the Old Town and River Front areas.

Some things to consider:

1. Take Metro or Drive to the 3 tourist areas?

The Blue and Yellow Lines of Metro take you to the King Metro Station.It is a short walk from this Station to the Memorial. You can see it on the left side of the station when you get off the train. After your visit of the Memorial, walk back to the King Metro Station and take the FREE trolley service to Old Town Alexandria and River Front.

Option B - walk down to these two sites, stopping along the way to window-shop/shop and admire the areas that you pass by. Take the FREE trolley back to the Metro Station to give your aching feet a break. Distance between these two sites and Metro is approximately less than 1 mile.

Driving: Parking is FREE at the Memorial. After your visit is finished, drive to the parking lot of the King Station and take the FREE trolley to Old Town and River Front areas. Parking is FREE at all Metro Stations on weekends.

Off-street metered parking spaces are limited in the above tourist areas and fines are high when you exceed you allotted two-hours.Consider parking at public garages if you think your visit/stay would be longer.

2. Visit Historical Tourist Areas?

Get your FREE map and Magazine from the Tourist Office/Ramsay House located at 221 King Street. They provide information about historical museums and churches in Alexandria as well as hotels, restaurants and shops.

Use the above materials to determine which museums and churches have entrance fees and those that do not before proceeding with your tours.

3. Eat at the restaurants located along King Street?

Menus and their prices are posted near the entrances/outside walls of the restaurants. Read them to determine which restaurant you would like to patronize.

I walked one block away from King Street and found a small Vietnamese Restaurant on Cameron Street that serves Pho/soups, sandwiches and combination platters for $5-$9. Service was speedy and foods were good.

Other Suggestion: Take the Potomac Rive Company or water taxi to cross the Potomac River to visit the National Harbor and Gaylord National Resort. The round trip fare is $16.00 per person. There are more restaurants and shops to visit at these two areas of Maryland.

4. Shop at the Farmers' Market in front of the City Hall/Market Square?

On Saturdays, bread, vegetables,flowers, etc are offered for sale at the Farmers' Market. It opens around 8:00 a.m.and closes at noon.

Enjoy your visit! I hope these tips help you have a wonderful visit of 3 areas in Alexandria and perhaps, 2 more tourist areas in Maryland.

1  Thank LolaGo1
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Old Town has been supplanted by many alternatives in the more than 15years I have been living in this area. It still has a charm of its own (like Georgetown in Washington DC) and has interesting eating places and drinking establishments.

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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Chose to drive to Old Town Alexandria vs. using metro due to metro's unreliability and the fact that I was hosting elderly guests. Thought Old Town would be a nice day out. I will never visit again. While legal parking was difficult ( to be expected) i received quite a surprise..... After finding a legal metered space, paying for two hours parking (no problem) and retrieving my car before meter expired, I was quite surprised to find a $40 ticket on my windshield for "misuse of meter". Meter person ticketed vehicle because the receipt had slipped down a bit-- although it was still visible AND clearly the meter had been paid as I did not receive a ticket for expiration. Rather than staying longer for dinner and shopping-- we left. I want to warn driving visitors about this practice. I don't know if it is limited to this meter policeman or a city wide practice, but it is not very tourist friendly AND an unreasonable charge to top it. I would have loved to see more of old town since I had not been there in 20 yrs., but if this is how they operate, it isn't worth it. I find a visit filled with "fear" that I will receive a random "misuse of meter" ticket not worth the trouble. Sometimes, you just can't use the metro and we are more than an hour away travel time.

3  Thank Jacklizamom
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Old Town has incredible restaurants, tons of vintage shops, and an old world feel. You can dine at Gadsby's where George Washington had dined, get homey pho, or get an upscale experience at Vermilion/Brabo. Must visit for people with children/dogs or couples.

Thank emilyruzbarsky
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

King street is full of great boutique shops. It's crowded during the day, but morning and evening were nice to stroll around.

Thank Erin S
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