Family-Friendly Activities to do in Alexandria

Misbah Akhtar

Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the lesser-known gems that everyone should visit.  Just south of Washington D.C., Alexandria doesn’t try to shed away its history or hide it. Instead, it embraces it as part of moving towards the future.


If you’re in town with your family and want to have fun in a vacation spot without worrying about boring your children: here are the top family-friendly exhibits!

Alexandria Archaeology Museum

Average review: 4.2 stars out of 5 stars.

Location: on the Potomac.

Archeology is one of the most exciting studies to go into because you get to pull together the pieces of the worlds’ past and put them together into a position that works.  This museum is the perfect mix of interesting and informative that will ensure your children will learn something and want to come back.

Old Town Alexandria

Average review: 4.8 stars out of 5 stars.

Location: close to 495.

Many may assume the best shopping and fun in any city is in the downtown sector: but don’t let Alexandria fool you!  Just off of 495, nestled in against the Potomac, Old Town Alexandria is more charming than ever.  A large assortment of artisan shops, a wide range of activities, and some of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet combine into a fun and exciting place to spend a summer afternoon.

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Average review: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Location: on the Potomac.

Don’t let the name of this art center scare you away!  Although the building used to be where munitions and torpedoes were made, it’s now an incredible art center that could inspire and entertain anyone who visited.  This art center is incredibly hands-on, and you won’t want to leave after you’ve experienced it!


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Carlyle House Historic Park

Average review: 4.8 stars out of 5 stars.

Location: Old Town Alexandria

This colonial museum is a piece of art all its own.  With beautiful architecture, and stunning lawn design, you may think this is no place for families to head into on vacation, but you’d be wrong!  Interactive activities allow visitors to feel like they’ve stepped back in time to take in history firsthand.  Although this property makes many wish it was one of the many Alexandria houses for sale, it’s one of a kind.


Average review: 4.8 stars out of 5 stars.

Location: on the Potomac.

This building looks like it came straight from ancient Greece, obviously inspired by the gorgeous architecture of the time.  The most fantastic thing about this space is that it’s rented out for many exhibits and events every month, so although many of them aren’t public, you still have the opportunity to enjoy new things whenever they are shared.  Taking pictures in front of this building alone can be fun to try and trick families into thinking you had a far more expensive vacation than a drive to Alexandria!


Every piece of this city falls together to create a fun and unique experience: you won’t want to leave once you visit!

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